Any woman who has ever experienced bleeding after exercise or in some cases spotting after exercise, is surely to be alarmed. And with good reason.
In general, it’s not normal. But in some situations it’s perfectly fine and nothing to worry about.
In this article, we discuss something that’s medical in nature. And because we’re not physicians we want to advise you to always err on the side of caution.
If you feel or experience anything unusual or concerning like bleeding after working out, a visit to the doctor’s office is always a good idea. In fact, it is something we recommend.
At the very least, you get peace mind.
That said, here’s why this occurrence happens after physical activity.
Vaginal Bleeding After Exercise
For some women, experiencing vaginal bleeding after doing strenuous activities is normal.
Of course experiencing any bleeding at all is always a concern as it may mean there are things going on with your body that need to be addressed properly.
Vaginal bleeding can be caused by hormone imbalances, pregnancy and problems with one’s reproductive organs.
In some cases, it can be even more serious including diabetes, liver problems, lupus, cysts in one’s ovaries or cancer.
For this reason, it’s always important to observe any bleeding from the vaginal area that’s not normal.
Spotting After Exercise
When changing anything with your diet or working out much harder than before, the body is not use to the changes being made. It needs to make adjustments.
In some women, this may result in slight spotting. This causes blood from the endometrial lining in the uterus to come out.
In between cycles, if there is any irregular bleeding, it is vital to pay attention to color and amount. The color should be a brown looking tint, not bright red like a regular flow. There should also only be a small amount, and not a big mess like a regular menstrual cycle.
Any time you change your regular exercise routine to something that’s more vigorous, involves higher intensity levels or strenuous, then there is sometimes that chance of blood spotting happening.
If the spotting continues, but is still only brown in color and a small amount, then you may need to decide to back off of pushing the body so hard and give it a rest.
When to See a Doctor
However, a doctor should be contacted and consulted with if the color changes to a deep red. Or, if the amount changes to something that’s heavier, like what it is on a regular period day.
If you are pregnant and bleeding occurs, then immediately contact your OBGYN because anything could have happened to the baby. It is always important to report any type of bleeding when pregnant, especially after having a hard workout.
If spotting blood happens very often, contacting your doctor for their opinion is a good idea. There may be something more concerning going on. And it’s better to be safe than sorry.
As mentioned earlier, any strenuous activity can cause spotting. But if this keeps happening regularly after your workouts then you may need to yet again slow down and cut back on the type of exercise being done.
If you are pregnant and bleeding occurs, but your OBGYN is not very helpful, then definitely get a second opinion. On that hand, doing very vigorous exercise while pregnant isn’t something that’s often recommended. If you do choose to do so, please consult your OBGYN before starting any routine.
Remember, go slow in the beginning. This is especially true for working out. The gradual increase in intensity gives your body time to adjust. Our bodies aren’t too fragile but suddenly overloading it with something it isn’t equipped to handle can cause it to malfunction a bit.
Overall, any time bleeding occurs it should never go ignored. Always be concerned when your body is trying to tell you to slow down or get help, never ignore how you feel.
Also, some bleeding could mean other things that are medically related. So, always be sure to keep an eye open to what your body is doing. This is especially true for heavy flow bleeding or even lightly spotting.
Do not feel embarrassed to go to a doctor and mention what is happening. The doctor can give you the answers you need on why this is occurring and what you need to do to make sure it does not happen again. Spotting after exercise is a normal thing for some women but always worry about seeing blood from the body when it is not due to be there.