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Anyone suggest why I might be bleeding between periods?

(10 Posts)
Niggles Sat 08-Mar-14 07:58:48

Tbh I can't guarantee if the blood I've seen for the last two days, and again this morning, is vaginal or in my pee. It is not from the other end though!
I had my last period a couple of weeks ago, tends to be stop/start but definitely had a day of heavy flow on 18th Feb, so either day one or day 3 depending how you count it.
Have googled NHS site which suggests things from menopause to cancer - so would love some reassurance! Obviously will make a GP appt as soon as I can, but they aren't quick.
I'm 43 and had a baby at 41, haven't been monitoring cycles since then but seem regular.
I have suffered from rmc so still have my brain set to the default setting of blood = very bad news!

ExcuseTypos Sat 08-Mar-14 08:08:29

Hi Niggles, I started to bleed between periods at exactly the same age as you. (I used a tampon to establish the blood was definitely coming from my vagina.)

The dr checked my smear was up to date, did an examination and some swab tests. Everything came back normal so she put it down to being peri menopausal. I've now had it on and off for 5 years. It's not a lot of blood but still annoying and inconvenient.

Do make that drs app, hopefully it will just be your age.

Niggles Sat 08-Mar-14 08:26:55

Thank you for that. Ooh, does that mean hot flushes are round the corner! Didn't associate myself with menopause as still breast feeding, guess I was lucky getting my second child in in time!
Will monitor what happens, I guess if it turns into an obvious "period" then I will know where I stand, it's just with lighter bleeding I wouldn't be so sure.
thanks

ExcuseTypos Sat 08-Mar-14 08:37:40

I haven't had any hot flushes- yet! Apparently this pre menapausal bit can last up to 10 yearshmm

Could breast feeding affect periods? I last breast fed 19 years ago so I can't remember that far back(menopause again!)

IPokedABadgerWithASpoon Sat 08-Mar-14 08:39:33

Im having this too atm (spent the last 23 out of 35 days bleeding!) but Im only mid-20s so I hope its not menopause

ExcuseTypos Sat 08-Mar-14 08:42:37

Oh just remember the dr did say that being stressed can also make this happen. Stress messes with your hormones apparently.

AngelinaCongleton Sat 08-Mar-14 08:47:09

Was also about to say when I'm stressed or upset this has happened a couple of times. I went to the doctor (at about 39) and they said only come back if happens a couple more times. They weren't concerned about the once or twice. My smears were up to date.

Kundry Sat 08-Mar-14 11:07:30

Without wishing to alarm you, this can be an early sign of endometrial cancer as you are 40+. It's far more likely to be absolutely nothing or the start of the menopause but you must make that GP appointment.

derektheladyhamster Sat 08-Mar-14 11:12:33

I've had this for about 13 years, started after a particularly painful smear. About a 10 days to a week before my period I have a light bleed for a couple of days (panty liner is fine for protection). It's not been a real problem as I've been on the pill for the last 10 years, but since coming off the pill at the beginning of the year it's started up. I've smear due in a couple of weeks so I'll bring it up again then.

Niggles Sat 08-Mar-14 11:23:37

I have had a particularly stressful couple of weeks, can't remember a time like it actually. I wonder will GP think it's too soon to see them if it's only happened once, judging my some posters who've had it for years? Though I don't know if this is first time, I've not been checking dates at all really (a lovely change from all the charting I did before ds2!)
Am overwhelmed by getting so many responses, it really is lovely to have mumsnet to turn to. cake all round

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