Like many women, you may be anxious and worried when you notice mild spotting between periods. As such menstruation may cause lot of stress and pain in many women, additional burden of spotting may be distressing. Spotting between periods has numerous reasons; hormonal imbalance is the prime cause, other significant reasons are stress, certain medical conditions such as thyroid disease, blood disorders etc. Many times, it is possible to suffer from spotting between periods when on the pill (birth control pill). Curious to know what is the reason for spotting between menses even when you are taking your birth control pills? Here are few reasons that may be associated with spotting between the periods.
When you are taking birth control pills, it is possible in all probability that the endometrial tissue (inner lining of the uterus) may not be shed completely. Few pieces may have remained that are shed between the periods. As the blood is more than five to six days old, it has changed its color to light or dark brown. It is for this reason many women might notice brown discharge in between their periods when they are on the pills. Breakthrough bleeding is another term used for spotting between the periods. Breakthrough bleeding is a common side effect when you are taking birth control pills.
Stop Spotting Between Periods While On Pill
Spotting between periods is common when you start taking contraceptive pills; it is possible to have hormonal imbalance in your body for first few months. Usually after three months such spotting decreases. Few important tips a woman has to follow when she is taking pills in order to prevent spotting are:
- She has to take the pills daily. Missing a single pill may affect the integrity in the lining of the uterus (endometrium) and the resultant sloughing can be noticed as blood spots.
- If a woman wants to prevent spotting, fix a specific time to take the pill every day.
- Spotting between periods is likely to occur if the contraceptive pill you are taking is of low dosage.
- If you have sudden bleeding between periods and you are taking the contraceptive pills regularly and at same time, the other possibility might be infection. Consider having a gynecologist check up.
- If you are taking medications that affect the absorption of the pill, the potency of the pill decreases and there may be low level of the hormones resulting into breakthrough bleeding.
Cramps In Between Periods When On Pill
Some times when you are taking contraceptive pills, you may find cramping and other unwanted side effects of pills. Many women during the first few months of taking these pills experience cramping; you may also feel like vomiting and nausea. If you undergo this type of side effects, try to take the contraceptive pills at night or with food.
If you are switching the pills from one type to another or the dosage of the pills, there may be hormone fluctuation which may affect the uterine muscles causing cramps. Some pills contain either estrogen or progesterone hormone. Few combination pills that contain both the hormones in different doses may not suit you in the beginning and they can lead to contractions of the uterine muscles and cramps in the initial period. However, if the pain persists and intensifies, you should talk to your doctor.