Abnormal Uterine Bleeding

ExitCare ImageAbnormal uterine bleeding can affect women at various stages in life, including teenagers, women in their reproductive years, pregnant women, and women who have reached menopause. Several kinds of uterine bleeding are considered abnormal, including:

  • Bleeding or spotting between periods.  

  • Bleeding after sexual intercourse.  

  • Bleeding that is heavier or more than normal.  

  • Periods that last longer than usual.

  • Bleeding after menopause.  

Many cases of abnormal uterine bleeding are minor and simple to treat, while others are more serious. Any type of abnormal bleeding should be evaluated by your health care provider. Treatment will depend on the cause of the bleeding.

HOME CARE INSTRUCTIONS

Monitor your condition for any changes. The following actions may help to alleviate any discomfort you are experiencing:

  • Avoid the use of tampons and douches as directed by your health care provider.

  • Change your pads frequently.

You should get regular pelvic exams and Pap tests. Keep all follow-up appointments for diagnostic tests as directed by your health care provider.

SEEK MEDICAL CARE IF:

  • Your bleeding lasts more than 1 week.  

  • You feel dizzy at times.  

SEEK IMMEDIATE MEDICAL CARE IF:

  • You pass out.  

  • You are changing pads every 15 to 30 minutes.  

  • You have abdominal pain.

  • You have a fever.  

  • You become sweaty or weak.  

  • You are passing large blood clots from the vagina.  

  • You start to feel nauseous and vomit.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.