Spotting during actual menopause is not normal, as menopause is defined as the absence of a menstrual period for one year, according to the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists. Spotting during perimenopause is completely normal, occurring as a result of a change in hormone levels.
Perimenopause is the period of time that occurs before actual menopause, notes the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists. Perimenopause often lasts for years, resulting in shorter or heavier periods or spotting. Signs of abnormal bleeding that may be cause for concern include very heavy bleeding, bleeding that lasts longer than normal or bleeding that occurs more often than every 21 days.