What does the term “spotting” mean?

The official definition of ‘spotting’ is slightly different depending on who you ask; it typically means very light vaginal bleeding or bleeding not associated with a menstrual period. Spotting can appear just the same as regular menstrual loss — it can be red or brown and may come during the days before or after, or sometimes completely at random.

Spotting specifically before your period may be normal; some women experience spotting as hormone levels begin to drop in preparation for a period. This usually occurs one to three days before a period, but spotting prior to this is more likely to be a sign of a problem. It’s important to be aware and track what is considered “normal” for you because this will make it easier to notice an issue.

Why do Fibroids Cause Spotting?

First, we need to address that spotting does not mean that you have uterine fibroids. Spotting can happen for many different reasons such as: hormone changes, taking birth control, pregnancy, ovulation, stress, etc. However, one of the most common symptoms of fibroids is bleeding between periods.

The exact reason why fibroids cause spotting is still unknown. One theory is that hormones are being over-produced within the body and may cause this “abnormal bleeding”. Like all conditions, every person may experience fibroid symptoms differently. Some women may not see any change in their menstruation, while others may suffer from periods lasting weeks or even months.

When Should I Seek Treatment?

Doctors typically recommend that women seek treatment when her symptoms are interfering with her quality of life. Abnormal periods can cause women to miss extensive amounts of work, have to cancel plans with friends or family, avoid wearing light colored clothing, evade intimacy which can strain relationships, or have to double-up on pads or wear depends to prevent bleeding through their outfit. Suffering from abnormal or heavy periods can become an exhausting, daily struggle. Thankfully, there are many different kinds of treatment to choose from if you want to avoid undergoing an invasive procedure.

Treatment for Irregular Periods

Non-surgical treatments like Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) is effective at eliminating painful fibroid symptoms. Our fibroid specialists, also known as interventional radiologists, treat fibroids by using the body’s natural pathways to cut off blood supply to the benign tumors. Once the blood supply is blocked, the fibroids naturally shrink and are reabsorbed by the body. Unlike surgical procedures, UFE is outpatient, takes 30 to 45 minutes, preserves the uterus, does not interfere with hormones or fertility, and allows you to recover in the comfort of your home immediately following the procedure.

At our centers, we believe that fibroid treatment should be convenient and accessible to all. We have over 30 facilities across the nation from coast-to-coast. In addition, our treatments are covered by most insurances and some Medicaid plans.

If you’re interested in scheduling an appointment or learning more about non-surgical treatments, visit our website or call us at 855-615-2555.

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