Q. I am having light brown spotting. Why?

Answered by
Dr. Monika Meena
and medically reviewed by Dr. Divya Banu M
This is a premium question & answer published on Jul 31, 2020

Hello doctor,

Age: 21 years, Female. I started my period a month back (24 June). I currently do not know the length of my period but it varies from 24-29 days, my last period was 24 days. According to my period tracking apps my ovulation day is the 30th of June (if it’s going by the 24 days length). I started spotting light pink blood on the 30th (only there when I wipe) and from that I have been spotting light brown blood. What could cause this? I had sex on the 26,27 of June and the 2nd of July.



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Considering your cycle duration and ovulatory periods, the time when you had contact, there are a few possibilities of the etiology of bleeding. The first one is that you might be having some ulcer or erosion out there in vagina or cervix which got further ulcerated when you had intercourse leading to painful/ painless spotting. If it is old altered blood, and it is coming out later, it will be brown in color.

The second possibility is that you may have some infection right down there. You might have acquired from your male counterpart if he has some signs and symptoms for the same. Other etiology and rather a rare one, happens in 5-10 percent is that of ovulation bleeding. It happens once your egg is released from the ovary and due to some hormonal changes (due to high LH or Progesterone), it may lead to spotting or bleeding which resolves in a few days time. The window when you are ovulating is the most fertile period, making the cervix secrete a thick mucous that might further hold onto the blood little longer over there and ultimately expel altered brown blood.

One more etiology for spotting could be implantation bleed, which is unlikely because it usually occurs few days after ovulation when if the embryo is formed, it gets implanted on your uterine wall, leading to spotting/ bleeding in a few.

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