Spotting one week prior to the onset of a menstrual period can be linked to dozens of causes dependent on a woman's former cycles, sexual activity, birth control method and age. According to WebMD, birth control pills and intrauterine devices are largely responsible.Continue Reading
WebMD explains that birth control pills that are not taken at the same time daily may cause bleeding prior to a woman's period. During the first few months of starting a birth control pill, spotting before a period is common in most women. Other causes of spotting before a period are polycystic ovarian syndrome, sexually transmitted infections, pelvic organ infections (more prevalent after intercourse or douching), pelvic inflammatory disease, extreme stress and pregnancy.
Implantation bleeding may be the cause of the spotting. Implantation bleeding generally occurs mid-cycle. According to Huggies Australia, 25 to 30 percent of women experience implantation bleeding in the earlier weeks of pregnancy. Other reasons spotting may occur around one week before a period are general hormonal imbalances, medication side effects, reproductive organ cancer, ectopic pregnancy or blood-thinning medications. A pap smear may also cause this bleeding.
WebMD explains that age may be a factor in spotting. Women over the age of 40 may be entering perimenopause if they experience spotting between periods.Learn more about Menstruation
A period can be about a week late before home pregnancy tests can accurately detect pregnancy, according to Central Carolina OB-GYN. If a woman is not pregnant, she may skip periods or have late periods for other reasons, notes pediatrician Jennifer Shu.Full Answer >
Implantation cramps are felt anywhere from a week to a few days before your period is due according to WebMD. If an embryo is fertilized, it will implant in the uterus anywhere from 7 to 12 days after you have ovulated. Implantation cramps may feel very similar to menstrual cramps.Full Answer >
Stress and extreme weight fluctuations may cause the menstrual period to arrive a week early, according to CNN. For some women, antidepressants, thyroid disease or polycystic ovary disease is the culprit.Full Answer >
According to Healthline, spotting and back pain within a week following a menstrual period can indicate uterine polyps. Uterine polyps are harmless, benign growths that develop inside of the uterus and are linked to hormonal fluctuations. Birth control pills and certain infections can also cause spotting and pain.Full Answer >