Abnormal vaginal bleeding AVB in women of reproductive age is a common reason for consulting a general practitioner. Nevertheless, how general practitioners GPs choose to initially manage AVB is largely unknown, as is the prevalence of underlying pathology of AVB in primary care. To investigate the initial diagnostic procedures and treatment for AVB used in general practice, we performed a descriptive study based on computerised medical records.
Vaginal bleeding between periods is not usually a cause for concern. If the blood flow is light, it is called 'spotting. Bleeding between periods refers to any bleeding that occurs after the period ends, or before the period is due to begin.
Abnormal uterine bleeding is any heavy or unusual bleeding from the uterus through your vagina. It can occur at any time during your monthly cycle, including during your normal menstrual period. Vaginal bleeding between periods is one symptom of abnormal uterine bleeding.
Spotting does not usually point to a serious medical issue. Noting the timing of the spotting, how long it lasts, and other relevant details, however, can help determine what's causing it. Some periods begin or end with spotting, and some women bleed more lightly than others. As such, it can be hard to tell the difference.
Abnormal vaginal bleeding can relate to an issue with your reproductive system a gynecologic condition or to other medical problems or certain medications. If you have reached menopause — defined as 12 consecutive months, give or take, without a menstrual period — subsequent vaginal bleeding may be a cause for concern and should be evaluated. Causes shown here are commonly associated with this symptom.
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The normal length of the menstrual cycle is typically between 24 days and 38 days. A normal menstrual period generally lasts up to 8 days. Bleeding in any of the following situations is considered abnormal uterine bleeding:.
Abnormal uterine bleeding AUB is a common problem for women of all ages, accounting for up to one-third of gynecologic office visits. The two main types are heavy bleeding that occurs at an appropriate or expected time, such as a heavy menstrual period menorrhagiaand any type of bleeding that occurs unexpectedly metrorrhagia. The absence of regular menstrual periods for several months amenorrhea is also considered an abnormal bleeding pattern.
Abnormal vaginal bleeding occurs between menstrual periods, after sex, or after menopause. Menstrual periods that are heavier or last longer than usual or last more than seven days also are considered abnormal. Your doctor will likely perform a physical and pelvic exam and may test your blood, hormone levels and thyroid function to determine if you are pregnant or infected with a sexually transmitted disease.