Vaginal Bleeding

Also called: Dysfunctional Uterine Bleeding, Uterine Bleeding

Menstruation, or period, is a woman's monthly bleeding.Abnormal vaginal bleeding is different from normal menstrual periods. It could be bleeding that is between periods, is very heavy, or lasts much longer than usual. It also includes bleeding that happens before puberty or after menopause. Causes can include

Bleeding during pregnancy can have several different causes. It is not always serious, but to be safe you should contact your health care provider right away.

Pelvic exams, blood tests, imaging tests, and other procedures can help your health care provider diagnose the problem. Treatment depends on the cause. Treatments may include medicines, hormones, and surgery.

Symptoms of Vaginal Bleeding

The following features are indicative of Vaginal Bleeding:
  • spotting of small amounts of blood between periods
  • heavy periods

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Common Causes of Vaginal Bleeding

The following are the most common causes of Vaginal Bleeding:
  • uterine fibroids or polyps growth
  • hormone problems
  • use of birth control pills
  • hormone replacement therapy
  • cervix cancer
  • ovaries cancer
  • uterus cancer
  • vagina cancer
  • thyroid problems

Risk Factors for Vaginal Bleeding

The following factors may increase the likelihood of Vaginal Bleeding:
  • teenage age
  • women starting birth control pills
  • women nearing menopause

Prevention of Vaginal Bleeding

Yes, it may be possible to prevent Vaginal Bleeding.

Occurrence of Vaginal Bleeding

Number of Cases

The following are the number of Vaginal Bleeding cases seen each year worldwide:
  • Very common > 10 Million cases

Common Age Group

Vaginal Bleeding most commonly occurs in the following age group:
  • Aged between 35-50 years

Common Gender

Vaginal Bleeding most commonly occurs in the following gender:
  • Female

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Vaginal Bleeding

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Vaginal Bleeding:
  • Physical examination: To visualize the cervix
  • Complete Blood Count: To check for anemia
  • Hysteroscopy: To investigate about abnormal endometrium

Doctor for Diagnosis of Vaginal Bleeding

Patients should visit the following specialists if they have symptoms of Vaginal Bleeding:
  • Obstetrician
  • Gynecologist

Complications of Vaginal Bleeding if untreated

Yes, Vaginal Bleeding causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Vaginal Bleeding is left untreated:
  • ectopic pregnancy
  • postpartum hemorrhage
  • iron deficiency anemia

Self-care for Vaginal Bleeding

The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Vaginal Bleeding:
  • Use heating pad: Apply heating pad to lower belly area to relieve menstrual pain
  • Follow healthy diet: Eat light but frequent meals
  • Exercise regularly: Walk or exercise regularly
  • Lose extra kilos: Lose weight if you are overweight

Alternative Medicine for Treatment of Vaginal Bleeding

The following alternate medicine and therapies are known to help in the treatment or management of Vaginal Bleeding:
  • Do meditation: Helps relaxing and relieves stress
  • Do yoga: Helps relieving pain
  • Acupuncture: Helps relieving menstrual cramps
  • Acupressure: Helps relieving menstrual cramps

Patient Support for Treatment of Vaginal Bleeding

The following actions may help Vaginal Bleeding patients:
  • Talk early and often: Talk to your daughter about the changes she can expect in her body

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Last updated date

This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
This page provides information for Vaginal Bleeding.

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