Abnormal Vaginal Bleeding
Being a woman is tough, but most get use to it and the small issues we have that men never have to worry about become such a part of life that we do not think twice about them. However, not all women can sail through life without having issues. One of the most tricky parts of the female body is the reproductive system. Some will experience some oddness at times, but there are some that have issues that last until menopause. If you have abnormal vaginal bleeding, do not freak out. It may be what is normal for you. However, finding out why is essential before you write it off as a normal function.
The 28 day menstrual cycle is not the norm for every woman, no matter what you may learn in health class. Some women have shorter cycles and they are normal for them. Some women can have six weeks cycles, and those are normal for them. However, once you know what your normal cycle is and things suddenly change and are accompanied by abnormal vaginal bleeding, you should see a doctor to find out what might be going on. You could be pregnant, or you could have a condition that needs treatment.
Some abnormal vaginal bleeding means you are pregnant. If you think you have started your period around the normal time, but you realize you are only spotting and then it goes away, you may be experiencing implantation spotting. This is not something all women have, but it does happen to some. This type of abnormal bleeding requires a pregnancy test and a call to a doctor. Along the same lines, if you are sure you are pregnant and you start to bleed, you may be having a miscarriage. That is not always the case, but you should always follow up with your OB-GYN.
Sometimes, abnormal vaginal bleeding is not a normal part of pregnancy or a sign that something could be wrong with a pregnancy. The human body is amazing, but things can go wrong. Some bleeding can occur because of a more serious condition that can affect fertility. Endometriosis is a condition where blood can accumulate outside of the uterus and can be painful. If you have abnormal bleeding and pain during intercourse, this could be a problem for you. See an OB-GYN as soon as you realize that something is not quite right. This can save your fertility – and your sex life.
Never ignore abnormal vaginal bleeding, even if you are pretty sure you know what is going on. Understand that even women with normal, clockwork cycles can have late periods, missed periods, and other spotting when nothing is wrong. The outside work can cause problems with your very sensitive system. Just know that your intuition can tell you a lot and if you feel that the bleeding you are experiencing is not a normal thing for you, you are probably right. Luckily, many problems can be cleared up or managed if you see your doctor when you suspect a problem.