Breakthrough bleeding means spotting or bleeding in between your periods. It can sometimes be inconvenient, but it does not need to control your life.
There are lifestyle changes you can make to get the best out of the whole month. Check out the symptoms, causes and solutions for breakthrough bleeding.
Breakthrough bleeding: symptoms
Also known as spotting, breakthrough bleeding is a common problem that is not always a cause for concern. The most common symptoms are:
- A very light period flow, or light bleeding in between periods
- Mid-cycle discharge that is tinged with blood.
Light period and spotting: causes
Breakthrough bleeding can be caused by different factors related to your lifestyle and health:
- hormonal changes
If you think you could be pregnant and are experiencing spotting, read this in-depth article on spotting and bleeding during pregnancy.
Track your period
Keeping track of your period can help you feel in charge and under control again. You'll know precisely when to expect your next period and you'll be able to identify the days of your estimated ovulation.
That way you'll know if you should expect spotting or your regular menstrual flow.
It's important to take notes whenever you realize changes to your menstrual cycle. Your period is like a fifth vital sign, and you should take the signals it gives seriously. Track all changes and symptoms you've noticed over the past months, which will help you remember concrete examples should you need to speak to a doctor.
Use an app such as Clue to start tracking your period and take back control.
Breakthrough bleeding solutions
De-stress your day
Stress is a common cause of period irregularity. Try to relax after a busy day, implement some mindfulness or easy yoga practices and keep a regular pattern.
If your spotting occurs frequently around ovulation and you have confirmation from a doctor that it is not a sign of a health risk, manage it with a menstrual cup. Wear it the days you expect some spotting and feel secure and confident.
Our menstrual cup is made of premium medical-grade silicone, which means it does not disrupt the vaginal pH and doesn't cause dryness or irritation during insertion such as with tampons, no matter how light your flow is. It's the perfect solution to manage spotting.