Hi, I’m a 19 year old female student. I’ve recently began a rigorous strength training and cardio workout (started 3 months ago) and about a week after my period, I would get some spotting that lasts 3-4 days. I’ve read online that this is common for women who begin new workout routines such as running, however I played soccer in high school, so I’m used to the rigorous workout. I was wondering if this is something common you see, and if not then what problem is this a sign or symptom of that I would need to see a OB/GYN for?
This could all just be “lifestyle-induced metrorrhagia” (Don’t you just LURVE doctor language? That just means “spotting/bleeding between regular periods, due to lifestyle factors such as exercise, stress, diet, etc.”). After all, even though you “played soccer in high school”, you may be working out more vigorously now, and/or your body’s hormonal shifts (and resultant effects on the uterine lining) may be more pronounced now, leading to the spotting. This is a common occurrence among high-school/college-aged women undertaking vigorous workout regimens.
As long as you’re not having pelvic pain, and your periods themselves are staying regular, and you’re only spotting and not “bleeding like a stuck pig” between periods — you could probably just observe this for a few more months without putting yourself at risk of anything serious. But if those symptoms showed up, or the spotting pattern doesn’t quit, then you should probably discuss it with an OB-GYN. (Oh, and see the OB-GYN sooner if you have a family history of bleeding problems, cancer, or uterine fibroids!)
And here’s my stupid-yet-important question of the day regarding your symptom: Are you sure the blood is coming from the vagina? Don’t forget there’s 2 other orifices that can mimic spotting in the underwear, and bleeding from the urethra or the rectum should be evaluated ASAP. (I doubt this is the situation for you — just being thorough!)
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