Brown spotting between periods is often a sign of irregular menstrual cycles. It may also be a sign of endometrial or cervical cancer according to WebMD.com.Continue Reading
Often associated with old endometrial tissue, a brown discharge should not necessarily be a cause for concern. This discharge may occur in the middle of the menstrual cycle when a woman is ovulating. The discharge may also be caused by menopause, pelvic inflammatory disease or sexual transmitted diseases such as gonorrhea.
Sometimes a brown discharge is accompanied by other symptoms, which may include pain, burning, itching, vaginal dryness, frequent urination or pain during intercourse.Learn more about Menstruation
Light-colored spotting in place of a menstrual period is a common sign of implantation bleeding, the process that occurs when a fertilized egg adheres to the lining of the uterus, according to the American Pregnancy Association. Women often mistake implantation bleeding for menstruation.Full Answer >
Some temporary side effects of Novasure ablation are nausea, vomiting, cramping, discharge and spotting, while more serious side effects include perforation, infection and thermal injury, according to Novasure. Only women who do not plan to become pregnant in the future should have the procedure because it makes the body unable to safely sustain a pregnancy. Women who have active pelvic, urinary or genital infections should not use it nor should women with IUDs or possible uterine cancer.Full Answer >
The greatest difference between spotting and a regular period is the amount of blood passed, according to MDhealth.com. While a period has a consistent flow of blood for three to five days, spotting is much lighter, more sporadic and has greater irregularity than a regular period. Spotting is completely normal in some women. However, in others it sometimes signifies pregnancy or an underlying condition that requires medical treatment.Full Answer >
Pregnancy, miscarriage, ovulation, polycystic ovary syndrome, birth control or pelvic inflammatory disease can cause spotting before a period, explains WebMD. Most women experience abnormal bleeding, and it isn't always dangerous unless other symptoms are present.Full Answer >