Saturday, January 12, 2013

Mid-Cycle Bleeding

Some women (including me) experience mid-cycle bleeding or bleeding between her periods. The bleeding usually light to moderate. If you experience this, consider the following:

  1. Check if there any other symptoms, such as pain, cramps, nausea, dizziness, or any feeling that disturb your daily activities. If one or some of those symptoms occur, you need to see your doctor immediately.
  2. If only light bleeding occurs, but no other symptoms detected, usually you just have to reduce stress, take a good rest, and eat nutritious foods. It's usually caused by hormonal imbalance due to bad daily routine. But if the bleeding continues for the next 2 months, you need to go to doctor to have complete examination of your hormone level.

What can cause mid-cycle bleeding?  

Mid-cycle bleeding
  1. Hormonal imbalances. Most cause of mid-cycle bleeding is hormonal imbalances, or your hormone level is not in the right level. In this case, the blood usually dark or brownish and the bleeding is heavier. You may feel a little pain or cramps. Your doctor usually give hormone therapy after a full blood check. Hormonal imbalance can cause serious problems (cancer, infertility, etc) if not cared well. Usually it cause small bump in uterus, like what i got  now. On the right the USG picture of my uterus, showing 0.72 cm bump (marked with small "x"). But it's not a big problem. The bump will vanish with 3 month medroxyprogeterone acetate therapy.
  2. Ovulation. The good news is: that ovulation sometimes cause a light mid-cycle bleeding occurs, and it is very normal. No worry about that. During the ovulation, the ovary follicle ruptures to release egg, and cause a very light bleeding. The blood usually pinkish and your cervical mucus will be clear and stringy.  To identify this, you have to be sure that you are ovulating when the bleeding occurs. There are numerous ovulation test pack which you can purchase on your local drugstore. 
  3. Endometriosis. Endometriosis is a gynecological medical condition in which cells from the lining of the uterus (endometrium) appear and flourish outside the uterine cavity, most commonly on the peritoneum which lines the abdominal cavity. The uterine cavity is lined with endometrial cells, which are under the influence of female hormones. Endometrial-like cells in areas outside the uterus (endometriosis) are influenced by hormonal changes and respond in a way that is similar to the cells found inside the uterus. Symptoms often worsen with the menstrual cycle. (source: wikipedia).
  4. Pregnancy or misscariage. First or second week of pregnancy can cause a light bleeding. It is normal, and considered as a sign of pregnancy. Bleeding can also be sign of misscariage if you're pregnant. 
  5. Infection. Mid-cycle bleeding usually caused by infection if you experience pain and smelly cervical mucus. 

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