Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Overview Anatomy

Vaginal Bleeding Overview

What is vaginal bleeding?
A female child starts menstrual periods usually between 11 and 12 years old. Normal menstrual bleeding lasts 3 to 5 days and occurs about every 28 days. Most women lose less than one cup of blood during a normal menstrual period. Menstrual periods occur due to changes in hormones. A small change in hormones can cause periods to become abnormal. A woman with abnormal vaginal bleeding may have heavy menstrual bleeding, irregular menstrual periods, painful menstrual periods, or vaginal bleeding after menopause.

What are the symptoms of vaginal bleeding?
Symptoms that may occur with vaginal bleeding include lower abdominal pain, vaginal discharge, vaginal pain, and faintness. Persistent or heavy vaginal bleeding may result in symptoms of anemia.

How does the doctor treat vaginal bleeding?
The treatment for vaginal bleeding depends on the cause and the age of the patient. Treatment for vaginal bleeding may include hormone therapy, dilation and curettage, or hysterectomy.

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Last Updated: Aug 23, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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