Bleeding a Week After Period

Abnormal vaginal bleeding is any bleeding that occurs between two menstrual periods. It is also known as spotting, metrorrhagia or inter-menstrual bleeding.
Every woman at some point during the reproductive period will

experience an irregular menstrual cycle. Keep in mind that, any menstrual bleeding between the menstrual cycles, regardless if it is just a light spotting is not normal.

There are many different causes that can lead to inter-menstrual bleeding. However, it is very frustrating as various things cross a woman’s mind. If vaginal bleeding is accompanied with abdominal pain, fatigue, fiver, dizziness or any other sign and symptom, you should seek immediate medical help.

Possible causes of inter-menstrual bleeding include:

Old blood – in many cases during the menstrual periods, all the blood and tissue was not expelled properly from the uterus. So, in this case it is normal to have dark vaginal spotting a week or two after your menstrual periods have ended.

Hormonal imbalance – it is well known that the menstrual cycle is controlled and regulated by two hormones estrogen and progesterone. Any imbalance of these two hormones can cause vaginal bleeding between menstrual periods.

Unregulated menstrual cycle – are one of the most common causes of vaginal bleeding between menstrual cycles. This is more common among teenage girls, whose menstrual cycle is not totally regulated yet. However, even older women can have unregulated menstrual cycle. The menstrual cycle can change anytime during a woman’s life due to stress, work overload, any health condition, etc.

Uterine polyps – are non-cancerous ingrowth inside of the uterus. In some cases these polyps can burst and lead to vaginal bleeding, usually spotting.

Uterine fibroids – are non-cancerous ingrowth inside of the uterus, usually more common among women who have given birth. They vary in size, shape and location. Uterine fibroids usually affect the menstrual cycle leading to inter-menstrual bleeding, heavy bleeding during menstrual cycle and even prolonged menstrual bleeding. When they grow bigger in size they should be surgically removed.



Infections – can also lead to vaginal bleeding between menstrual periods. Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), pelvic inflammatory diseases or any other infection that affects the reproductive organs, except other signs and symptoms, are also characterized with vaginal spotting or vaginal bleeding.

Pregnancy complications – can cause vaginal bleeding or spotting. Both, miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy, are accompanied with vaginal bleeding between menstrual periods.

Deep penetration during sexual intercourse – like in cases of vigorous sexual intercourse can lead to vaginal bleeding due to a physical injury. Bruises of the cervix except with vaginal blood are accompanied also with vaginal pain.

Oral contraceptives – that contain hormones can sometimes trigger various effects on the woman’s body. Women who have just started to take oral contraceptives as a protection method or even women who have just discontinued using oral contraceptives can experience inter-menstrual bleeding.

Cancer – of the vagina, cervix, uterus or ovaries can cause bleeding un- related to menstruation.

What should you do when you notice vaginal bleeding after your menstrual periods?
Weather it is the first time you are noticing blood, or it is something that has been repeating for the last 2-3 menstrual cycles, you should seek medical help. A proper medical check-up and diagnosis are necessary in cases when you have noticed vaginal bleeding that is unusual and not related to the menstrual cycle. If, except vaginal bleeding, other signs and symptoms like pain, fatigue, dizziness or fever, occur you should seek immediate medical help.



In some cases inter-menstrual vaginal bleeding will resolve on its own. However, in other cases a proper diagnosis and treatment are necessary. Ignoring the problem and not seeking proper medical help may lead to worsening of the condition. This is very important, because vaginal bleeding could be due to something not serious like stress, hormonal imbalance, but it could be also due to a more serious condition like pelvic inflammatory diseases, STDs, or even cancer of the reproductive organs.

30 COMMENTS

  1. The last day of my period was on 7/11, exactly one week later on the 18th I had very light pink spotting two or three times during the day. The next day I ad the same thing as well as just a bit of dark brown (old blood) colored spotting, and the third day I had extremely light pink spotting in the morning and then nothing the rest of the day. What could this be?

