Spotty periods are so annoying! Here are a few tips on how to deal with spotting between periods, based on my experience and research on womens’ menstrual cycles.
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The most practical short-term tip on how to deal with spotting between periods – which I learned from a novel, not a gynecologist – is to buy black underwear. This way you won’t stain your undies, which is one of the annoying things about spotty periods. Black underwear hides the little spots, and is much cheaper than having to through out stained undies.
The best long-term tip for dealing with breakthrough bleeding is to learn what causes spotty periods between cycles of regular menstrual bleeding. If you don’t know what causes spotting between periods, then you can’t find the solution! This will increase your anxiety or even fear about why it’s happening. Once you figure out the possible causes, then you can learn how to deal with spotting between periods.
Here’s my experience with this annoying health issue – which many women have to cope with. You can rest assured that you’re not alone if you’re dealing with spotty periods. I also included some research on womens’ menstrual cycles, so you can learn what’s normal and what’s not…
How to Deal With Spotting Between Periods
Ugh – I’ve been dealing with “breakthrough bleeding” for several months now. I think it’s either my fibroids or perimenopause. Here’s what I’m doing to take care of my gynecological health – perhaps you’ll find a few useful tips on how to deal with spotting between periods in your own body.
Learn why women have spotty periods
If you can figure out the reason you’re spotting between periods, then you’ll be able to start figuring out how to deal with it. This take time! And, you probably won’t know what’s causing breakthrough bleeding for you just by reading this list of possible causes of spotting between periods.
Here’s a list of possible reasons for breakthrough bleeding:
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- Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) – a hormone imbalance that interferes with normal ovulation and can cause abnormal bleeding
- Birth control pills sometimes cause spotty periods. You may have minor bleeding between periods during the first few months if you’ve just starting taking the pill
- Inconsistent schedule of taking birth control pills (you’re supposed to take the pill at the same time every day)
- An intrauterine device (IUD)
- Infection in your vagina, cervix, uterus, fallopian tubes, or ovaries – caused by a sexually transmitted infections
- Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) causes inflammation or infection of the uterus, fallopian tubes, or ovaries, which can cause spotty periods
Other – less common – problems that make you want to learn how to deal with spotting between periods include sexual abuse, an object in the vagina, uterine fibroids, polyps, cancer of the cervix, uterus, ovaries, or vagina, and extreme emotional stress and excessive exercise.
Now, let’s talk about how to deal with spotting between periods…but if you’re hungry you might want to go straight to What to Eat for a Normal Menstrual Cycle.
Visit your family doctor
Sometimes it’s normal to have a few spots of blood on your undies between periods, which is why I suggested black underwear at the top of this article. I used to have very minor spotting every once in awhile.
But now, I have to figure out how to deal with spotting between periods every single month. What a pain in the tush! After about four months of spotty periods, I finally booked an appointment with my family doctor. What a pain in the vajayjay.
Get the required gynecological exams
The first thing my doctor asked is when my last pap smear ways. She forgot that she did it five months earlier, and the results were normal. If you haven’t had a pap smear recently, your doctor may do one to determine why you’re spotting between periods. Read How to Relax When You’re Getting a Pap Smear for help with that.
My family doctor also did a gynecological exam that involved feeling my pelvis and uterus. Very unpleasant, but necessary. She didn’t feel any lumps or bumps that could be the reason for my breakthrough bleeding. She also felt my abdomen but nothing was unusual….which mean she couldn’t tell me how to deal with spotting between periods right then.
Book an appointment for a pelvic ultrasound
My doctor wrote me a prescription for an internal pelvic ultrasound. O the joy of having to book an appointment for a month in the future, and then get the ultrasound wand inserted inside my vajayjay. For about 10 minutes because the ultrasound tech couldn’t find my left ovary.
Then, I had to call my family doctor and book an appointment with her. The results of the pelvic ultrasound? Uterine fibroids, which I was already aware of….which again meant that she couldn’t tell me how to deal with spotting between periods.
The ultrasound also revealed polyps in my uterus (or was it a cyst?). This could be the reason I’ve been having spotty periods.
Get another pelvic ultrasound in 3 months
My family doctor wants me to go for a second internal pelvic ultrasound in three months, to see if the fibroids and polyps or cyst are growing. If so, that’s why I’m getting breakthrough bleeding. The results of this follow-up pelvic ultrasound will tell me how to deal with spotting between periods.
The reason I’m sharing all this with you is because so many readers ask me for advice on how to get a regular menstrual cycle and how to deal with spotty periods. See how difficult it is to get a diagnosis and prescription? And I haven’t even seen a gynecologist yet!
If you’re looking for tips on how to deal with spotting between periods, you need to see a doctor in person. Get a physical checkup, pap smear, and whatever other gynecological tests the doctor recommends.
The internet can be a good source of general health information, but it can’t give you a diagnosis, prognosis, or prescription for your irregular menstrual cycle.
For general, basic information on how to deal with spotting between periods, read How to Get Regular Periods in Natural Ways.
I welcome your thoughts on dealing with irregular menstrual bleeding – but I can’t offer health advice or counseling. You might still want to share your experience, though, and see if other women can offer their tips on how to deal with spotting between periods.
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