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Intermenstrual Bleeding or Spotting - Is it Normal or Should I be Worried?

Written by
Dr. Nsah Bernard
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.

Published on Oct 28, 2013 and last reviewed on Sep 07, 2018   -  3 min read



Intermenstrual vaginal bleeding or spotting or bleeding between periods is considered abnormal and may usually require a patient seeing a doctor. It is also termed metrorrhagia. Normally, a woman has a regular menstrual cycle of 28 days with ranges between 21-35 days considered normal and menses can last for 2-7 days. Any bleeding out of these are considered abnormal.

Intermenstrual Bleeding or Spotting - Is it Normal or Should I be Worried?

Causes of Intermenstrual bleeding:

Intermenstrual bleeding or bleeding between periods can be caused by a vast number of factors which may be physical or organic and psychosocial. If you are experiencing intermenstrual bleeding, then your doctor maybe a able to rule out one of the below most probable types of causes (from most likely to least likely):

When to See a Doctor:

Even though it is always wise to seek your doctor's opinion when ever you experience an abnormal vaginal bleeding, but it is not always necessary. It is best you observe for persistence (when bleeding is severe) or reoccurence, then you can then seek doctor's opinion. Other symptoms might also guide you in making the decision (quick enough) to see your doctor or health care provider, such as lower abdominal pain, heavy bleeding, dizziness, fatigue, fever.

At Doctor's Consultation:

Complications of Persistent Intermenstrual Bleeding:

Several complications can arise from a neglected persistent or recurrent intermenstrual bleeding such as:

In most cases, spotting or intermenstrual bleeding resolves on its own without medical intervention.

How to Prevent Intermenstrual Bleeding:


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