Spotting in between periods can be a normal occurrance due to several factors. Women just starting or stopping birth control pills can have light spotting in between periods, as can perimenopausal women or girls just starting their periods. In rare cases, spotting could indicate a bigger problem such as cervical cancer or polyps on the cervix or in the uterine wall. In most cases spotting will go away with time, but if it does not, it is important to visit your OB/GYN for a pap test to determine the cause of your in-between menstrual cycles bleeding.
Avoid taking aspirin and aspirin-containing products. Aspirin thins the blood and can cause spotting to become worse or lengthen the amount of time spotting occurs.
Wait a few weeks if you have just started or stopped birth control or have had an intrauterine device inserted. Spotting is normal during this time and will stop on its own.
Eat a well-balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, dairy, whole grains and soy. Imbalanced diets can lead to spotting in between periods since the proper nutrients are not being delivered to the uterus and ovaries.
Use a lubricant during sexual intercourse. Improper lubrication can cause small tears in the cervical wall, causing spotting.
Avoid douching. Douche can irritate the cervical wall and worsen spotting in between periods. You must allow the body to naturally cleanse itself through menstrual cycles and even spotting episodes.
Exercise regularly. Exercise performed two to three times a week can stop spotting and reduce stress. Stress is another cause of in-between period spotting.