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False periods: what they are, why they occur and how to act

false menstruation

False periods are so called because they occur outside the normal menstrual cycle. Let's find out more about them and try to understand why they arise.

We speak of false menstruation when there is blood loss outside the menstrual cycle. This can happen for various reasons, among which there are both pregnancy and possible pathologies that it is always better to investigate. In any case, it is a phenomenon that occurs mostly in childbearing age and which in most cases should not cause any concern.
That said, checking for possible causes is crucial to taking better care of your health.

Why False Menstruation Occurs

Let's start by saying that the term "false menstruation" is not used by doctors but is useful for most women to understand what we are talking about.
As it is easy to understand, in fact, these are losses that occur outside the days of the cycle .

false menstruation
false menstruation

Obviously, before considering them as such, it is important to verify that it is not a late or early cycle. In that case, in fact, it would no longer be a question of false menstruation but of a menstrual cycle out of time and which in any case requires adequate controls.

To recognize them, just think that, as already mentioned, they tend to occur outside the cycle and that in most cases they have a different duration and appearance from the classic menses.
In fact, these are losses that can be of different colors (lighter or darker than normal) and which usually have a shorter duration.
Going, however, to the reasons why they can occur , there are:

– Implantation losses (due to early pregnancy)
– Pre menopause
– Spotting, or the losses that occur during ovulation
– Hormonal swings
– Gynecological problems

If in the first two cases the situation can be considered physiological (actually it would be better to investigate spotting as well), the other cases certainly require supervision by a specialist . In some cases, in fact, the losses that occur outside the cycle can be an alarm bell. In fact, there may be ovarian cysts, fibroids, polyps or, in rarer cases, tumors at the base. All situations which, as it is easy to imagine, absolutely must be taken as soon as possible in order to be able to resolve them quickly.

In most cases, false periods occur without warning and without any symptoms. Sometimes, however, it can happen to feel a sense of heaviness in the abdomen or to have cramps.

What to do if you leak out of cycle

If you are faced with suspicious losses, the first thing to do is certainly to contact your gynecologist. After a visit, usually with pelvic or transvaginal ultrasound , he will be able to make the diagnosis, or prescribe control blood tests.
Obviously, if you have intercourse, it is always good to also get a pregnancy test in order to understand whether or not it is implantation losses.

Once he has learned what the trigger is, the doctor will prepare a cure (if needed), to be implemented and which will depend only on the symptoms. It is important to remember that false menstruation should not be confused with the white discharge or yellow discharge that occurs during pregnancy and which once again deserves further discussion with your doctor.

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