Spotting Before Period: Causes and When to Seek Help

Spotting Before Period: Causes and When to Seek Help
Published on, 10 April, 2024. Answered by Dr. Shoroq Elbeshbeshy and Verified by Dr.Galen Team
Patient Question

Hello Doctor,


I've missed my period by a week, and despite negative test results, I've started experiencing spotting ranging from light pink to bright red. It's not enough to fill a tampon. I've also been having mild cramps in my lower right abdomen and lower back. Should I be concerned about this?



Thank you for reaching out to Dr. Galen. Please find the below response to your query.


Possible Reasons for Late Period and Spotting:

1. Hormonal changes

2. Stress

3. Changes in birth control

4. Pregnancy


Mild Cramps:

1. Could be related to menstrual cycle

2. May indicate another issue


Next Steps:

1. Determine if this is a recurring pattern or a new occurrence

2. If symptoms are recurring or concerning, consult with a physician

3. A thorough evaluation can provide personalized guidance




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Dr. Shoroq Elbeshbeshy

Obstetrician and Gynecologist

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