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.
WebMD Medical Reference



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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