Are You Spotting a Week Before Period? Here Are the Reasons Why!

As a woman, you’ll be experiencing a lot of things, such as menstruation and pregnancy. While these are regular processes your body goes through, there may be times you’ll feel discomfort or worried about the various symptoms you feel. If you’re spotting a week before period, then you might wonder why it happens if you aren’t due for your monthly menstruation yet.

Does it mean you’re pregnant? A serious health condition? Or something you shouldn’t worry about? Read on as I talk about what you need to know about spotting a week before period and if you’ll need to worry about it in the long run.

What is Spotting?

You may have experienced it before – A light spotting that isn’t exactly bleeding. It might be a discharge in pink or brownish tones or a white mucus. Either way, it stains your underwear and leaves you wondering if this is pre-menstrual bleeding or something more.

Here’s a video showing you about what spotting and discharge is:

The spotting may occur regularly for some women, and it might also come while you’re pregnant. But what does it mean? While it may seem worrying and a sign of either pregnancy or miscarriage, it will depend on certain factors.

But just to confirm: Light spotting or discharge is completely normal and should not be a cause for alarm.

Why Are You Spotting a Week Before Period?

If you happen to experience a light spotting or discharge a week before your period, you might be wondering if you’re turning irregular or suffer from a medical condition.

But why does it happen, exactly?

There are three main reasons as to why you might find a bit of spotting in your underwear:

1. Implantation Bleeding

If you’re spotting, then it may be from implantation spotting, when your fertilized egg would implant itself in your uterus. This results in pregnancy!

Another reason would be delayed ovulation, which is a breakage of a sect in your ovaries that causes light spotting.

2. Change of Birth Control Pills

Whether you started, stopped, or even changed the way you take in birth control pills, then it would change your hormone levels. As a result, it would cause spotting that lasts for about three months at most.

Another reason you might have spotting would be getting an IUD, which prevents you from getting your period for a few months.

3. Stress

Stress may make your body release cortical, which might mess your menstrual cycle and cause the light spotting you see before your period.

The only time you need to worry about the spotting is if you have excessive bleeding or spotting that continues for at least three menstrual cycles. If you also feel discomfort or any form of vaginal bleeding after the spotting, then you’ll need to have it checked with a doctor.

What’s the Difference Between Spotting and Bleeding?

The only time you’ll need to worry about your spotting is if it turned to bleeding. But what’s the difference between sitting and bleeding anyway? Here are some points you can consider:

1. Amount of Blood

  • ​Spotting is when you only see a few drops of blood, while bleeding would be heavy, over a teaspoon of blood coming from your vaginal.
  • You might not even see the light spotting unless you wipe your vaginal with toilet paper. You won’t need a menstrual pad or tampon during light spotting, but a panty liner may help.

2. Color

  • While heavy bleeding is light to dark red, light spotting would be either pink or brownish in color.

3. Texture

  • Light spotting would be either thin or thick consistency, while heavy bleeding would be a pure liquid or come in clots.

Tips to Stay Hygienic During Spotting

Here are some tips you can follow to keep yourself clean if you experience spotting:

  • Wear breathable or cotton underwear to help your private parts breathe better. Loose fitting clothes help as well.
  • Use a panty liner to avoid staining your underwear and allowing bacteria to grow around your underwear and into your vaginal.
  • Track the light spotting, and if the problem persists, then you may want to consult a doctor about the continuity of the spotting.


If you’re suffering from spotting a week before period, then you won’t need to worry. You just need to make sure that you don’t feel any discomfort or unusual discharge. If so, then it may be time to have yourself checked with the doctor to make sure that you don’t have any pregnancy symptoms or whatnot.

I hope that this article helps you become more knowledgeable on what you need to know about spotting before your period. Now that you know what happens, you can relax and continue with your day.

If you found this article helpful or would like to add your experiences about spotting, then comment down below. I would love to hear what you have to think.

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Sarah Palmer
Hi! I'm Sarah. My husband and I have a beautiful little girl; plus we’re anxiously awaiting the arrival of Baby #2, so this is a very exciting time for us. Throughout this amazing journey called Parenthood, I’ve learned so much and love sharing my experiences with other parents at I'd love to share my discoveries with you too!
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