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Does bleeding between periods need to be checked by a doctor?

Renee E. Cotter, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
If it’s just a one time event, it’s not too concerning. Anything that is heavy, persistent, prolonged or painful, signals that you need to go in and have it checked out. Your gynecologist will run an ultrasound, make sure Pap is normal, check for polyps in the cervix and do a workup and sometimes hormone testing.
 
Abnormal bleeding can happen at different times in a woman’s life. For a woman still having a menstrual cycle, an episode of abnormal bleeding could have many different causes. She should always think about pregnancy and/or early problems with undiagnosed pregnancy. If she rules out pregnancy, other things that may cause abnormal bleeding include hormonal fluctuations, anovulatory bleeding (if women doesn’t ovulate consistently), an infection of the cervix or lining of the uterus and uterine polyps. Women with polyps have spotting in the middle of their cycle, or sometimes at end of their periods. Another condition that may cause abnormal bleeding are fibroids, which are benign, smooth muscle tumors of the uterus that grow outside the uterus wall or inside the cavity.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
It is recommended that you call your doctor for any bleeding or spotting between periods, since it could be a sign of a serious disease such as endometrial cancer. Watch Dr. Oz talk more about endometrial cancer.


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