Question:

I have spotting after my period... why?

EXPERT ANSWER

That’s a great question. Let’s face it, it’s a pain to think that your period is done and then SURPRISE! A day or two later you have some brownish stuff in your underwear. Spotting like this happens when the lining of your uterus doesn’t quite finish the job of shedding itself during your period. A little bit stays behind and as the new lining starts to build up, this little bit that’s left over doesn’t have a good foothold and gets sloughed off causing a little bit of spotting. Spotting happens more in the first year or two after you start your period since the hormones that control the process are still getting their act together. The hormonal messages aren’t as consistent and as a result sometimes too little or too much estrogen or progesterone is sent out causing lining of the uterus to either get super thick, causing a heavier period, or slough off out of sync with your period causing spotting. Spotting is annoying, but wearing a thin panty liner can at least protect your underwear.

MOM ANSWER
And just when you thought it was safe to go on with your life! At some point, most women experience spotting – which is often the final remnants of your cycle. This is especially true if you are new to the period scene.  Annoying for sure, it’s generally nothing to be overly concerned about. There are many reasons for spotting, and I suggest you check Health Expert Dr. Molly’s posting to review them. I learned the hard way to stash supplies somewhere near me – my purse, backpack, even in the car glove box– so that I am never caught without.
PEER ANSWER

Just when you think you can put away the pads, tampons, and panty liners for another month, your period makes a comeback. I've heard friends complain that they swore their period totally stopped, only to make a sudden reappearance... at the most inconvenient time! It's definitely happened to me before, and it's definitely sort of annoying and confusing. But even though it can be frustrating, it's usually nothing to worry about. Health expert Molly O'Shea explained spotting and why it happens here. If you're at all worried about it, you can always make an appointment with your healthcare provider. And to address the "annoying" factor, you can try keeping an extra panty liner or two tucked away in the places you're most likely to be.

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