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What causes irregular and frequent vaginal bleeding?

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Posted on Tue, 19 May 2015
Question: I have had 3 menstrual periods in the last 5 weeks. They have been heavy. I also have been having a lot of foot cramps. Could these be linked? What could be the issue?
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Answered by Dr. Deepti Verma (42 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Hormonal disturbances likely

Detailed Answer:
Hi XXXXX,

I have gone through your question and understand your concerns.

Having irregular and frequent bleeding per vaginum can be due to hormonal disturbances, which are quite common in perimenopausal age group( usually from 45-52 years), and is known as dysfunctional uterine bleeding.

However, other causes like local lesions in cervix, vagina, or uterus could also be the cause. In your age group, cervical carcinoma and uterine carcinoma should also be ruled out as they also have the symptoms of irregular bleeding.

Foot cramps is most probably not related to irregular bleeding. It can be due to sodium disturbances which is common in summers due to excessive sweating and poor fluid intake.

The drug flexiril you are taking is a muscle relaxant and has no effect on menstrual cycle.
I would suggest you to consult an OBGYN specialist to get properly examined, investigated( ultrasound, pap smear and endometrial biopsy) and treated accordingly.
For foot cramps, increase intake of salted water or oral rehydration solution. If not relieved, then do consult a physician.

Hope you found the answer helpful. Please do get back for further queries.
Wishing you good health.
Regards,
Dr Deepti Verma
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What causes irregular and frequent vaginal bleeding?

Brief Answer: Hormonal disturbances likely Detailed Answer: Hi XXXXX, I have gone through your question and understand your concerns. Having irregular and frequent bleeding per vaginum can be due to hormonal disturbances, which are quite common in perimenopausal age group( usually from 45-52 years), and is known as dysfunctional uterine bleeding. However, other causes like local lesions in cervix, vagina, or uterus could also be the cause. In your age group, cervical carcinoma and uterine carcinoma should also be ruled out as they also have the symptoms of irregular bleeding. Foot cramps is most probably not related to irregular bleeding. It can be due to sodium disturbances which is common in summers due to excessive sweating and poor fluid intake. The drug flexiril you are taking is a muscle relaxant and has no effect on menstrual cycle. I would suggest you to consult an OBGYN specialist to get properly examined, investigated( ultrasound, pap smear and endometrial biopsy) and treated accordingly. For foot cramps, increase intake of salted water or oral rehydration solution. If not relieved, then do consult a physician. Hope you found the answer helpful. Please do get back for further queries. Wishing you good health. Regards, Dr Deepti Verma