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When You Should Worry About Menstrual Bleeding

If you are post-menopausal of younger than 11 and bleeding you should consult your physician immediately. Also do so if you are experiencing virginal bleeding between periods. Try to determine where the bleeding is coming from: Are you sure you are bleeding from your vagina? Or is it the rectum? Is there blood in your urine?

What Causes Bleeding Between Periods?

Although the cause of irregular bleeding can vary according to individual health situations, some of the more common causes include:

  • Implantation Bleeding/Pregnancy
  • Miscarriage
  • Hormonal fluctuations
  • Starting, stopping, or missing oral contraceptives or estrogens
  • Low thyroid levels
  • Stress
  • IUD’s occasionally cause slight spotting
  • Injury to the vagina from insertion of objects
  • Malignant cancers
  • Undiagnosed vaginal infections
  • Certain drugs, particularly anticoagulants
  • Vaginal dryness
  • GYN procedures
  • Some women have spotting during ovulation, which is normal