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Is Bleeding After Workouts Normal?

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I started working out last week. It's been awhile since I've last exercised...a long while. 

 

Problem is - I've started spotting after my workouts. Yesterday - after a BRUTAL leg workout - I did more than merely spot. I bled as though I was on my period. Which I wasn't. 

 

I kind of freaked out and went to see my doctor today. However, as soon as she got my age (31), she kind of dismissed it - saying that irregular periods were common after 30. Particularly during a heavy workout. 

 

Has this ever happened to anyone else? IS it normal?

 

After I pushed, the doctor ran some blood tests, a pap smear, and did an ultrasound. But I guess I'm looking for a little bit of reassurance. Being told that it's basically normal to start breaking down because I've hit the big 3-0 has kind of bummed me out. 

 

 

 

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I do not bleed from exercise and I think you did the right thing going to the doctor. (Although I have never had what could be considered a regular period without medical intervention either.) That being said, exercise can increase blood flow, which could cause you to start shedding your lining if your body was getting ready to do so already. If I know my TOM is coming I wear appropriate protection for my workouts for this reason. I've had massage trigger the same effect, too.

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no it is not normal. that said, if you lose fat, you could be releasing estrogens, which could be causing that. Having said that, persistent bleeding outside of periods is a good reason to ask for a gyne referral.

 

and I'm not trying to be a scare monger, but I had a major bleed in December (800ml or so)  with no discernable reason. Kept bleeding, Had the same fob off, pressed for a referral, was told it was probably just a fibroid but got referral. Had a hysterectomy 8 weeks ago, was bleeding reasonably frequently throughout, and heavily too in some instances. Got the biopsy results a week ago, 1/20th of the cells in the uterine lining were pre-cancerous. this was my warning sign, my gyne told me that if we were having this discussion 5 years from now the words 'chemo' would have been present.

 

I'm not trying to scare you or say this is you. I'm saying listen to your body and if you think its abbynormal, advocate for yourself and go see a specialist, get a second and even third opinion if you need. Be healthy.

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Same thing happened to me a few years ago when i started a new workout routine. There is a age difference so i don't know if this applies,but when i went to the doc she said it was very common and i shouldn't worry about it. I remember her explaining it wasn't normal bleeding but some kind of waste that gets stuck somewhere on the way but i don't remember the details.

In any case after a while it stopped happening so i say give your body a little time to adjust.

 

Edit: Found this- http://weightloss.answers.com/side-effects/what-does-vaginal-bleeding-after-exercise-mean

 
How Does Exercising Affect Your Hormones?
 
When you exercise vigorously, your body undergoes periods of biological stress. When this happens, your body releases the stress hormone cortisol. Cortisol affects your estrogen levels, which is one of the hormones involved in regulating your menstrual cycle. As a result, you may experience bleeding between periods. This may not always appear after you have exercised. It can appear when you have not been exercising too.
 
Can the Physical Effects of Exercising Cause Abnormal Bleeding?
 
Vigorous exercise should not always produce abnormal vaginal bleeding. However, there are points in your cycle when it can do this. As menstruation ends, blood and your endometrial lining gather around the neck of the cervix. When you exercise, this blood dislodges. The blood that dislodges is different from the bleeding you experience during a normal menstrual cycle. It is dark and brownish in color, rather than red or pink. If the blood is red or pink, it is most likely not being caused by exercise.
How Should You Adapt Your Exercise Routine?
 
If you want to address your exercise routine to improve your menstrual cycle, you can focus on less vigorous exercises. High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) can cause hormonal disruption initially. However, this should dissipate as your body improves to the demands of it. As such, rather than jumping feet first into a stressful plan, you should build up to it gradually. Alternatively, make sure you stretch adequately to minimize vaginal bleeding after exercise. You could also add in yoga to reduce stress hormones further.

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The closest thing I've had happen is after I start working out regularly after not doing so for awhile, or when I'm losing weight, my periods will get lighter and I'll spot between periods. It's never, ever an extreme change though and always balances out after a few weeks.

 

However, directly afterwards, doesn't seem that normal. Perhaps lighten up your workouts and build up your workout length/difficulty more slowly. It may just be your body adjusting; everyone is different! If it keeps happening though, I'd suggest getting a second opinion from a more specialized doctor, perhaps one that specialized in hormone balance.

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I think you have to look at a bigger picture here, too.  I think you SHOULD talk to your doctor about it, but also listen to your body. 

 

I've never had this happen, but my hormones and I had a big fight recently.

 

So some questions to consider:

1.  Are you having a mood swing?

2.  Do you feel sick?

3.  Do you feel the way you normally feel when you DO get your period?

4.  Are you on hormonal birth control?

Basically, this could be a mechanical thing that will level out as your body gets used to the activity, or it could be a wider reaching hormonal change, but I would guess (NOT and expert here) that if it were the latter, then the rest of you might feel different too.  Listen to your body.  If it doesn't feel right, don't let the doctor blow you off.

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Yeah and no.

In this case, your doctor isn't too concernced as there's been a change in circumstances that triggered the bleeding.  Remember that working out can muddle your hormone levels and confuse your body.  It'll normalise again soon.

If you had been working out for a while and suddenly started getting these symptoms then I'd be concerned.

