Severe vaginal bleeding

Heavy vaginal bleeding varies depending on what is normal for a particular woman. For most women, passing clots of blood from the vagina and soaking through their usual pads or tampons every hour for 2 or more hours is not normal and is considered to be severe bleeding.

Note:

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

Last Updated: July 2, 2009

Author: Jan Nissl, RN, BS

Medical Review: Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Martin Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Deborah A. Penava, BA, MD, FRCSC, MPH - Obstetrics and Gynecology & William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine

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