One of the first symptoms that a women experience when they are starting menopause, is irregular and erratic periods and menopause spotting.
Spotting is when spots of blood appear between periods.
This is the time when the body enters its cycle of stopping estrogen production and these fluctuating levels affect the monthly period. So, while some bleeding is to be expected during menopause, it may be advisable to educate yourself on menopause and all its stages, so that you can identify what is normal and what needs investigating. After all, some symptoms will be experienced for the next ten to fifteen years, so you may as well familiarise yourself with them and with your own body.
Menopause, is when one year has passed without any bleeding–this includes spotting. If spotting occurs during those twelve months, the count has to start all over again until one full year has passed.
Although spotting in all the stages of menopause is usually quite normal, it is still a good idea to get yourself checked out if the strength of flow changes suddenly. Drastic changes in your menstrual flow would be where several sanitary towels or tampons are soaked through in just a few hours. Alternatively, menstrual period flow may be unusually light after years of a heavy flow.
After the entire year has passed the next stage is post menopause. At this time there should be no signs of `spotting` whatsoever. If any spotting is noticed, this is cause for concern and a valid reason for consulting a doctor. During post menopause, signs of blood can be a sign of something far more serious. This is especially true if the bleed goes from light spotting to actual heavy bleeding. Either way, it is a wise move to get yourself checked out