By Leah Emily Minoza, Dec 22, 2022

In general, spotting refers to any light vaginal bleeding outside of a woman’s expected menstrual period. Note the term “light”; gynecologists consider a bleeding incident spotting if it’s too light to require a regular sanitary pad or tampon. According to New York-based OB-GYN Kecia Gaither, M.D., M.P.H., the amount of blood you see is the most telling symptom, along with the time it occurs. Women who have typically regular menstrual cycles know it’s a period when it lasts for several days and requires absorbent products to stem the flow. Conversely, spotting results in less blood and may occur only for a day or so.

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