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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
Feeling frustrated. I am 61 years of age. Went through menopause at 56. Since then have
feeling frustrated. I am 61 years of age. Went through menopause at 56. Since then have had two D&C's to remove polyps. Now am told I have thick lining again and another polyp, but have had no bleeding or spotting with this one so far. Test was done for pelvic pain which I believe to be arthritis. Lining of uterus measured 8.2 with a 1.2 polyp. should I be concerned? In the past I have always had spotting.
I am female. have PD and hypothyroidism. This morning, when urinated, lots of blood ca
I am 69 female. have PD and hypothyroidism. This morning, when urinated, lots of blood came too. I wiped and seems blood and someclots came from vagina.
I am 35 years old married women(no birth control pills, 3 children, tw
I am 35 years old married women(no birth control pills, 3 children, two previous D and C) that has had on and off yeast infections since October of 2014. Since the first yeast infection I have taken countless doses of Diflucan, over the counter yeast treatments, two weeks of 600mg Boric Acid suppositories, terconazole and tea tree oil suppositories. I recently tested negative for yeast (last week), but I have near constant vaginal burning and spotting after intercourse. My recent paps test (within a month) was negative. My health care provider feels that the spotting after intercourse is due to cervical ectropion and doesn't feel any more tests are needed and has brushed me off. Should I be obtaining more tests for the vaginal bleeding/burning and what tests and treatment should I ask for. Or, could this cervical ectropion be from the chronic yeast infection I have had and be responsible for the burning.
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