Bleeding Between Periods

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About the symptom

Bleeding in between menstrual cycles / periods or after menopause can be as little as spotting or light staining of discharge. This is also called intermenstrual bleeding.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Abdominal pain

  • Lower abdominal pain

  • Menstrual abnormality (duration or volume)

  • Low back pain

  • Fever

Possible causes

  • Ovulation bleeding

    Ovulation bleeding is vaginal bleeding which occurs during or immediately before or after ovulation. Ovulation occurs during the middle of a menstrual cycle. It is usually due to changes in estrogen levels and is not a serious problem.

  • Descent of uterus / uterine prolapse

    Protrusion of the uterus (womb) outside of the body. This happens when the muscles and tissues that support the womb become weakened (e.g. after repeated childbirths, aging), allowing the womb to drop out.

  • Atrophic vaginitis

    A condition where the vaginal surface becomes dry and thin. This is commonly seen after menopause, due to a decrease in female hormone levels. Symptoms include itching and painful intercourse.

  • Cervical polyp
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Trichomoniasis
  • Bacterial vaginosis
  • Uterine malformation

  • Anovulatory menstruation
  • Chlamydia infection

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Have you had vaginal bleeding, brown or pink colored vaginal discharge outside of your periods? Or, after the menopause?

  • Do you have abdominal pain (stomach ache)?

  • Are your periods abnormal e.g. in duration or amount of bleeding?

  • Do you have abnormal menstrual cycles e.g. too early or too late

  • Do you feel pain during sexual intercourse?

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