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Is it normal to bleed between periods?

It can take a few years for some young women to establish a regular cycle and bleeding pattern. Some young women will spot slightly (pass a small amount of blood) during ovulation, about 14 days before their period. Additionally, it can be normal for some women to spot slightly in the days just before their period, or bleed between periods when taking contraceptives or hormonal treatments. Otherwise, bleeding between periods or after sex can be an indication of infection or other medical conditions, particularly if such bleeding is not usual for you. In rare cases, cancer can cause bleeding between periods, so it is important that it is investigated by your doctor. After menopause, any bleeding may also be a sign of an underlying medical condition and needs to be checked by a doctor.

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Author: Kellie Heywood
First answered: 23 Nov 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Premenstual syndrome (PMS)

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