Definition Vaginal bleeding in pregnancy is bleeding coming through the vagina during pregnancy, for any reason. Alternative Names Pregnancy - vaginal bleeding; Maternal blood loss Considerations Up to 10% of women have vaginal bleeding at some time during their pregnancy, especially in the first 3 months (first trimester). Bleeding is even more common with twins. To help prevent a miscarriage or other problems during pregnancy: Avoid smoking and using drugs of any kind, including alcohol. Eat a well- balanced diet . Get regular medical checkups. Take prenatal vitamins (or vitamins high in folic acid) before and after getting pregnant. Common Causes During the first 3 months, vaginal bleeding may be a sign of a miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy. See the doctor right away. During months 4 - 9 bleeding may be a sign of: Abruptio placentae Miscarriage Placenta previa Vasa previa Other possible causes of vaginal bleeding during pregnancy: Early labor (bloody show) Ectopic pregnancy Infection of the cervix Trauma...
A small amount of daily vaginal discharge is common in most women. Some breast cancer treatments can cause more or different discharge.
Normal discharge is usually:
clear, white, or opaque in color
thin and sticky or thick and gooey in appearance
Abnormal discharge can be:
more voluminous than usual
thick and white or yellowish in color (sometimes resembling cottage cheese); a cottage-cheese-like discharge can be a sign of a yeast infection. If you think you might have a yeast infection, call your doctor. Medicines are available to help.
If the discharge looks bloody, see a doctor immediately. Bloody discharge can be a sign of a serious medical condition.
The following breast cancer treatments can cause vaginal discharge:
tamoxifen, a hormonal therapy
Fareston (chemical name: toremifene), a hormonal therapy
Some bisphosphonates (bone-strengthening medicines) can cause a white vaginal discharge as a side effect.
Managing vaginal discharge
Take daily shower...
Periods, nobody likes 'em, but how do you know if you are suffering too much? Get the info you need to cope. Amenorrhea There are two types of amenorrhea, or absence of menstruation: Primary amenorrhea occurs when a girl with normal changes of puberty (such as breast development and pubic hair growth) doesn't get her first period by age 16. If that applies to you, see your doctor. Different problems can cause primary amenorrhea including genetic problems, excessive exercise and the eating disorder anorexia nervosa. Secondary amenorrhea occurs when a girl who has had regular cycles for at least six months, or who got her first period at least 18 months before, stops getting her periods for three cycle lengths. Causes include: Pregnancy -- This is one of the first things your doctor will check for. Medical conditions -- Such as thyroid problems or elevation of a hormone called prolactin. Stress -- Heavy emotional stress can cause you to miss ...
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