Vaginal or uterine bleeding - overview

Irregular menstruation; Heavy, prolonged, or irregular periods; Menorrhagia; Polymenorrhea; Metrorrhagia and other menstrual conditions; Abnormal menstrual periods; Abnormal vaginal bleeding

Vaginal bleeding normally occurs during a woman's menstrual cycle, when she gets her period. Every woman's period is different.

  • Most women have cycles between 24 and 34 days apart. It usually lasts 4 to 7 days.
  • Young girls may get their periods anywhere from 21 to 45 days or more apart.
  • Women in their 40s will often notice their period occurring less often.

Many women have abnormal bleeding between their periods at some point in their lives. Abnormal bleeding occurs when you have:

  • Heavier bleeding than usual
  • Bleeding for more days than normal (menorrhagia)
  • Spotting or bleeding between periods
  • Bleeding after sex
  • Bleeding after menopause
  • Bleeding while pregnant
  • Bleeding before age 9
  • Menstrual cycles longer than 35 days or shorter than 21 days
  • No period for 3 to 6 months (amenorrhea)

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