Why Am I Spotting?
What is spotting?
According to The Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada, nearly every woman will experience spotting at some point in her life. But how do you know if your spotting is cause for concernand how to stop it?Many things can cause spotting, says Dr. Dustin Costescu, an obstetrician and gynecologist at Hamilton Health Sciences and assistant professor in family planning at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont. In medical terms, he says, spotting is defined as “bleeding that does not require sanitary protection. But spotting can take on different forms. “The first and obvious one is spots of blood with wiping or noticed on sanitary protection or underwear,” says Costescu. “Sometimes spotting results in brown discharge (think old blood plus normal mucus production), which can be confused for infection, but is usually not associated with any odour or other symptoms.Below, Costescu shares the possible reasons you’re spotting, and whats so normal” about it.(Related: 12 Period Mistakes Youre Making Every Month)