Abnormal vaginal bleeding

Abnormal vaginal bleeding varies, depending on what is normal for a particular woman.

Vaginal bleeding is considered to be abnormal if it occurs:

  • When you are not expecting your menstrual period.
  • After sex.
  • When your menstrual flow is lighter or heavier than is normal for you.
  • At an unexpected time of life, such as before age 10 or after menopause.

Note:

Vaginal bleeding refers to bleeding coming from inside the vagina, not from a cut or scrape on the outside of the vagina (vulvar skin).

Last Updated: June 3, 2009

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