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Vaginal Bleeding Causes
Vaginal bleeding is the term given to blood that is released from the vagina that comes from the vaginal wall or other areas of the female reproductive system. Generally, the cause of the bleeding is due to a
, a hormonal issue or a problem with an organ inside. While bleeding of this kind can occur at any age, vaginal bleeding that occurs with young girls or women of post menopausal age should be checked by an OB/GYN. Another cause for vaginal bleeding could be a complication arising from a pregnancy and should be addressed immediately. To learn more about vaginal bleeding and its causes, take a look below at the questions that have been answered by the Experts.
What causes vaginal bleeding after menopause?
Usually, a woman doesn't experience vaginal bleeding after menopause. If there is bleeding, it could be a result of vaginal, bladder, rectum or uterine issues. In many cases, the vagina and uterine tissue become thin due to low
levels and may be prone to bleeding especially after sex or because the uterine lining is just not thick enough. A trauma or an infection in the vagina or uterus can also cause vaginal bleeding. Whatever the cause, it should be brought to a doctor’s attention immediately. In the worst case scenario, it could indicate cancerous or pre-cancerous issues with the uterine lining which can usually be detected through a biopsy or an ultrasound.
Is it normal for someone on birth control (implanon) to have vaginal bleeding for two weeks?
In many cases, vaginal bleeding that occurs for long periods of time is caused by
. This form of
contains progesterone similar to Depo provera which causes the uterine lining to become very thin. At some point, the natural estrogen levels in the body become so low that it cannot sustain a thin lining in the uterus, causing constant blood flow. While the Implanon can be removed, many women add a birth control pill for four weeks to see if the bleeding can be controlled. Other causes of bleeding could be pregnancy, thyroid issues or an infection. By running the appropriate tests, each of these possible causes can be checked out and treated suitably.
What can lead to vaginal bleeding in a 75 year old woman?
If a woman experiences bleeding more than a year after her periods have stopped, it is said that she has post-menopausal bleeding. This should immediately be treated by a doctor. There are several causes for this, one of them being a sign of uterine cancer. Endometrial polyps or the thinning of the genital tract, known as atrophy, are other possible causes. In situations like this, a woman should visit her OB/GYN for an examination as well as perform a biopsy to check for cancer. An ultrasound should also be performed to determine the exact cause of the bleeding.
Is it normal to bleed after sexual intercourse?
Many times, bleeding after sexual intercourse is a result of the penis bumping against certain areas within the vagina and causing, for example, a cervical erosion. In most cases, this is due to the thin skin on the cervix or glands that gets irritated from the stimulation created by the penis. Bleeding could also be caused by a uterine contraction reaction which generally occurs when a woman has an orgasm. If the bleeding continues, an exam is usually performed to look for non-cancerous polyps that may have grown on the cervix. Other possible causes include skin tears inside the vagina, uterine polyps, a cervical infection caused by yeast, a bacterial infection, or a sexually transmitted disease.
What causes vaginal bleeding after a period?
Usually, when light bleeding or
occurs for a couple of days following a period, it could be due to ovulatory bleeding. In most cases, a woman should take a pregnancy test if she misses her period entirely. While there is usually nothing to be concerned about if the light bleeding occurs only once, a woman should generally consult with her OB/GYN if this is a recurring issue. A thyroid test,
and an ultrasound can then help to detect any possible issues.
Vaginal bleeding is generally nothing to worry about if it isn't a common occurrence. However, if it is a recurring phenomenon, one should get it checked out thoroughly by a good gynecologist. While there are a variety of causes for this kind of bleeding that can be treated fairly easily, there are some that require focused medical treatment. If you have any questions regarding vaginal bleeding, ask an Expert for medical insights and suggestions based on the details of your case.
Recent Vaginal Bleeding Questions
I'm 38 years old, I have had my tubes tied since 2003. I have
I'm 38 years old, I have had my tubes tied since 2003. I have been bleeding constantly since September 2014. At the beginning of September 2014 I started losing weight fast. I lost 10 pounds in 2 weeks without trying at the same exact time my menstrual cycle started to go crazy. At first I thought maybe it was because I was a little stressed. But as time went on I knew it must have been more than that. I went to my local Ob back in January to see what was causing this. She gave me a pap, internal ultrasound and everything came back normal. She prescribed 10mg Medroxyprogesterone for 10 days to stop my bleeding, which worked, then gave me Minastrin 24 Fe birthcontrol to take for therapy. Everything seemed to be working until 1 full month after taking the birthcontrol I started to have serious neurological problems and was getting extremly sick. I stopped taking the pills, went to my general practiction, who ordered a line of blood tests for every disorder possible. He also sent me to several specialists to check for autoimmune disorders along with MRI, CT scans, etc. All my tests came out normal. No one could figure out what was wrong. I started to get better but began bleeding again without stopping. My general practition then order more bloodwork with hormone levels. Everything was normal except for my estrogen. My estrogen levels were at 776, but my other levels were normal. I went back to my ob on July 30th and explained to her what had happened along with all my records and blood test results and explained to her my situation, and also explained to her that only thing that made sense to me, was I might have a sensitivity to the hormones and it was causing problems with my central nervous system. I had asked her what other options I had besides this. She told me that she wanted to put me on 10mg Medroxyprogesterone for 21 days 7 days off for 3 months since the 10 day worked for me previous time. I was reluctant because of my bad experience and asked about the Paragard IUD. She told me that with my case, it most likely would not work and to try the Medroxyprogesterone. I started taking them the very next day, July 31st. Within 1 week my head felt strange, like I was in an altered universe (just like 1 of the symptoms I had with the birth control) along with other side effects. I called her office and the nurse told me to just stick it out and see what happens, as long as I stop bleeding I'll have to deal with side effects. I thought that it might be temporary side effects so I kept taking it. One week before I finished my 21 day cycle (last week), I started to get flu like symptoms along with severe nausea. I thought it was the flu, but no one else close around me got it. I still have these symptoms along with severe depression, lack of consentration and energy in which I've never had an issue with. I had my general practition call my ob and let her know all these issues that I'm having. The ob told him that the only alternative would be the IUD. This is after she told me that the IUD wouldn't work. Now she telling me that's all I have left. I don't trust this and I'm so afraid that this will cause issues as well. WTH? This is a nightmare. Can anyone help me?
My aunt is 78 years old and has had intermittent vaginal
Hi my aunt is 78 years old and has had intermittent vaginal bleeding for the past 5 years , however over the last 3 months it has become very heavy with clots , she refuses to go to the doctors , please advise is there anything she can take to stem the loss . She is very stubborn and only been to the doctors twice in all her adult life x
I'm 12 weeks pregnant and had sore throat started yesterday
I'm 12 weeks pregnant and had sore throat started yesterday and later in the night turns into sneezing and muscle pain. Today no sore throat and the symptoms seems to get a bit better but now my temp is 38.5 degrees by ear. I went to my GP and he said I just got cold virus and when he measures me my temp was only 37.2 degrees under tongue. He said I should recover by just waiting it out. Is this true? Will the fever harm my baby?
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