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Spotting a Week After Period: Causes and Treatment

Updated on May 12, 2015

Pink or Brown Spotting After Period

A regular and healthy menstrual cycle typically lasts between 28 and 32 days, with three to five days of bleeding. Of course, everyone’s cycle is different, so deviations from this cycle are also considered normal so long as the pattern and length of the menstrual cycles remains steady. However, untimely spotting or abnormal bleeding may be a cause for concern as it can potentially indicate health problems.

Abnormal bleeding can occur in response either to some external trigger, such as stress, or to some internal hormone imbalance or disregulation of the endocrine system. If you’ve noticed irregular spotting and bleeding after your period, you should consult a doctor to make sure it’s not a symptom of a more serious condition.

Causes of Pink or Brown Discharge

Erratic menstrual cycles could result from a number of factors. Indeed, menstrual abnormalities have become increasingly prevalent with our current hectic lifestyles and elevated stress levels. Many women now report irregular cycles with fluctuating duration, abnormal spotting, and bleeding before, during, and after a cycle.The symptoms of such menstrual anomalies may vary somewhat, but the major causes typically remain unchanged.

One menstrual problem that many women report is spotting a week after their period. It is essential to note that spotting only refers to light or mild bleeding. It generally lasts for a few hours, or a maximum of two days. Spotting can occur due to one or more of the reasons listed below:

  • Old blood: A brown discharge or spotting a week or two after your period could indicate an incomplete expulsion of menstrual blood from the body. In other words, the spotting could be the body's attempt to remove the remaining uterine tissue.
  • Uncontrolled menstrual cycles: Teenage girls who just began menstruating often take some time to adjust to the changes of puberty. This can result in untimely spotting. It can take a while for teenage girls to settle in a consistent uniform menstrual cycle. During that time, the teenage girl may experience irregular spotting, which is normal.
  • Oral contraceptives: Women who have begun taking or just stopped using birth control pills may also experience spotting a week after their period. The hormones contained in oral contraceptives can disturb normal body functioning and delay or speed up menstrual cycles. The body takes some time to get adjusted to the elevated levels of hormones, after which spotting may stop.
  • Vigorous or rough sexual intercourse: Sexual intercourse involving deeper penetration can bruise the cervix and occasionally result in physical injuries. This can also cause light spotting.

  • Polyps: Polyps are non-malignant cellular growths in the uterus. Some of them may at times burst and result in spotting or bleeding.

  • Uterine fibroids: In a majority of cases, uterine fibroids is a mild condition that can occasionally result in spotting a week after the period or at any other time. However, if these fibroids grow larger then they must be immediately eliminated.
  • Infections: Infections generally do not cause spotting . They can however increase the risk of abnormal discharge or bleeding which can be difficult to differentiate from spotting. This kind of discharge can often happen from bacterial and yeast infections. The combination of a pink or brown discharge with an unpleasant odor can help distinguish infections from other causes of spotting.

Misconceptions About Spotting

  • Light spotting after your period is not an indication of pregnancy. Women generally mistake it for implantation spotting. However, as the calendar below shows, implantation bleeding typically occurs a week before your period, not after it.
  • It is only possible to become pregnant after ovulation and positive fertilization. Women experience ovulation about ten days after their period. Hence, the odds of conceiving immediately after your period are very, very low.
  • Spotting a week after your period also cannot arise due to early miscarriage, as unlike spotting, it is mostly accompanied by cramping and excessive bleeding.

Spotting vs. Implantation Bleeding

Many people mistake spotting for implantation bleeding. This menstrual calendar will help clear things up.
Many people mistake spotting for implantation bleeding. This menstrual calendar will help clear things up.

Treatment for Spotting After Period

When spotting a week after your period occurs once or twice, then it is considered to be normal. However, women who experience repeated or frequent instances of spotting after their period must consult a doctor for treatment.

If spotting is caused by excess stress, then meditation, yoga, and medications are recommended. Higher levels of stress can also be alleviated by getting sufficient sleep and rest.

Women who experience spotting after taking birth control pills also need to visit a doctor, who can determine whether the pills are responsible for the spotting. He or she may then suggest a change of brand or an alternative means of contraception.

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      Melody 8 weeks ago

      I usually have a predictable period cycle. I got my period on 11/4 and it was gone by 11/10 and on 11/18 I started to get very light brown spotting. It is now 11/20 and i'm still spotting and bleeding as well. I'm very confused and scared. Can anyone help me out?

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      Vmac 16 months ago

      I had my heavy period from the 27/08-2/09 then on the 12/09 periods start again.What may be the cause of having period just after a 7 days of having one? Is there a need for concern?

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      Sarah 17 months ago

      Hey, I'm 19 I've been having my normal period since I began at 13 I had my period August 1st it ended on August 7th now a week later I'm having brown discharge and bleeding as this has never happened to me before should I be worried and see a DR. or just wait till my next actual period and see if this happens again??? I could really use some help ladies... Thank you!

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      regina 19 months ago

      hii i m a 14 yesar old girl and i experience reddish or brownish colour of discharge on the 11 or 14th day after my it normal for my age ?And will I have any complications in my future????

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      Gabi 21 months ago

      I'm 37 years old and I experienced a moderate bleeding a week after my 2 days period I'm worried about it because my period is regular.

