Vaginal Bleeding: Symptoms & Signs

Medically Reviewed on 9/10/2019

Normal vaginal bleeding is the periodic blood that flows as a discharge from the woman's uterus as a result of normal cyclic hormonal changes each month. 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 an unusual time during the month or in inappropriate amounts.

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 Nonprescription)
  • 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)

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/10/2019

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