Inter-period blood spotting - Definition

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Inter-period blood spotting in women is given the medical name of metrorrhagia. The secreted blood can vary between red, blackish in color, with or without clots. Many cases of metrorrhagia are secondary to benign causes, including fibromas, polyps, coagulopathy, or anomalies in the endometrium, called adenomyosis. Some, however, can be caused by malignant tumors. If presented during pregnancy, it is important to consult a doctor, as this could indicate a problem with the pregnancy, such as a beginning miscarriage, an ectopic pregnancy, or two serious conditions if noted late in pregnancy: placental abruption or placenta praevia.