You can begin by tracking your periods, noting when they begin and end as well as any unusual characteristics such as spotting. You will also want to take note of any other symptoms you may be experiencing such as cramping, swelling in your breasts or changes in appetite. This information can help your doctor come to a definitive diagnosis.
In cases where pregnancy is not a possibility, an occasional light period may not be a cause of concern. If you have just begun birth control pills or have recently switched types of birth control, your spotting may be due to stabilizing hormone levels.
However, if your spotting continues, you should discuss the issue with your doctor. While most cases are minor, it can indicate other more serious conditions such as endometrial cancer. If you are menopausal and experience spotting, abnormal menstrual cycles should be investigated.
Spotting instead of bleeding with a period can be just a minor fluctuation of hormones which will soon right itself. If your spotting is accompanied by other symptoms, you should not ignore this condition. Early detection can improve your treatment options whether it is a minor issue or an indication of pregnancy.
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