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Abnormal Menstrual Bleeding

NetWellness experts receive many questions about abnormal menstrual bleeding, something with which most women have had some experience.

Variations in Menstrual Bleeding

Commonly reported variations in the menstrual cycle include:

Irregularity is just part of the normal and natural process of menstruation. But sometimes abnormal menstrual bleeding can be a sign of another condition.

Causes of Abnormal Menstrual Bleeding

Irregular vaginal bleeding is a possible sign or symptom of the following:

If you suspect that you are experiencing abnormal menstrual bleeding, contact your healthcare provider to make an appointment. Keep track of when the bleeding started and how heavy/light it was so that you can give accurate and detailed information during your visit.

Most of the time abnormal menstrual bleeding is not indicative of a serious condition, but it is important to visit your healthcare provider to find the source of the problem.

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Last Reviewed: May 20, 2010

Linda A Bernhard, PhD, RN Linda A Bernhard, PhD, RN
Associate Professor Emeritus
College of Nursing
The Ohio State University