11 Reasons Not to Ignore Bleeding After the Period
Bleeding after the period is something that most women do not expect. That is, once the menstrual period is over, most women expect vaginal bleeding to stop until the next period.
Therefore, you may worry if you have noticed bleeding once your period is over. Fortunately, spotting some pink or brown spots on your underwear or a slight vaginal bleeding a week or more after the period is usually nothing to worry about.
The bleeding after the period can occur by:
- Use some method of birth control.
- Be the first sign of pregnancy (implantation bleeding).
- It could be due to ovulation ( a normal part of the menstrual cycle).
Even stress has been connected with bleeding between periods.
Depending on the cause of the bleeding, you may also experience vaginal discharge, lower abdominal pain, pelvic pain, or colic. Because bleeding after the period is classified as “abnormal vaginal bleeding,” it is advisable to consult a gynecologist for a checkup. This is because bleeding between periods can also be a symptom of a more serious medical condition such as ovarian cysts, thyroid disease or cancer of the reproductive organs.
If you are concerned about spotting blood spots after the period, please invite me to continue reading to find out what might be causing this abnormal vaginal bleeding.
Table of Contents
- 1 Causes of bleeding after the period
- 2 Bleeding after the period: When to see the doctor
Causes of bleeding after the period
These are the most common causes of spotting or light bleeding once the period is over.
Mild bleeding about one week or two weeks after the end of the period could be due to ovulation. A woman’s menstrual cycle on average lasts 28 days and ovulation occurs approximately 10 to 14 days after the start of the menstrual period.
Sudden changes in hormone levels can cause vaginal spots at the time of ovulation. Women who have irregular periods may also notice light bleeding between periods. According to the Mayo Clinic, ovulation can also cause an increase in vaginal secretions that become thicker after ovulation. Around the time of ovulation is the optimal time to achieve the pregnant.
2. Implantation Bleeding
Implantation bleeding is one of the first signs of pregnancy and can cause brown spots after the period. This light bleeding is completely natural and is not a cause for concern. Along with blemishes, the first symptoms of pregnancy are white discharge and pelvic cramps but no menstrual period. When the fertilized egg attaches to the wall of the uterus, you can bleed a little.
However, not all women experience mild bleeding as the first sign of pregnancy. The only way to be sure that you are pregnant is through a pregnancy test. Home test kits are usually quite reliable and a doctor can also carry out a test to confirm whether or not you are pregnant. If you are pregnant and you notice vaginal bleeding, you should seek urgent medical help.
Although mild bleeding is common during the first trimester, it could also be a sign of a more serious illness such as ectopic pregnancy or miscarriage.
3. Birth Control
If you have recently started using birth control, you may experience bleeding after the period. It is common if you have started taking the contraceptive pill or have an intrauterine device (IUD) installed. Birth control pills can cause abnormal bleeding or vaginal bleeding during the first few months of use.
In addition, blemishes may occur if the dose of estrogen is changed or if you stop taking the pill at the same time each day. Some blemishes can occur in the first few days to install the IUD. Some women still have spots between their periods all the time while they have the IUD installed. If you have severe vaginal bleeding, severe abdominal or pelvic pain, and/or a foul-smelling vaginal discharge, you should see a doctor.
Postpartum bleeding or light bleeding between periods is common in women approaching menopause. The years prior to menopause are known as premenopause.
You will also notice that your menstrual periods become more irregular due to fluctuations in estrogen levels. Fluctuations in hormone levels can cause heavy menstrual bleeding and bleeding before the period. However, between periods there may be more frequent bleeding or slight irregular bleeding.
If the vaginal bleeding lasts longer than normal, it is advisable to talk to the doctor for a checkup and rule out more serious health conditions. To find relief from the stress and anxiety that menopause can cause, please, you can read this article about St. John’s Wort to deal with menopause.
Brown or pink spots after the period may be due to physiological or emotional stress. Stress can affect the body in many ways, and wreak havoc on the monthly cycle. It can even interfere with the menstrual cycle and cause irregular periods. It is one of the most common causes of the menstrual cycle to be delayed or lost. It can also cause bleeding or slight bleeding after the period is over. There are many natural ways to deal with stress and, therefore, avoid bleeding after the period.
6. Cyst in the ovary
The ovarian cysts can cause abnormal bleeding and spotting after the period has ended. Cysts can form in the ovaries and develop as part of the menstrual cycle. Usually, the ovarian cysts cause no problem, however, in some cases, may grow to cause pain and bleeding if broken.
Symptoms of ovarian cysts include spotting or mild bleeding after the period. There may also be pelvic pain, swelling, and pain during bowel movements. Many doctors often opt for the “wait and see” approach to treating ovarian cysts. If they are a nuisance, they can be removed surgically.
7. Hypoactive Thyroid
Although it does not appear to be connected to the reproductive system, one of the symptoms of the hypoactive thyroid is bleeding a week or more after the end of the period. Insufficient thyroid condition is called hypothyroidism because the thyroid does not produce enough thyroid hormone to keep the body functioning properly.
Hypothyroidism can cause tiredness, fatigue, dry skin, and changes in the menstrual cycle. As for the effect of hypothyroidism on abnormal vaginal bleeding, it can cause random or frequent bleeding and you can be abundant or mild.
8. Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
If you notice bleeding after the period even mild, it could be a symptom of the pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). Vaginal discharge, lower pelvic pain, and irregular vaginal bleeding are caused by a bacterial infection that often results from a sexually transmitted disease. The bacterial infection responsible for bleeding between periods is caused by inflammation and infection in the ovaries, uterus, or fallopian tubes.
It is important to seek medical treatment as soon as possible, as the pelvic inflammatory disease can cause complications in the reproductive system.
Ovarian cancer, endometrial cancer, and cervical cancer can cause irregular bleeding after the period. If you have passed menopause, then it is good to remember that any type of bleeding or vaginal bleeding is considered abnormal and should be checked by a doctor.
Most people with abnormal bleeding do not have cancer, but because bleeding in the vagina may be a symptom of cancer, you should see a doctor. Any type of vaginal bleeding is cause for concern, once the menopause has passed. If you have not reached menopause, you should consult a doctor if your periods are stronger than usual or you have unusual bleeding once the period is over.
10. Uterine fibroids
Sometimes, uterine fibroids can cause blemishes a week or more after the end of the period. Uterine fibroids are harmless growths that develop in the uterus. Apart from brown spots, fibroids can cause lower back pain, pelvic discomfort, and bladder problems. They can also cause heavier menstrual bleeding than usual.
If there is bleeding after the period, along with discomfort in the pelvis and painful periods, it is advisable to visit the doctor. For more information on how to identify if you have uterine fibroids, you can find useful information in my future article on the warning signs of uterine fibroids.
11. Urethral prolapse
If the muscles that hold the urethra in place weaken and stretch, you may experience pink spots once the period is over. In order to avoid problems caused by prolapse and strengthen the muscles of the pelvis, many women Kegel exercises have been very useful.
Bleeding after the period: When to see the doctor
You should see your doctor in case of unusual or abnormal vaginal bleeding between periods. You can calm down and start treatment as soon as possible in the event that the blemishes are due to a serious condition. The doctor may also check to rule out other underlying health conditions. For example, irregular menstrual cycles have been linked to an increased risk of developing heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
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