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Abnormal Vaginal Bleeding Treatment

Medically Reviewed by Nivin Todd, MD on January 14, 2020

Call 911 if you are NOT pregnant and have abnormal vaginal bleeding with:

If you are pregnant, see Bleeding During Pregnancy Treatment.

1. See a Health Care Provider

  • Call for an appointment with a health care provider. While many causes are minor, others can be serious.

2. Monitor Symptoms

  • Keep track of your menstrual cycle to report symptoms to a doctor. On a calendar, take note of the dates and length and amount of bleeding (light, medium, heavy, or spotting).

3. Follow Up

  • The health care provider will ask about your menstrual cycle and health history and do an exam to find the cause of the abnormal bleeding.
  • Uterine fibroids, hormonal imbalances, medications, polycystic ovary syndrome, gynecological cancers, and sexually transmitted infections are some causes of abnormal vaginal bleeding.
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Sources

SOURCES:

Lee S. Benjamin, MD, spokesperson, American College of Emergency Medicine; associate program director of emergency medicine, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C.

American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: "Abnormal Uterine Bleeding."

Cleveland Clinic: "General Gynecology: Reasons for Problem Bleeding."

Merck Manuals: "Dysfunctional Uterine Bleeding."

Vaginal Bleeding Information from eMedicineHealth.

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