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Spotting after Period?

Spotting or vaginal bleeding after, between or after your periods is also referred to as metrorrhagia.

Causes vary and can include but not limited to: miscarriages, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), vaginal dryness, fibroid tumors, polyps or abnormal growth and /or cancer of the cervix or uterus, hormone imbalance, extreme stress, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), birth control pills, and even diabetes.

Sometimes, during ovulation or shortly before a woman may experience some ovulation bleeding, which is typically lighter than menstrual flow and lasts up to two days.

Your Cycle: What is Normal and What Isn't?

On average a regular normal menstrual cycle for most women is approximately 28 days long with bleeding for 4-5 days. For some, a normal cycle could be between 21 and 35 days-where it would be normal to bleed from 2-7 days during a period. That said; any spotting or bleeding above and beyond-outside these 'normal' cycles as discussed is abnormal.

Other Possible Symptoms

Depending on the cause of the bleeding; other symptoms such as fever, pain, cramps, dizziness, fatigue, and nausea can accompany the bleeding. It is critical to seek emergency medical attention immediately. Especially since it is also very difficult to know why you are bleeding, and could also be a combination of factors.

Do Not Play the Waiting Game

Since any type of bleeding outside of your normal cycle is considered abnormal, it is important to see a doctor immediately. He or she will be able to determine what is causing the bleeding and decide the best course of action in terms of treatment going forward, and monitor your condition. In the meantime, before during, and after seeing your doctor-do yourself, and your doctor a big favor and keep a health log of all your experiences during this time.

Keep a Log

Since you can anticipate that your doctor will ask you about your last cycle, and other questions pertaining to the bleeding and related symptoms you are experiencing, it is a good idea to be prepared to answer such questions. Keeping a log will be particularly advantageous for this reason. Your log book should include important details such as: When your last period started and ended, how long the flow last and how heavy it was, medication or other supplements you are currently taking, how often you had to change tampons or pads (this can give an idea of how much blood you have lost).

Also include the appearance of your actual blood-flow, other symptoms you experienced that was especially abnormal. Include the same information for spotting phase following your 'normal' period. Also tell your doctor if you take birth control pills, or other supplements since they could also interfere with your hormones.

Preventative Measures

Depending on the cause and severity of the condition; with your doctor's recommendation, it is important to take preventative measures to maintain a healthy lifestyle and avoid weight gain. Exercising in moderation can reduce stress and anxiety. You should also avoid Aspirin since they act as (anti-coagulants) and can increase the bleeding. Instead, for pain your doctor will likely recommend painkillers such as Naproxen or Ibuprofen which can also help to reduce the bleeding.

Words of Caution

Although in many cases, the spotting or abnormal bleeding goes away in few days, in most cases there is an underlying condition that needs medical attention. Do not play the guessing game, and wait for this to go away. Let your doctor decide if your condition is a cause for concern. Especially if the condition is cancer, the consequences could be life threatening, and is definitely not worth the wait.

Time is of the essence in these cases. Since spotting or bleeding outside of your normal cycle can be attributed to different factors, and could be the sign of something more serious and life-threatening. Please do not wait for the spotting to go away. Instead see your doctor immediately. As always, play it safe.

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