Symptoms and Signs of Abnormal Vaginal Bleeding

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Medically Reviewed on 11/4/2021

Doctor's Notes on Abnormal Vaginal Bleeding

Vaginal bleeding is any bleeding from the vagina; typically, the term is used to refer to bleeding that is not a result of the normal menstrual cycle. Vaginal bleeding can have many causes, including hormonal disorders, benign or malignant tumors, blood clotting disorders, certain medications, and infections. In pregnant women, vaginal bleeding can be a sign of premature labor or other abnormalities, depending on the stage of the pregnancy.

Signs and symptoms associated with vaginal bleeding depend on the cause and may include:

Other symptoms can include:

  • vaginal pain,
  • vaginal dryness,
  • irregular menstrual periods, or
  • excessively heavy menstrual bleeding.

What Is the Treatment for Abnormal Vaginal Bleeding?

Treatment for abnormal vaginal bleeding depends on the underlying cause and severity of the bleeding and may include:

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