Why am I bleeding after douching

Are you having any abnormal vaginal bleeding?

Bleeding is abnormal if it occurs at a time when you aren't expecting it or if it's a lot heavier or lighter than what you are used to.

Yes

Abnormal vaginal bleeding

No

Abnormal vaginal bleeding

How old are you?

11 years or younger

11 years or younger

12 to 55 years

12 to 55 years

56 years or older

56 years or older

Are you male or female?

Are you pregnant?

Yes, you know that you're pregnant.

Pregnancy

No, you're not pregnant, or you're not sure if you're pregnant.

Pregnancy

Have you been skipping periods or bleeding a lot less than usual?

Yes

Periods are absent or lighter than usual

No

Periods are absent or lighter than usual

Has vaginal bleeding started before age 9?

Yes

Vaginal bleeding started before age 9

No

Vaginal bleeding started before age 9

Do you feel lightheaded or dizzy, like you are going to faint?

It's normal for some people to feel a little lightheaded when they first stand up. But anything more than that may be serious.

Do you have new pain in your lower belly, pelvis, or genital area that is different than your usual menstrual cramps?

Yes

Lower abdominal, pelvic, or genital pain

No

Lower abdominal, pelvic, or genital pain

How bad is the pain on a scale of 0 to 10, if 0 is no pain and 10 is the worst pain you can imagine?

8 to 10: Severe pain

Severe pain

5 to 7: Moderate pain

Moderate pain

1 to 4: Mild pain

Mild pain

Has this amount of bleeding been going on for 4 hours or longer?

Yes

Bleeding 4 hours or more

No

Bleeding 4 hours or more

Are you bleeding now?

Is the bleeding happening at an expected time during your menstrual cycle?

Yes

Bleeding is at expected time during menstrual cycle

No

Bleeding is at expected time during menstrual cycle

Do you think that the symptoms may have been caused by sexual abuse?

Yes

Possible sexual abuse

Have you been bleeding for more than 2 weeks without stopping?

Yes

Bleeding for more than 2 weeks without stopping

No

Bleeding for more than 2 weeks without stopping

Do you think you may have a fever?

Do you have a rash that looks like a sunburn?

Do you have any bleeding after intercourse or douching?

Yes

Vaginal bleeding after intercourse or douching

No

Vaginal bleeding after intercourse or douching

Do you think that a medicine may be causing the bleeding?

Think about whether the bleeding started after you began using a new medicine or a higher dose of a medicine.

Yes

Medicine may be causing vaginal bleeding

No

Medicine may be causing vaginal bleeding

Do you use a form of birth control that contains hormones?

This could be birth control pills, implants, vaginal rings, skin patches, injections, or an IUD that contains hormones.

Yes

Hormonal birth control method

No

Hormonal birth control method

If your periods have stopped because of menopause, has it been at least 6 months since your last one?

Yes

In menopause and 6 months since last period

No

In menopause and 6 months since last period

Are you taking hormone replacement therapy, such as estrogen or progestin?

Hormones can cause changes in your normal bleeding patterns, especially when you first start taking them.

Yes

Hormone replacement therapy

No

Hormone replacement therapy

Have you had abnormal bleeding for at least 2 cycles or more than once a month?

Yes

Bleeding has occurred for at least 2 cycles or more than once per month

No

Bleeding has occurred for at least 2 cycles or more than once per month

Have your symptoms lasted longer than 2 weeks?

Yes

Symptoms for more than 2 weeks

No

Symptoms for more than 2 weeks

Many things can affect how your body responds to a symptom and what kind of care you may need. These include:

  • Your age. Babies and older adults tend to get sicker quicker.
  • Your overall health. If you have a condition such as diabetes, HIV, cancer, or heart disease, you may need to pay closer attention to certain symptoms and seek care sooner.
  • Medicines you take. Certain medicines, herbal remedies, and supplements can cause symptoms or make them worse.
  • Recent health events, such as surgery or injury. These kinds of events can cause symptoms afterwards or make them more serious.
  • Your health habits and lifestyle, such as eating and exercise habits, smoking, alcohol or drug use, sexual history, and travel.

Try Home Treatment

You have answered all the questions. Based on your answers, you may be able to take care of this problem at home.

  • Try home treatment to relieve the symptoms.
  • Call your doctor if symptoms get worse or you have any concerns (for example, if symptoms are not getting better as you would expect). You may need care sooner.

Severe vaginal bleeding means that you are soaking 1 or 2 pads or tampons in 1 or 2 hours, unless that is normal for you. For most women, passing clots of blood from the vagina and soaking through their usual pads or tampons every hour for 2 or more hours is not normal and is considered severe. If you are pregnant: You may have a gush of blood or pass a clot, but if the bleeding stops, it is not considered severe.

Moderate bleeding means that you are soaking more than 1 pad or tampon in 3 hours.

Mild bleeding means that you are soaking less than 1 pad or tampon in more than 3 hours.

Minimal vaginal bleeding means "spotting" or a few drops of blood.

Many prescription and nonprescription medicines can cause changes in vaginal bleeding. A few examples are:

  • Aspirin and other medicines (called blood thinners) that prevent blood clots.
  • Corticosteroids, such as prednisone.
  • Hormone therapy.
  • Thyroid medicines.

Pain in adults and older children

  • Severe pain (8 to 10): The pain is so bad that you can't stand it for more than a few hours, can't sleep, and can't do anything else except focus on the pain.
  • Moderate pain (5 to 7): The pain is bad enough to disrupt your normal activities and your sleep, but you can tolerate it for hours or days. Moderate can also mean pain that comes and goes even if it's severe when it's there.
  • Mild pain (1 to 4): You notice the pain, but it is not bad enough to disrupt your sleep or activities.

Shock is a life-threatening condition that may quickly occur after a sudden illness or injury.

Symptoms of shock (most of which will be present) include:

  • Passing out (losing consciousness).
  • Feeling very dizzy or lightheaded, like you may pass out.
  • Feeling very weak or having trouble standing.
  • Not feeling alert or able to think clearly. You may be confused, restless, fearful, or unable to respond to questions.

Seek Care Now

Based on your answers, you may need care right away. The problem is likely to get worse without medical care.

  • Call your doctor now to discuss the symptoms and arrange for care.
  • If you cannot reach your doctor or you don't have one, seek care in the next hour.
  • You do not need to call an ambulance unless:
    • You cannot travel safely either by driving yourself or by having someone else drive you.
    • You are in an area where heavy traffic or other problems may slow you down.

Seek Care Today

Based on your answers, you may need care soon. The problem probably will not get better without medical care.

  • Call your doctor today to discuss the symptoms and arrange for care.
  • If you cannot reach your doctor or you don't have one, seek care today.
  • If it is evening, watch the symptoms and seek care in the morning.
  • If the symptoms get worse, seek care sooner.

Make an Appointment

Based on your answers, the problem may not improve without medical care.

  • Make an appointment to see your doctor in the next 1 to 2 weeks.
  • If appropriate, try home treatment while you are waiting for the appointment.
  • If symptoms get worse or you have any concerns, call your doctor. You may need care sooner.

Call 911 Now

Based on your answers, you need emergency care.

Call911or other emergency services now.

Pregnancy-Related Problems

Missed or Irregular Periods