Vaginal bleeding is normal under certain circumstances, but in many cases, it indicates a potentially serious complication. If you are experiencing vaginal bleeding outside of your usual menstruation, contact your gynecologist immediately.
According to WebMD, there are several possible causes of abnormal bleeding. In some cases, it may resolve itself, but the only way to determine the actual cause is by visiting your doctor and undergoing a thorough exam.
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When Should I Call the Doctor Regarding Vaginal Bleeding?
You should call your doctor any time you experience abnormal vaginal bleeding. Bleeding is abnormal if you are not menstruating, if you do not menstruate because of your age, or if you are pregnant. You should also call your doctor if your menstrual flow is lighter or heavier than usual.
When Is Vaginal Bleeding Normal?
According to the Mayo Clinic, vaginal bleeding is normal in a variety of circumstances. Populations that may experience normal vaginal bleeding include newborn girls, teenagers, women beginning birth control pills, women who are menstruating, and women nearing menopause.
It is normal for newborn girls to experience some vaginal bleeding until they are a few weeks old. If the bleeding appears to be excessive or persists for more than one month, contact your pediatrician.
Since it can take a few years for menstruation to regulate, it is also common for teenage girls to experience seemingly random vaginal bleeding. Additionally, many women have light spotting before beginning menstruation and before entering menopause. Those who are just starting birth control may experience some light spotting during the first few months, as well.
What Causes Abnormal Vaginal Bleeding?
There are several potential causes of abnormal vaginal bleeding, and some are more severe than others. The most common causes include:
- Ovulation, which can cause bleeding mid-cycle;
- Polycystic ovary syndrome;
- Various medications including birth control pills;
- An intrauterine device;
- Infections in the pelvic organs;
- Sexual abuse;
- Uterine fibroids;
- Excessive stress; and
- Various diseases such as hyperthyroidism, pelvic inflammatory disease, and diabetes.
Possible Treatments for Abnormal Vaginal Bleeding
If you are experiencing abnormal vaginal bleeding, your treatment will ultimately depend on the underlying cause. In some cases, surgery may be the most effective treatment option. Other treatment options include low-dose hormone therapy and antibiotics.
Undergoing an operation may sound scary, but thanks to advancements in medical science, many gynecological procedures are less invasive and more precise than ever.
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