Although, a good doctor would have a quick check just to reassure you.

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Something that I picked up on your post is that you first state that you started exercising within the past two weeks after not exercising in a long time, then you state that you had a BRUTAL leg workout (emphasis yours). Especially noting what cer5de posted, I wonder if you're doing too much, too fast. To go from nothing straight into high intensity may be putting too much stress on your body. Remember that health is a journey, not a sprint, and you're undoing (potentially) years of damage, so if by your own admission you are doing stuff that is brutal, your body bleeding may be a sign of stress. I'd focus on ramping up into intensity, not starting there off the bat, and see how your body responds to that. Develop sustainable habits, so you don't crash and burn/injure yourself.

 

Of course, if you still see the bleeding, as others mentioned, bring it back up to your doctor and get a second opinion. My biggest fear after reading your post is that you've stressed your body out too much too fast, but that doesn't eliminate the possibility that exercise is only exposing another health concern, such as Quill faced.

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I've had it before. Usually after heavy leg/ab workout.

 

Spotting doesn't bother me so much, since I have Hypothyroidism and [dormant] PCOS (with PCOS, I spotted for 9 months straight. that was fun!).However I do note that it hasn't been heavy enough to warrant pads/tampons - if that was the case, I'd definitely see my doctor. 

 

I've had workouts where the next day I thought I was getting it early becuase of cramps - turns out I was just sore. heh -_-"
 

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Trying to revive this thread n hoping for some help. I usually do treadmill and elliptical for a total of 35 mins 3 times a week, but not too intense. I tried out indoor rowing about 10 mins this time. It was 3 days before my period was due. The next day i had a little brown discharge. The day after that i had light spotting and then my period started the day after that right on schedule. I dont usually get cramps. If i do its for a couple of hours and very mild. Didnt get cramps this time but I feel my flow is a bit heavier. Im 31, not on the pill. Any ideas whats going on? Should i try out rowing again or is it risky?

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A few days before a period I wouldn't be worried. Most likely things are already "loose" and the mechanics are helping push some through. I sometimes think I finish my period and the pressure for exercising will push some more out.

 

Are you making sure to protect your pelvic floor? Doing kegals, etc? My pelvic floor is jacked up and I bleed like crazy sometimes due to it.

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Thank you for talking about this!  I have had the same experience, probably due to heavy planking without buildup.  Otherwise I feel great - no fever, no cramps, just spotting.  As far as I can tell everything says the same.  I'm watching it and will get to the doctor if if doesn't stop.

 

I did notice that it doesn't happen after the days that I take it easy.

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Hey, ok... So... I just started working out... After day 1 I was tired and all... Day 2 I was asked to come in again else it'd be difficult for me the next time.. So I went... And now seems my period is like 2 weeks early... Is this normal? 

First time, I'm officially working out, and I think I might be pushing too hard, but still... I'm freaking out.. Should I stop or is this normal so I should continue?? 

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This is an interesting topic. I've been off the wagon for 6 months. I started eating better and working out for a month. After one hard workout I started spotting brown clotting blood (the first day was painful) on and off Until my regular period. It's unnerving. ( I maintained my workouts). I'm only seeing the doctor because of the duration of time and if you Google this a whole bunch of bad stuff comes up. If you have insurance a pelvic ultrasound is around $900, and most insurances will at least cover most of it. Get one and blood hormone test and a Pap smear if it happens after a month or so. Early detection for all gyn stuff is best.

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So i started exercising for the first time like ever because im 18 and finding i need to take action of helping my body lose weight as im becoming an adult now and my body doesn't stay slim like it used to. Ive got my own Workout of Crunches and ab twists and also full body fat workouts but i have found that i am bleeding the day after and only for that one day then it stops. The worry i am having is i dont get periods as i have stopped them completely by the doctor prescribing me with the constant prescription of the pill where I have no breaks with it.

 

I am also testing it out before i go to the doctors about it so I'm going to stop exercise for 2 weeks and then start exercise again and if i bleed i will take it to the doctors as i feel like because im on the pill I shouldn't be bleeding at all.

 

Edit ~ i wont bleed for the entirety of the one day it will just be like an overnight bleed and that it

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3 hours ago, Jody_Adele said:

So i started exercising for the first time like ever because im 18 and finding i need to take action of helping my body lose weight as im becoming an adult now and my body doesn't stay slim like it used to. Ive got my own Workout of Crunches and ab twists and also full body fat workouts but i have found that i am bleeding the day after and only for that one day then it stops. The worry i am having is i dont get periods as i have stopped them completely by the doctor prescribing me with the constant prescription of the pill where I have no breaks with it.

 

I am also testing it out before i go to the doctors about it so I'm going to stop exercise for 2 weeks and then start exercise again and if i bleed i will take it to the doctors as i feel like because im on the pill I shouldn't be bleeding at all.

 

Edit ~ i wont bleed for the entirety of the one day it will just be like an overnight bleed and that it


Hey there. You can definitely get breakthrough bleeding/spotting on the pill if you take it continuously. But the fact that it happens after exercise is a little perplexing. Then again, how often do you exercise? If you exercise a few times a week, it could be a coincidence. It doesn't sound too urgent, but I would certainly mention it to your doctor next time you see them. 
 

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