Discovering a little blood on your knickers before your period is due can be confusing. But take a deep breath. It’s usually no big deal – especially once you learn how to deal with it. Knowing why it happens can minimize the panic of seeing unexpected blood in your undies. So, here’s the what’s what with bleeding before your period is due, and how to be prepared for it.Bleeding vs spotting – what’s the difference?
Light bleeding before your expected period is known as spotting. Spotting is pink or brown blood that can show up on the toilet tissue after wiping, or on your knickers. Think enough pink or brown blood to leave a stain on light-coloured underpants, but not enough for a tampon.
It’s important to differentiate between spotting and bleeding. If you are bleeding enough to soak through a pair of knickers and it’s not time for your period, it’s also time to consult a doctor.Is spotting before my period normal?
Light spotting just before you get your period is completely normal. You may even notice light bleeding up to a week before your period is due. Understanding why it happens can make you feel more relaxed – so see some of the most common reasons below.
What’s most important with spotting is to notice what is normal for you. If you don’t normally bleed before your period is due, but suddenly have started noticing pink or brown spotting before your period, it might be worth bringing up with your doctor.Why does spotting happen?
Once a month, your hormones drop, letting your body know that it’s not pregnant and signalling to the lining of your uterus that it’s time to vacate the premises. Sometimes the uterus lining doesn’t break down uniformly, and some of it starts shedding a little ahead of schedule. This results in pink or brown spotting before your period. Some factors may increase the likelihood of spotting. For example:You’re just starting your period
Many girls tend to spot if they’ve just gotten their periods for the first time. If your body is new to menstruation, it may not have quite gotten the hang of it and all its accompanying hormones yet. This means irregular periods and spotting before your period for the first year or so. Not to worry. Practice makes perfect, and your body will get the hang of this whole period thing soon enough, eventually settling into a more reliable cycle. Ovulation
Some girls and women spot when they ovulate, when an egg is released from one of your ovaries. Ovulation happens right smack in the middle of your cycle, typically 14 days after the first day of your period. The change in hormones that occur during ovulation can cause light bleeding before your expected period. A hormonal imbalance that affects ovulation can also cause spotting in the middle of your cycle. If you experience that a lot and feel worried about it, consult your doctor. Other changes to your hormonal balance
Things like stress or new birth control pills can also change your hormonal balance and cause light bleeding before your expected period. While it can be unnerving, it’s nothing to be alarmed about. What can I do about spotting?
If you’re just spotting, don’t fret. Just wear a panty liner like ALWAYS Dailies. They work like sanitary towels, but are way thinner and much more flexible, making them great for days when a pad is overkill, but you still need some protection. In fact, they’re so thin and flexible, you’ll barely know they’re there.
ALWAYS Dailies also come in a range of shapes that fit all kinds of knickers, so you don’t have to wear your granny pants just because you’re spotting.