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.


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

related physicians

related services

Bon Secours International| Sisters of Bon Secours USA| Bon Secours Health System

This information does not replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any warranty or liability for your use of this information. Your use of this information means that you agree to the Terms of Use. Privacy Policy. How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.

© 1995-2010 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.