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Severe Vaginal Bleeding


Severe Vaginal Bleeding

When reviewing the following guidelines, take into account how heavy your normal menstrual flow is. Abnormal vaginal bleeding varies depending on what is normal for a particular woman.

  • Severe bleeding: You are passing clots of blood and soaking through your usual pads or tampons every hour for 2 or more hours.
  • Moderate bleeding: You soak more than 1 pad or tampon in 3 hours.
  • Mild bleeding: You soak less than 1 pad or tampon in more than 3 hours.
  • Minimal bleeding: You have "spotting" or just a few drops of blood from the vagina.
Note:

Vaginal bleeding refers to bleeding from inside the vagina, not from a cut or scrape near the vagina.

For most women, soaking more than 2 maxi pads, super pads, or super tampons in 2 hours is not normal and is severe bleeding. This is more serious if you have the following symptoms:

  • New lightheadedness or feeling as if you may pass out
  • Lightheadedness or fainting when you change position
  • Passage of several blood clots that are larger than a quarter

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ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerH. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
Last RevisedJune 20, 2011

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