What other symptoms might occur with light periods?

Light periods may accompany other symptoms, which vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition.

Common symptoms that may occur along with light periods

Light periods may accompany other common symptoms including:

  • Abdominal pain or cramping
  • Frequent infections, especially yeast or fungal infections
  • Missed menstrual periods
  • Pain during sexual intercourse

Symptoms that might indicate a serious condition

In some cases, light periods may occur with other symptoms that might indicate a serious condition which should be immediately evaluated in an emergency setting. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, are pregnant and have vaginal bleeding.


What are light periods?

Light periods are menstrual periods that have an unusually light flow or a very short duration of blood loss. Although the menstrual cycle varies from person to person, most women have a normal period approximately every 28 days. Each period typically lasts from four to seven days. The amount of blood lost during a menstrual period ranges from 20 to 80 milliliters (mL). Blood loss of less than ... Read more about light periodsintroduction


What causes light periods?

A shift or imbalance in hormone levels is the main cause of light periods, and this condition most often affects women who are approaching menopause. An eating disorder, excessive exercise, or a thyroid condition can also cause a woman to have light periods. Women who use hormonal contraceptives may also experience ligh... Read more about light periodscauses

Medical Reviewer: Cynthia Haines, MD Last Annual Review Date: Aug 5, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.