In women who are not pregnant, spotting between periods is commonly caused by changes in birth control pills and other hormone therapy, says Dr. Tina Groat. In addition, biopsies and other examinations performed on the cervix and vaginal area can cause bleeding between menstrual periods.
Vaginal bleeding, however, can signal serious gynecologic conditions or other medical problems in pregnant women, post-menopausal women (who have not had a menstrual period in 12 consecutive months) and pre-pubescent girls. Unexpected vaginal bleeding could be a sign of a serious health issue, such as cancer, and should be evaluated by a doctor right away.
Possible causes of vaginal bleeding between periods include:
You should see a doctor any time you have unexpected bleeding between periods. Specifically, you should seek immediate medical attention if you experience this under the following circumstances:
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