Bleeding between periods
Bleeding between periods can be inconvenient and annoying. In many cases, it is nothing to worry about.
Most women have spotting, breakthrough bleeding, or irregular periods at some point in their lives. But, because bleeding between periods can also be a sign of more serious problems, it merits a call to the advice of the physician if it happens more than 2 months in a row.
Spotting (light bleeding) or breakthrough bleeding (heavier bleeding) between periods usually lasts 1 or 2 days. About 10 percent of women regularly have spotting around the time of ovulation. Bleeding between periods is also common when hormones are fluctuating (rising and falling) the most during the first few years of menstruation and again as women approach menopause.
Spotting is very common in women with intrauterine devices (IUDs). It may also occur if the hormone levels in the birth control pills a woman is taking are not well-suited to her body. In most cases, spotting is not cause for concern, but your medical provider may be able to help end the problem by prescribing a different pill or recommending another form of birth control.
If you are near menopause and breakthrough bleeding is often a problem, your medical provider may recommend an endometrial biopsy. Or a D and C (dilation and curettage), in which the uterine lining is gently scraped and cleaned away, may be suggested. For some women, that will end the problem.
If you are having spotting or break through bleeding that is accompanied by unusual pain, lasts 3 days or more is very heavy, or happens more than 2 months in a row. And also, if pregnancy is a possibility and you are spotting, you should consult the doctor.
After a while, many women take their menstrual cycles in stride. Many find it difficult to remember the exact date of the first day of their last period, let alone dates a few months earlier. Thatís why itís important to keep a menstrual diary if you begin having bleeding that is unusual for you. Keep a written record of the dates of your periods and any bleeding between periods. Also note how long the bleeding lasted and how heavy the flow was. This diary can help your medical provider find the possible cause and decide whether the between-period bleeding is anything to be concerned about.
Wear a pad or tampon to protect your thing while you are bleeding, just as you would during a regular period.
Avoid aspirin while you are bleeding. It increase the flow.
In many instances, spotting and breakthrough bleeding are nothing to worry. So just relax.
Signs and Symptoms that needs special care
Very heavy bleeding (for example, bleeding enough to soak a pad or tampon an hour for 2 to 3 hours in a row).
Spotting or breakthrough bleeding occurring 2 or more months in a row.
Menstrual pattern doesnít return to normal by the third month.
Bleeding between periods lasts 3 or more days.
Bleeding and pain between periods.
Over 40 years old and more than 6 months since your last period and irregular bleeding is now occurring.