What is common irregular vaginal blood loss?
With common irregular vaginal blood loss there is a slight disturbance in the hormonal balance. This can cause blood loss in between menstrual periods or cause irregular menstrual periods. Such a light disturbance in the hormonal balance usually isn't serious and is a common complaint.
What are symptoms of common irregular vaginal blood loss?
- Blood loss in between menstrual periods
- Irregular menstrual cycles
Is common irregular vaginal blood loss serious and should I see a doctor?
Common irregular vaginal blood loss isn't serious and when it occurs once in a while there is no need to see a doctor.
Contact your doctor:
- When the blood loss persists for longer than 7 days
- With blood loss in the first half of a pregnancy (up to 16 weeks)
Immediately contact a doctor:
- When you're losing a lot of blood
- With blood loss in the second half of the pregnancy (over 16 weeks)
- When you have serious abdominal pain
- When you have a fever and irregular blood loss
What can I do about common irregular vaginal blood loss myself?
- A doctor can inform you about the possibilities of treatment using medication
- Keep a journal in which you note when the bleeding occurs, how much blood you lose or how much tampons or sanitary napkins you have to use
- Keep note of medication you use and any contraceptives (birth control pill, IUD, etc.) you use
- With this journal you can assess the bleeding thoroughly with your doctor
- Try to keep tampons or sanitary napkins at hand
- Take extra precautions, like tampons or sanitary napkins, when you're wearing light clothes
How does common irregular vaginal blood loss affect my body?
The monthly menstrual period (or menstrual cycle) is controlled by hormones. Because this is a very intricate system, it is easy for small fluctuations to occur, which can cause some vaginal blood loss while you're not on your period or menstruating. These kinds of fluctuations are very common and are usually harmless.