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Unexpected bleeding between periods – latest advice from women’s health experts

Posted Dec 07 2011 3:18am

Gynaecological cancerAbnormal, uncontrolled cell division resulting in a malignant tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body. expert, Miss Adeola Olaitan from University College Hospital, provides the latest advice for any woman worried about abnormal vaginal bleeding.

She says “Bleeding from the vagina should always be considered abnormal if it happens when you are not having a period.”

Adeola goes on to set out the number of different types of abnormal vaginal bleeding:

1. Bleeding after the menopauseThe time of a woman’s life when her ovaries stop releasing an egg (ovum) on a monthly cycle. has taken place (post-menopausalAfter the menopause - technically only once a woman has had no menstrual period for one year.)
2. Bleeding after sex - post-coitalOccurring after coitus (sexual intercourse). bleeding
3. Intermenstrual bleeding (bleeding between periods)

This important article explains the causes and medical approaches as well as warning that bleeding can also be a sign for a cancer of the lining of the wombThe uterus. ( endometrial cancer ), particularly when it occurs in women in their mid to late forties. You should see your doctor if you get this symptom. The doctor will organise an ultrasound scanThe process of using high-frequency sound waves to produce internal images of the body. of your pelvisThe bony basin formed by the hip bones and the lower vertebrae of the spine; also refers to the lower part of the abdomen. and may recommend a hysteroscopyExamination of the inside of the uterus by endoscopy, using an instrument called a hysteroscope inserted through the vagina and cervix. if the lining of the womb appears unduly thick. As long as it is detected sufficiently early, endometrial cancer can be successfully treated.

For further information and access to the women’s health experts click here .

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