    • If it is possible that you are pregnant, then it would be beneficial for you to monitor the experiences that you are having for pregnancy symptoms. It is also possible that you are not pregnant. Take a pregnancy test five days after your next period date. Confirm the result of your test with a medical professional. Best of luck, Abby!

  2. I got my normal 5 day period and I had intercourse 5 days after I ended my period but 3 days after I had intercourse I spotted a light red should I be concerned about it?

    • It is possible that you are experiencing pregnancy symptoms. Continue to monitor your experiences for additional symptoms. This will help you address any questions that your doctor may have. Take a pregnancy test five days after your normal period date. Confirm the result of you test with a medical professional. Best of luck, Jasbeth!

  3. I got my normal 5 day period and I had intercourse 5 days after I ended my period but 3 days after I had intercourse I spotted a light red should I be concerned about it?

    • It is possible that you are experiencing pregnancy symptoms. Continue to monitor your experiences for additional symptoms. This will help you address any questions that your doctor may have. Take a pregnancy test five days after your normal period date. Confirm the result of you test with a medical professional. Best of luck, Concerned!

  4. Im 18 and a week after period, i bleed for days, it is like period but lighter flow,i had to wear pads though.this happened during the previous menstrual cycle too. And i experience terrible light headedness on the first day of period. Could it be due to stress as I started my tertiary studies two months ago

    • You could be experiencing symptoms of an unusual period due to stress. If it is possible that you are pregnant, then take a pregnancy test at this time. You may also want to speak with a medical professional to determine potential causes and symptoms. They may be able to treat you at this time. Best of luck, Xya!

  5. My period ended one week ago & I had light bleeding the color of an almost light pink yesterday. I had intercourse 4 days before my period started. What could this mean??

    • It is possible that you are experiencing early implantation bleeding. Continue to monitor your experiences for additional pregnancy symptoms at this time. It would be unusual for you to become pregnant from your experiences, as your period should have not come if you were pregnant. If you miss your period, then take a pregnancy test five days after your normal period date. Best of luck, Sophie!

    • If your period continues for another three days, then you may want to make an appointment with a medical professional. It is possible that you are experiencing an unusual period or implantation bleeding. Continue to monitor your experiences at this time for additional symptoms. This will help you better address the questions that your doctor may ask you. Best of luck, Shanta!

  6. I’m 38 recently had period 2wks ago it stopped for a day and started back up a wk later with pain in lower abdominal and haven’t let up yet Its going on 2wks later went to emergency room they said nothing they can do go to gyn…can’t get in for another wk.some days light others heavy any advice?

    • Continue to monitor the symptoms that you are having at this time. If you find that your experiences worsen, then speak with an emergency medical professional at that time. It is great that you have already made an appointment. Take note of your experiences and symptoms to better address the questions that you doctor may ask. Have a great day, Mocha!

  7. I had my period 2wks ago nothing unusual the next week I had bleeding and pain in my lower abdominal and it hasnt stop yet seems to be getting worse some days its light other its heavy went to emergency room they said nothing they can do go to gyn.but can’t get in for another week any advice?

    • Continue to monitor the symptoms that you are having at this time. If you find that your experiences worsen, then speak with an emergency medical professional at that time. It is great that you have already made an appointment. Take note of your experiences and symptoms to better address the questions that you doctor may ask. Have a great day, Mocha!

  8. Quick wuestion? I’m 19 and for the past 2-3 months every period I’ve had one normal and then 2-3 day break and then was having very heavy period lasting another max 5 days which were bright red, feeling like I needed the toilet and when I went it was just pure blood dripping then I would wee, this months period wasn’t as bad and I havnt hit a heavy second one but instead I’ve started getting like dark red/brown stringy blood clots and just dark red/brown discharge or only when I wipe? when first notifying my doctor she sent me for sti test which came back negative as I’m young for a Smear test so needed to tick that of the list I also had the camera inserted into me and my ovaries was seen where they said both seem okay? Any answers as to what this could be? Thank youuu

    • It sounds like you have already spoken to your doctor and they have run some tests. If they are not certain what is causing your bleeding, then you may want to continue to monitor your experiences. It is possible that you had an unusual heavy period. This could have been influenced by stress or lifestyle changes. If you are not bleeding now, then keep your experiences in your memory for future reference. If you are still bleeding, then take an iron supplement and make another appointment with your doctor for additional information. Best of luck, Olivia!

