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OT-abnormal vaginal bleeding

I have a doctor's apt scheduled for next month for a problem I've been having off and on for a while. Sometimes after I exercise I bleed for a day, sometimes just a few hours. I've noticed it will happen between a few days before ovulation and a couple of days after ovulation. During this point in my cycle-if I exercise "hard" (or even moderately) I am almost guaranteed to find some bleeding afterwards.

I realize that bleeding between periods can happen for many reasons, many that are scary and many that aren't that big of a deal . . .I am looking forward to getting my exam overwith and having some sort of answer from the doctor but I am worried in the meantime.

SInce many of us on peertrainer are women and many of us exercise, I guess I'm just wondering if any of you have had a similar type of bleeding before and if so, what turned out to be the cause?

Thanks for your responses ahead of time!

Wed. Oct 4, 9:42pm

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Never heard of this, please keep us posted!!!!!!!!

Good luck

Wednesday, October 04, 2006, 10:50 PM

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Hey take care. This defi sounds abnormal. Hope its nothing big.. Keep us posted.
Good luck to you.

Thursday, October 05, 2006, 12:11 AM

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How old are you? If you are, say, in your late thirties or older this is not all that unusual as you move into perimenopause (it means that you aren't ovulating, usually). Also, uterine polyps can cause this -- they aren't a big deal, a D&C will take care of it.

Thursday, October 05, 2006, 9:43 AM

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here is some info from an article i found with google:

Pain and vaginal bleeding after exercise

Today I was at the gym running on the treadmill, and I felt this sharp pain in my lower abdomen as I ran. When I got home and used the restroom, there was some blood in my underwear. My period didn't start. This isn't the first time I have felt that pain but I thought it was just a side stitch. I am having other problems with my menstrual cycle, like breakthrough bleeding, and some cramping. I have an appointment with my gyn, but I'm really starting to get concerned. Any ideas?
Vaginal bleeding brought on by exercise or trauma is usually related to either disruption of the corpus luteum of the ovary (gland that forms after egg is ovulated each month) or anatomic abnormality inside the uterus such as a polyp or fibroid. The sudden pain and then the bleeding would go along with a ruptured corpus luteum of the ovary or even mid cycle ovulation if it occurred 14 days or less from when the NEXT menses was supposed to occur. Bleeding from anatomical causes would be more likely at age greater than 35. There are other causes such as local cervical irritation, endometriosis, endocrine bleeding etc., so you are right to get an exam to put the total picture together with the other ovulatory problems you describe.

Thursday, October 05, 2006, 9:49 AM

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I've had breakthrough bleeding mid-month maaaany times. Once, it didn't stop the entire month, and I bled for 28 days before having a DNC. It can be stress, it can be changes in hormone levels (like a new contraceptive), many things. I've known many women to have the same. Can't say I've ever noticed it getting worse after exercising though. But I wouldn't worry too much. Women "issues" are usually pretty easy to rectify. You're going to the doc, which is the right thing to do, and in the interim, try not to stress. I know, it's easier said than done. Good luck!

Thursday, October 05, 2006, 11:05 AM

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My mom had unpredictable bleeding when she was in menopause. But, I guess for menopause, it is not unusual. I have had break-thru bleeding, even if I take my pill a couple of hours late for few days. Had it happen when I had to work another shift, so my schedule for everything changed.

Thursday, October 05, 2006, 11:40 AM

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Same Problem

I just recently started having the same problem. Did you find out what came from your exam? The earliest I can get to the doctor is a month away. I've been searching the web and haven't heard anyone else having this exact problem. Just wondering if there were any explainations.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007, 3:37 PM

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Can be caused by being on the pill

Wednesday, November 14, 2007, 3:49 PM

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Happened to me once, while horseback riding. Only, I was/am still a virgin and basically I hit the saddle too hard and 'tore' my hymen a little bit = blood. Is it possible that it's the same for you?

Thursday, December 04, 2008, 11:23 PM

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bleeding after exercise

According to a nurse friend of mine, bleeding after exercise isn't uncommon and by itself not a symptom of a serious problem. She said it's often from fibroids, hormonal imbalance or urinary infection and that urinary infection doesn't always have symptoms you feel. You should of course have tests to be sure the bleeding's not from something more serious and that you're healthy; but to repeat, she said it isn't uncommon and that more often than not it's not from anything big, though it's sometimes difficult to get rid of. In my case it's hormonal, aggravated by fibroids I've always had. My doctor had started me on a thyroid supplement and I was taking low-dose hormones. The thyroid evidently stimulated a hormonal imbalance & bleeding after exercise began--scary until I knew the cause. I've quit the hormones and expect that my body eventually will balance. In the meantime the bleeding--even if it's just spotting--is just a bloody nuisance (no pun intended).

Wednesday, April 08, 2009, 2:26 PM

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