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.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/23/2012

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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)
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  • 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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