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Bleeding three days after mikveh

28 October, 2015

Question:

I went to the mikveh on Thursday evening.
It is now Sunday night and I have had a definite flow of blood. I am approaching 40 and have a copper (non hormone) IUD for about 3 or 4 years. My youngest child is 5 years old. I have never had such a short cycle. I will obviously see a Dr as soon as possible but living in the UK this could take a few weeks to organise to see a specialist. Do you have any advice or experience in such a thing happening? Needless to say it caught me by surprise and hasn't happened before.


Answer:

Approaching 40, it is not unusual to have unexpected cycles. However, we still recommend consulting with your doctor whenever you can get the appointment to see if there is any potentially treatable cause of the bleeding (for example cysts/polyps or cervical erosion, etc.). You can also speak first to your general practitioner, who very likely can offer some initial evaluation and/or treatment.

If these very short cycles continue, and an underlying cause is not found or cannot be treated, you can discuss with your physicians possibilities for lengthening the time between cycles. This can include either switching to hormonal contraception or using progesterone.

Please feel free to get back to us with any further questions.


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