Approximately 10 percent of women experience spotting two weeks before their period because of a drop in estrogen levels around the time of ovulation, says Everyday Health. While a small amount of blood is often not cause for alarm, continued spotting or a heavy flow could point to serious medical complications and should be evaluated by a doctor.Continue Reading
Everyday Health describes spotting as "any vaginal bleeding that occurs after a menstrual period ends and before the next period starts." It may be a faint pink discharge, one or two drops of blood or a heavy flow comparable to that of a regular period. Other types of normal discharge between periods include white or clear discharge. If the discharge is unpleasant smelling or dark yellow in color, it may indicate a vaginal infection that needs medical attention.
According to Healthline, a menstrual cycle between 21 and 35 days long, and a period that lasts between two and seven days, is normal. Repeated spotting or bleeding outside of this cycle is considered abnormal and may indicate the following: hormonal imbalance, problems with intrauterine device, pregnancy complications, fibroids, polyps, cancer, stress or diabetes. If bleeding is accompanied by pain, fatigue, dizziness or fever, emergency medical attention is necessary.Learn more about Menstruation