What Causes Bleeding Between Periods?
Bleeding between periods can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'troubling' to 'generally fatal'. Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.
Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms. In order to diagnose bleeding between periods, we could:
- Research the topic
- Find a doctor with the time
- Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.
Step 1: List all Possible Causes
We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "bleeding between periods" as a symptom. Here are eight possibilities (more below
- Ovarian Cancer
- Ovarian Cysts
- Adrenal Fatigue
- Endometrial Hyperplasia
- Low Progesterone
Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist
We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
hyperthyroidism in family members
poor concentration during cycle
right lower abdominal ache
history of sinusitis
having non-scalp scaly/flaky skin
hot flashes during & after period
occasional painful urge to defecate
... and more than 140 others
Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause
A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of bleeding between periods:
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process
Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis
is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.
Do you have bleeding between periods?
→ Don't know
→ Occasionally / moderately
→ Often / severely
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate either absence of bleeding between periods or bleeding between periods, The Analyst™
will consider possibilities such as:
Prolonged and/or heavy periods are a sign of hypothyroidism.