Medical Questions > Womens Health > Menstruation Forum

Mid-cycle spotting & low hormone levels

Must Read
Menstruation is a woman's normal monthly menstrual period. But what are the signs of abnormal periods? When is vaginal bleeding serious?...
Regular vaginal bleeding vagina is a sign of healthy menstruation. What signs and symptoms point to menstrual problems? Read on to learn the difference....
Menstrual irregularity means that something is wrong. Learn how to identify the signs and symptoms of an irregular period to prevent larger problems later...
I have had heavy spotting (about the amount of bleeding I might get on about day 4 of my period) since I started ovulating 9 days ago. The blood is normally bright, but can be darker at times. At first it was only when I wiped, but now it is starting to stain my pants. I have not had any associated pain.

My GP thought that it was just due to low hormone levels, and that it would continue until my period starts. I generally have a 5 week cycle, but it has always been irregular.

My question is, given the lower hormone levels and that I have been spotting, will I be likely to experience a heavier period with more pain when it starts, a lighter period with less pain, or will this spotting and low hormone levels not have an influence on the period itself?

Thanks very much for your help.
Did you find this post helpful?

User Profile
replied October 12th, 2012
Welcome to ehealthforum,
Having spotting around ovulation time does not necessarily indicate that you will have heavy periods. The heavy spotting during midcycle time can also be associated with hormonal imbalances, breakthrough bleeding, ovarian cysts etc. If you had been sexually active around your ovulation time, then the heavy spotting that you describe within 6-12 days of ovulation could indicate implantation bleeding/pregnancy. Wait and watch for your periods. Look out for development of any other new symptoms if pregnancy is suspected. If periods do not start within 10 days of expected period dates, or if you get abnormal periods, or if you suspect chances of pregnancy, consider visiting your doctor/gynecologist at the earliest for thorough examination (to confirm pregnancy related changes/signs in body) and blood/serum HCG level test (to confirm/rule out pregnancy accurately). Be in regular monitoring and follow-up with your treating doctor/gynecologist and report any new/abnormal symptoms immediately. Drink plenty of water. Take adequate rest.
Take care.

Did you find this post helpful?
Quick Reply
DISCLAIMER: "Ask a Doctor" questions are answered by certified physicians and other medical professionals. For more information about experts participating in the "Ask a Doctor" Network, please visit our medical experts page. You may also visit our Menstruation , for moderated patient to patient support and information.

The information provided on eHealth Forum is designed to improve, not replace, the relationship between a patient and his/her own physician. Personal consultation(s) with a qualified medical professional is the proper means for diagnosing any medical condition.