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      Ershelene 2 years ago

      Hi im 17, my period was ended this 19 and im experiencing spotting 4 times, the first time of my spot was 27 that was also my last sexual intercourse and until now im experiencing spots. Now is my 4th spot. What is the reason of that?

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      Susan 2 years ago

      I'm 22 and have had regular periods. My last period was a little late and started on nov 28. This time around was a lot more light than usual and I have been experiencing reddish brown spotting ever since it ended which was a week ago. I haven't been sexually active for 2 months now. Anyone have a clue why I'm still sporting a week after my period ended??

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      Isabella 2 years ago

      I'm 14 and I just had my period 2 weeks ago. And 4 days ago I started getting brown discharge and even blood. And I'm really concerned and don't want to tell my parents. But I do get stressed

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      alicia 2 years ago

      i had my period for 4 days then after that two days had a smelly brown discharge with back and stomach pains and now im bleeding

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      Marggy Peace 2 years ago

      Hi I'm marggy nd I'll be a nineteen year old virgin in 7days. I had my period on the 15th-21st of july nd exactly a wEek after which was on the 28th of july, I didn't actually have sex cause there was no penetration but I could feel little of my bf's liquid around my area. I was able to see my next period on the 15th-21st of August nd a week after I felt cramps like menstrual pain(bearable though) and when I checked I saw few hours of little blood spotting on me. I'm sxared!! Could I be pregnant?? I'm waiting impatiently for my next (september) period

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      krystal 2 years ago

      I am 23 years old. My period was lat a month and a half. When I did get my menstrual it only lasted 3 days. Later I started having some spotting. It stops then starts again. Have had intercourse with my husband. It has been calm but will go to the bathroom and notice discharge of light colored red and then darker. Also experienced some cramping this has not happened before what could it be? May someone help me?

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      fay jones 2 years ago

      I had a late period this mouth it was suppose start aug 10th and it came aug 13 i have a 6 days cycle and im still spotting. I just started taking birth control minigynon,i took it on the 1st day of my period is this normal??? I am worried!!!

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      Fern 2 years ago

      I had my period on aug 12th and this morning aug 22 I got up and my tummy hurt so I went to the bathroom and noticed I bleed a little bit, and now I have cramps. Not sure I I started my period again or if it's just spotting or what.

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      neenu 2 years ago

      Hii....i have dis problem...Insha Allllah...l must cnsult d dr...kk

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      sofia 2 years ago

      Had my period for a 3 weeks and stop for a week now Im spotting help ???!!

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      Ebony 2 years ago

      My cycle came on ,on the 4th of july & ended on the 9th. I had sex the same day my period came on but it wasn't heavy as yet .Today the 15th of july i went in the bathroom & i've realized i was spotting. I took a pregnancy test it came out negative, is it to early to take one? Does anyone know what this means?

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      Donelle 2 years ago

      My period we 7 days late, lasted 4 days and then was done. 5 days later I had spotting and I feel very tired and week. I have had intercourse 4 days ago, but it was not rough or anything but normal. Should I be worried?

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      shirley bastian 2 years ago

      Last my menstruation was late. It must be june 17 but it came june 25..and my concern s y it s continous my menstruation only last for 5 days.but till now i have spotting..and this s d 1st tym happened to me

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      jen 2 years ago

      melanie you would be best off seeing a doctor. I say go to your doctor and see what they say.

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      melanie 2 years ago

      Hi. Im 24 years old and i had my period on June 9th and it ended around June 14. I had sex with my husband during my period around June 12. On June 18th I started to get cramps like if I was about to start my period, when I used the bathroom that day I noticed I was having a brown discharge enough to stain a Lil of my panties but mainly noticed when wipping. I had it for around 4 days. I expected to get my period but nothing. Today my period is still not here. Its not a regular period with me all the time. There's months that it comes every 30 or so days but the Max I haven't had a period in my life has been two months. I Dnt know if I should wait to see if my period comes or go see a doctor. I Dnt have much money so I'm wondering if this has happened to anyone else?

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      Jamie 2 years ago

      I am 33 and I have had normal periods most of my life. I recently started taking meds to help with moods. Last month the doctor changed my dose to 5mgs more. This month a week after my cycle I have been spotting off and on. What do I do? It doesn't last long not heavy just enough to notice.

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      Denise 2 years ago

      My period came on two day before the day it was suppose to come oni was bleeding for 7 days and now im spotting with a lil cramping and sharp pain in my lower stomach. What i need to do?

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      femina 2 years ago

      im 21 years old on 30 may i have i have the problem of fungus i cunsult the docter and she gave one and vegina tablet.after starting this problem i have light bleeding also.what is ma prblem docter

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      namita 2 years ago

      lm a 30 years old unmarried girl..completely vergin..meri prob hai k periods se fresh hone k 8 din baad kabi kabi baut baut halka sa blood aa jata hai..last year 3 months tak aisa hua fir apne aap thik ho gaya..fir 7-8 mahine baad fir ye prob shuru ho gayi..kya ye normal hai ya koi big prob?

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      Latara 2 years ago

      You should consult your physician

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      Brittany 2 years ago

      I had my period last week Tuesday may 19 i was off far as bleeding and brown discharge by Sunday may 24. Monday may 25 discharge was back clear and me n my bf had sex now June 3rd I go pee n discharge was brown. Now the morning of the 3rd I had this knot like feeling in my stomach I thought it was my nerves cuz I had an inter view but I still got the feeling and my stomach hurts do I need to worry or just wait it out to c if it stops