Bleeding a Week After Period

Abnormal vaginal bleeding is any bleeding that occurs between two menstrual periods. It is also known as spotting, metrorrhagia or inter-menstrual bleeding.
Every woman at some point during the reproductive period will

experience an irregular menstrual cycle. Keep in mind that, any menstrual bleeding between the menstrual cycles, regardless if it is just a light spotting is not normal.

There are many different causes that can lead to inter-menstrual bleeding. However, it is very frustrating as various things cross a woman’s mind. If vaginal bleeding is accompanied with abdominal pain, fatigue, fiver, dizziness or any other sign and symptom, you should seek immediate medical help.

Possible causes of inter-menstrual bleeding include:

Old blood – in many cases during the menstrual periods, all the blood and tissue was not expelled properly from the uterus. So, in this case it is normal to have dark vaginal spotting a week or two after your menstrual periods have ended.

Hormonal imbalance – it is well known that the menstrual cycle is controlled and regulated by two hormones estrogen and progesterone. Any imbalance of these two hormones can cause vaginal bleeding between menstrual periods.

Unregulated menstrual cycle – are one of the most common causes of vaginal bleeding between menstrual cycles. This is more common among teenage girls, whose menstrual cycle is not totally regulated yet. However, even older women can have unregulated menstrual cycle. The menstrual cycle can change anytime during a woman’s life due to stress, work overload, any health condition, etc.

Uterine polyps – are non-cancerous ingrowth inside of the uterus. In some cases these polyps can burst and lead to vaginal bleeding, usually spotting.

Uterine fibroids – are non-cancerous ingrowth inside of the uterus, usually more common among women who have given birth. They vary in size, shape and location. Uterine fibroids usually affect the menstrual cycle leading to inter-menstrual bleeding, heavy bleeding during menstrual cycle and even prolonged menstrual bleeding. When they grow bigger in size they should be surgically removed.

Infections – can also lead to vaginal bleeding between menstrual periods. Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), pelvic inflammatory diseases or any other infection that affects the reproductive organs, except other signs and symptoms, are also characterized with vaginal spotting or vaginal bleeding.

Pregnancy complications – can cause vaginal bleeding or spotting. Both, miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy, are accompanied with vaginal bleeding between menstrual periods.

Deep penetration during sexual intercourse – like in cases of vigorous sexual intercourse can lead to vaginal bleeding due to a physical injury. Bruises of the cervix except with vaginal blood are accompanied also with vaginal pain.

Oral contraceptives – that contain hormones can sometimes trigger various effects on the woman’s body. Women who have just started to take oral contraceptives as a protection method or even women who have just discontinued using oral contraceptives can experience inter-menstrual bleeding.

Cancer – of the vagina, cervix, uterus or ovaries can cause bleeding un- related to menstruation.

What should you do when you notice vaginal bleeding after your menstrual periods?
Weather it is the first time you are noticing blood, or it is something that has been repeating for the last 2-3 menstrual cycles, you should seek medical help. A proper medical check-up and diagnosis are necessary in cases when you have noticed vaginal bleeding that is unusual and not related to the menstrual cycle. If, except vaginal bleeding, other signs and symptoms like pain, fatigue, dizziness or fever, occur you should seek immediate medical help.

In some cases inter-menstrual vaginal bleeding will resolve on its own. However, in other cases a proper diagnosis and treatment are necessary. Ignoring the problem and not seeking proper medical help may lead to worsening of the condition. This is very important, because vaginal bleeding could be due to something not serious like stress, hormonal imbalance, but it could be also due to a more serious condition like pelvic inflammatory diseases, STDs, or even cancer of the reproductive organs.

56 COMMENTS

  1. I had a period a week ago and it started again I found it pretty weird and to soon, it started pretty light and got a little more heavy but nothing to intense the period lasted max 3 days which I found odd, I’m always pretty safe with sex I use the pill but most days I forget to take in at the same I normally take it later than I should some days if I forget could that be an issue to fall pregnant, before this bleeding all started me and mr partner had intercourse and the next day I was meant to take my pill at 9am every morning but I didn’t take it until 10pm at night can that still be risky ?

    • It is possible that you are experiencing signs of pregnancy. These symptoms may be results of your medication. Continue to monitor your experiences for additional pregnancy symptoms. Take a pregnancy test five days after your normal period date. Confirm the result of your test with a medical professional. Best of luck, Amy!

  2. Hi so my period ended one week ago and I’m having light period cramps and bleeding ? 🙁 what could it be I really dont want to be pregnant but whats the thoughts ??? Should I test.

    • It is possible that you are having an unusual period. It is possible that you experienced implantation bleeding. Continue to monitor your experiences for additional pregnancy symptoms. Take a pregnancy test at this time. Confirm the result of your test with a medical professional. Have a great day, Lola!

  3. I’m 27 years old. I had my menstruation period on october 24 and ended on october 31. I had a sexual intercourse with my husband on nov 5. Exactly 1 week after my menstruation, I have heavy vaginal bleeding up to this day although I don not feel pain. It almost frighten me since this is my first unusual bleeding. Should I consult a doctor? Thanks

    • If this is your first menstrual cycle at this age and it is possible that you are pregnant, then speak with a medical professional at this time. You may want to speak with an emergency specialist. Make an appointment with a medical professional if you are unwilling or unable to speak with an emergency medical professional. Take a pregnancy test five days after your normal period date. Confirm the result of your test with a medical professional. Best of luck, Anya!

  4. I ended my period a week ago excatly today and my period started back today. It’s kinda heavy but I have no cramps and usually my breast get sore before my period starts but they didn’t this time. I know it’s not normal to have a period again a week after your last period so I don’t know if I should be worried. I had a lot of unprotected sex with my fiance . But I’m pretty sure it has nothing to do with being pregnant.. what could this mean I never had this happen….

    • It is possible that you are experiencing pregnancy symptoms. It is possible that you are experiencing an unusual period. Continue to monitor your experiences for additional pregnancy symptoms. Take a pregnancy test five days after your normal period date. Confirm the result of your test with a medical professional. Best of luck, Raven!

  5. I had unprotected sex on 7/24,7/25,8/2 and 8/4 but I got my period on time on 8/14 until 8/18 but now I’m bleeding lightly and mild cramps and I’ve been having like white mucus and my breast have been feeling uncomfortable. I’m confused and don’t know what it could be.

    • It is possible that you are experiencing signs of pregnancy. It is possible that you are experiencing an unusual period. Continue to monitor the experiences that you are having for additional pregnancy symptoms. Take a pregnancy test five days after your normal period date. Confirm the result of your test with a medical professional. Best of luck, Briana!

  6. I had a very heavy and painful but average period for me which lasted around 7 days. Its now around 7-10 days after and i have now come on again with severe cramps and backache.What could this be due to as it has never happened before.

    • If your period lasts ten days, then you may want to visit an emergency medical professional. You may want to make an appointment at this time. Continue to monitor symptoms, as this will help you better address any questions that your doctor may have. Reduce stress in your life at this time. Best of luck, Beth!

  7. I am 23 I have started my period on 1st August night on 10th aug I had intercourse 11th aug morning I am bleeding with red colour blood.pls help.

    • You should visit an emergency medical professional or make an appointment at this time. Continue to monitor your symptoms. It is possible that you are experiencing an unusual period. It may be a sign of pregnancy. If it is possible that you are pregnant, then take a pregnancy test at this time. Confirm the result of the test with your doctor. Best of luck, Sia!

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