Abnormal Vaginal Bleeding

Abnormal vaginal bleeding means bleeding from the vagina that is not your normal menstrual period. Bleeding may be heavy or light. It may last for days or come and go. There are many problems that may cause this.


  • Keep track of your periods on a calendar if they are not regular.

  • Write down:

  • How often pads or tampons are changed.

  • The size and number of clots, if there are any.

  • A change in the color of the blood.

  • A change in the amount of blood.

  • Any smell.

  • The time and strength of cramps or pain.

  • Limit activity as told.

  • Eat a healthy diet.

  • Do not have sex (intercourse) until your doctor says it is okay.

  • Never have unprotected sex unless you are trying to get pregnant.

  • Only take medicine as told by your doctor.


  • You get dizzy or feel faint when standing up.

  • You have to change pads or tampons more than once an hour.

  • You feel a sudden change in your pain.

  • You start bleeding heavily.

  • You develop a fever.


  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

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