Q: Hello Dr., I wish to ask why some women menstruate during pregnancy
A: People do not menstruate when pregnant. Remember that menstruation happens when fertilization of eggs released during ovulation by sperm does not occur. And so, if fertilization and pregnancy occur, menstruation is ruled out.
Bleeding can occur in early pregnancy though, close to or about the same time as the menstruation would and thus be mistaken for a period. This bleeding could be due to implantation as the fertilized egg implants itself in the uterus (womb). Other causes of bleeding in early pregnancy include ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage and infections.
Bleeding in pregnancy may not necessarily be an emergency but because there are other causes of these episodes of bleeding, which are potentially life threatening like ectopic pregnancy, bleeding in pregnancy should always be checked out in the hospital. Better safe than sorry J
By the way, did you catch the news that Ebola has reared its ugly head again in Democratic republic of Congo? If you live there, don’t forget how we all beat the disease last time. Hygiene! Hygiene! And more hygiene! If you do not live in DRC, the same rules of hygiene apply to you. Remember that last time, it was from one place that it spread to other places. So, when you keep yourself safe, you keep others safe by extension!
Have a fabulous weekend y’all 😀