Vaginal Bleeding

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Normal vaginal bleeding is the periodic blood that flows as a discharge from the woman's uterus. Normal vaginal bleeding is also called menorrhea. The process by which menorrhea occurs is called menstruation.

Abnormal vaginal bleeding is a flow of blood from the vagina that occurs either at the wrong time during the month or in inappropriate amounts.

Patients may experience the related symptoms of Vaginal Discharge, Vaginal Dryness, and/or Vaginal Itching.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/23/2012

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REFERENCE:

Fauci, Anthony S., et al. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine. 17th ed. United States: McGraw-Hill Professional, 2008.

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Other Causes of Vaginal Bleeding
  • Cervix-related (Cervicitis, Cervical Polyp)
  • Medical Illnesses (Clotting Disorders, Hyperprolactinemia, Kidney Disease, Liver Disease, Thyroid or Adrenal Dysfunction)
  • Medications (both Prescription and Non-prescription)
  • Ovary or Fallopian Tube-related (Ovarian Tumors, Salpingo-oophoritis)
  • Uterus-related (Adenomyosis, Endometrial Hyperplasia, Endometrial Polyp, Endometritis, Fibroids, Intrauterine Device/IUD)
  • Vulvar or Vaginal-related (Coitus, Foreign Body in Vagina, Vaginal Tumor, Vulvitis)
Examples of Medications for Vaginal Bleeding
  • Birth Control Pills (Oral Contraceptives)
  • conjugated equine estrogens and medroxyprogesterone acetate, Prempro, Premphase
  • esterified estrogens, Estratab (discontinued); Menest
  • estrogens conjugated, Premarin
  • estropipate, Ogen




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