If you are age 40 or older, abnormal vaginal bleeding may mean that you are entering perimenopause.
But here's some more info you could read up on.
Many women experience abnormal vaginal bleeding or spotting between periods sometime in their lives. Vaginal bleeding is considered to be abnormal if it occurs:
When you are not expecting your menstrual period.
When your menstrual flow is lighter or heavier than what is normal for you.
At a time in life when it is not expected, such as before age 10, when you are pregnant, or after menopause.
Causes of abnormal bleeding
Abnormal vaginal bleeding has many possible causes. By itself, it does not necessarily indicate a serious condition.
Because bleeding can indicate a problem with pregnancy, possible pregnancy should always be considered in a woman of childbearing age.
Spotting to minimal bleeding may be normal, but any bleeding during pregnancy needs to be evaluated by your doctor.
Heavy vaginal bleeding or bleeding that occurs before 12 weeks may indicate a serious problem, including an ectopic pregnancy or miscarriage.
Heavy vaginal bleeding or bleeding that occurs after 12 weeks also may indicate a serious problem, such as placenta previa.
Ovulation can cause midcycle bleeding.
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a hormone imbalance that interferes with normal ovulation which can cause abnormal bleeding.
Medicines, such as birth control pills, sometimes cause abnormal vaginal bleeding. You may have minor bleeding between periods during the first few months if you have recently started using birth control pills. You also may have bleeding if you do not take your pills at a regular time each day. For more information, see the topic Birth Control.
An intrauterine device (IUD) also may increase your chances of spotting or heavy periods. For more information on the IUD, see the topic Birth Control.
Infection of the pelvic organs (vagina, cervix, uterus, fallopian tubes, or ovaries) may cause vaginal bleeding, especially after intercourse or douching. Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are often the cause of infections. For more information, see the topic Exposure to Sexually Transmitted Diseases.
Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) causes inflammation or infection of the uterus, fallopian tubes, or ovaries which can cause abnormal bleeding.
Other, less common causes of abnormal vaginal bleeding that may be more serious include:
An object in the vagina.
Uterine fibroids, which are a common cause of heavy periods. For more information, see the topic Uterine Fibroids.
Structural problems, such as urethral prolapse or polyps.
Cancer of the cervix, uterus, ovaries, or vagina.
Extreme emotional stress and excessive exercise. But excessive exercise more frequently causes an absence of menstruation (amenorrhea).
Other diseases, such as hyperthyroidism or diabetes
The previous poster is right that bloody discharge between periods, or rather, abnormal menstrual cycles with periods showing up more often sometimes, less often other times, can be a sign of the perimenopause in older women. You don't mention how far beyond 40 you are, but this premenopausal period can go on for years in some women.
Spotting between periods can also point to infection, polyps, or even cancer, though. Thyroid problems can also be to blame for bleeding between periods. This is why doctors will tell anyone with bleeding between periods without any explanation to come in and be examined. You need to know what is causing this abnormal vaginal bleeding and to get treatment if necessary. If it turns out to be the perimenopause, you can be relieved.
I AM 23 AND HAVE BEEN ON THE INJECTION FOR A YEAR, THEN STOPPED IT IN JULY LAST YEAR. I have been having sore pains since last year and the doctor confirmed this year that its a cyst, cyst? ok was scared at fist but after is started praying and talking about it it has become better and easier to deal with the fear. Now i went to ny ghyno and he gave me chlomophene citrate and provera so i was waiting for my periods then........................... drop, drop, drop 1 drop each day. could it be dangerous or is it normal