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Many women 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 is not 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.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: November 8, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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