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    Abnormal Vaginal Bleeding

    Abnormal Vaginal Bleeding

    Abnormal vaginal bleeding is unexpected bleeding from the inside of the vagina. What is considered abnormal varies, depending on what is normal for a particular woman.

    Examples of abnormal vaginal bleeding include bleeding:

    • When a woman isn't expecting her menstrual period.
    • After sex.
    • When a woman's menstrual flow is lighter or heavier than is normal for her.
    • At an unexpected time of life, such as before age 10 or after menopause.

    Current as of: October 13, 2016

    Author: Healthwise Staff

    Medical Review: Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine

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