  9. I have taken plan b on may 22nd and I got my period a week early however my period was very dark brown. I am now spotting brown blood and I am not sure why if my period ended 7 or 8 days ago. I need answers, please help.

    • Continue to monitor the symptoms that you are having at this time. You may want to speak with a medical professional. Take note of your experiences so you can better answer your doctor’s questions. Best of luck, Clarissa!

  10. I’m 19, almost 20, and had my last period from May 10 to May 14. Well, on the 25th and 26th, I began to experience a substantial amount of brown discharge. On the 27th, it turned into a mix of brown discharge and some blood. Then, yesterday, it became pure blood, and I am still bleeding today. I have a past of kidney stones, so sometimes I experience pain in my lower right abdomen, and I currently am experiencing the pain there. I have also been tired, a little nauseous, and had a lack of appetite. I cannot be pregnant, as I am a virgin. The bleeding looks and feels different from a normal period. Any thoughts?

    • Your period could just be irregular, but it could also be caused by something like PCOS. If you have ovarian cysts or a condition like endometriosis, it can cause lower abdominal pain as well as bleeding. You may want to go to the doctor to get checked out because there are few options available for treating conditions like this and managing them.

  11. I’m 17. I have an irregular period, and I also have a history of ovarian cysts. My period ended a week ago, and I just started bleeding today. It has been on and off for about a day. This has never happened before. Could it be related to another ovarian cyst? I have also had some abdominal pain on and off in the last couple of weeks.

    • It could be related to the cysts. They can also rupture at times, which can lead to severe pain. It is probably a good idea to go to your doctor just to make sure that it isn’t a problem though. Good luck, Faith!

  12. Im 17 and my period ended literally a week ago and yesterday i began bleeding dark blood. Before that throughout the week i had lots a thick white discharge. I do have malnutrition and a very unstable cycle but this feels very different then anything that has happened before. Could this be pregnancy ? Or just an imbalance of hormones ?

    • If you are not eating properly, then it could be affecting your menstrual cycle. This is especially likely if you already have an irregular menstrual cycle. You can take a pregnancy test just to be sure though.

  13. I’m 40 years old. I finished my period a week ago. Today I was standing and suddenly felt something coming out. I went to the bathroom in the store and there was dark blood on my underwear and onto my pants. I didn’t have anything with me so I went home. On the way home I could feel it coming out. It is still dark not bright red. I do have a very stressful life but no more than I have for the last 2 years. I don’t take birth control because I’m allergic to estrogen. I’ve had 3 babies 21, 4 and 6. My husband had a vasectomy last year so it couldn’t be that I’m pregnant. What are your thoughts

    • It could be just an irregular menstrual cycle, it could be changes related to menopause, or it could be due to something else. THe best thing would be to go to the doctor and just make sure that it isn’t a problem.

  14. I have a quick question to anyone really that can answer. I had my period on the 19th of April until the 23. It was regular nothing weird about it. A week after literally I went to the bathroom andI had brown discharge. Does not come out it is pretty much on the tip of the tampon and didn’t flow or anything, basically not tampon worthy. 2 days before my period I took a test and it said negative. Could this be pregnanCy or just normal? I’ve never had discharge a week after my period I usually do when I ovulation but it is white and thick not brown.

    • It is possible that you are having an unusual period and it is possible that you are experiencing symptoms of pregnancy. Continue to monitor your experiences for additional signs of pregnancy. Take a pregnancy test five days after your normal period date. Confirm the result of your test with a medical professional. Best of luck, Pepe!

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