Spotting During Fertility Treatment — Doesn’t Necessarily Mean Bad News
One of the most frequent patient calls during fertility treatments is unexpected vaginal bleeding. This brings out the worst fears, especially in fertility patients. Fortunately, in most cases, an easy explanation can be found which doesn’t have to be bad news. After an embryo transfer or intrauterine insemination (IUI), some of the possible causes might include:
- Implantation Bleeding: Some of our patients experience light bleeding after a blastocyst transfer. According to Dr. Kettel, light bleeding may occur, when the blastocyst implants in the uterus wall. This is perfectly normal.
- Bleeding after Intercourse or Exercise: Sometimes sexual or other strenuous physical activity may irritate the cervix and causing light spotting.
- Fibroids and Polyps: Many women develop these growths in the uterus or cervix. They are often non-cancerous, but can cause bleeding at any time in the cycle, or in early pregnancy. Often times, an ultrasound can confirm that the pregnancy is developing just fine.
- Infection: A bacterial infection of the cervix and cause occasional bleeding. It is harmless and can be cured with antibiotics.
If you experience spotting during your treatment cycle, don’t panic! For your peace of mind, call our office and we’ll take care of you.