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Vaginal bleeding (nonpregnancy): Overview

It's common to have bleeding or spotting between periods. Lots of things can cause it. You may bleed because of hormone problems, stress, or ovulation. Fibroids and IUDs (intrauterine devices) can also cause bleeding.

If your bleeding or spotting is caused by one of these things and isn't heavy or doesn't happen often, you probably don't need to worry.

But in rare cases, infection, cancer, or other serious conditions can cause bleeding. So you may need more tests to find the cause of your bleeding.

The doctor has checked you carefully, but problems can develop later. If you notice any problems or new symptoms, get medical treatment right away.

Teens (nonpregnant): How can you care for vaginal bleeding?

  • Be safe with medicines. Take pain medicines exactly as directed.
    • If the doctor gave you a prescription medicine for pain, take it as prescribed.
    • If you are not taking a prescription pain medicine, ask your doctor if you can take an over-the-counter medicine. Do not take aspirin, which may make bleeding worse.
  • If your doctor has prescribed birth control pills to help control your bleeding, take them as directed.
  • You may be low in iron because of blood loss. Eat a balanced diet that is high in iron and vitamin C. Foods rich in iron include red meat, shellfish, eggs, beans, and leafy green vegetables. Talk to your doctor about whether you need to take iron pills or a multivitamin.

Vaginal bleeding (nonpregnancy): When to call

Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:

  • You passed out (lost consciousness).

Call your doctor now or seek immediate medical care if:

  • You have severe vaginal bleeding.
  • You are dizzy or lightheaded, or you feel like you may faint.
  • You have new or worse belly or pelvic pain.

Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor if:

  • Your bleeding gets worse.
  • You think you might be pregnant.
  • You do not get better as expected.

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