What Exactly Is Breakthrough Bleeding
Breakthrough Bleeding is a condition that is described as abnormal bleeding that occurs between menstrual cycles for women. There are many causes of breakthrough bleeding the most common ones being an excessively thick endometrium lining. Other causes of bleeding may include; hormonal effects of ovulation, the use of hormonal contraceptives, sexually transmitted disease, anemia, ovarian cysts, thyroid problems, fibroids, cysts and may occur early in pregnancy. Although most of the time this bleeding is not medically dangerous it can be unpredictable and unpleasant.
To be cautious of your health there are some times that you may want to seek professional consultation for this bleeding. If you are taking oral contraceptives and after a few months your bleeding continues you should consult your prescribing physician to look at a potential change in dose or type of pill. If you are or believe you are pregnant and begin to have bleeding seek medical help immediately. If you have pain, nausea, yellow or brown vaginal discharge or vomiting that accompanies your bleeding you should also seek medical attention.
If your bleeding has been ruled out as anything that is medically concerning you will need to find ways to cope with your bleeding until it resolves. There are many things that you can do to make this time more comfortable. The first important step is to accept what is going on, that it is not harmful, and it will take time to resolve. The second step is to make sure you are prepared. While not harmful long term, bleeding will take both a physical and an emotional toll on your body and mind.
Third make sure you manage the symptoms, have supplies with you at all times and make sure that your use of tampons is within the safe range as long term use can have potential health complications. Fourth, control what you can. Taking your birth control pill at different times or missing doses can contribute to the bleeding, so make sure you are taking the pills on schedule.
One additional recommendation that healthcare providers and nonprofessional in general will all make is to quit smoking. Smoking can lead to an increase in bleeding and many other health complications.
You Can Live With Breakthrough Bleeding
It is possible to live with and manage your breakthrough bleeding and although it may not be pleasant you can manage your symptoms and get through this. It is important to remember that you are not alone and that many women have bleeding and there are many educational resources available.