There are several reasons spotting may occur before your period. One of them is being in the early stages of pregnancy. Implantation bleeding, as it is known, indicates that a fertilized egg has implanted in the lining of the uterus. This occurs a few days after ovulation and following successful fertilization, or a few days before the actual menstrual period.
Implantation bleeding – how to recognize it
This implantation bleeding lasts one to two days and is usually accompanied by abdominal pain. However, luteal insufficiency and a resulting lack of progesterone can also be the cause of spotting before the period, as can other hormonal imbalances. Spotting can therefore only provide information about whether a fertilized egg is the cause when combined with a blood or urine test.
Leukorrhea – discharge as a sign of pregnancy
Leukorrhea is a particularly thin, white, odorless vaginal discharge that occurs after major hormonal changes, often in the early stages of pregnancy. However, the discharge is not a reliable indication of successful fertilization.
Leukorrhea usually only occurs after a few weeks to months. Consequently, the discharge in the context of pregnancy can only be observed after you have probably already missed your period or if there have been other signs. You can only find out whether you are pregnant by taking a pregnancy test – preferably at your doctor’s.
Essentially, leukorrhea is quite normal and appears every now and then in the course of a cycle or during pregnancy. However, if you experience any of the following symptoms, a visit to the doctor is essential, as they may indicate an infection:
A yellow or green coloration of the discharge
Burning or itching in the outer and/or inner areas of the vagina
Much more discharge than usual
Especially if you are already pregnant, infections can be dangerous for an unborn child. In case of the above symptoms, consult your doctor to be on the safe side.