Abnormal Vaginal Bleeding

Abnormal vaginal bleeding is unexpected bleeding from the inside of the vagina. What is considered abnormal varies, depending on what is normal for a particular woman.

Examples of abnormal vaginal bleeding include bleeding:

  • When a woman isn't expecting her menstrual period.
  • After sex.
  • When a woman's menstrual flow is lighter or heavier than is normal for her.
  • At an unexpected time of life, such as before age 10 or after menopause.

Is it an emergency?

If you or someone in your care has chest pains, difficulty breathing, or severe bleeding, it could be a life-threatening emergency. Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number immediately.
If you are concerned about a possible poisoning or exposure to a toxic substance, call Poison Control now at 1-800-567-8911.

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