Abnormal Bleeding






30 - 60 mins

Girl Having Period Pain due to abnormal bleeding

Vaginal bleeding between periods

Bleeding during a regular menstrual period should last between 2 and 5 days. Bleeding for longer or less than this time (having a very short or long menstrual cycle) constitutes abnormal bleeding.

Excessively light or very heavy periods (menorrhagia), absence of a period (amenorrhea) or bleeding between periods (metrorrhagia) also fall under the category of abnormal bleeding.


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Abnormal Uterine Bleeding

There are several different conditions that have abnormal bleeding as a symptom, including endometriosis, irregular hormone levels (oestrogen, progesterone, insulin, or thyroid hormones), contraceptive methods, PCOS, cysts, fibroids, pregnancy, miscarriage, or functional uterine problems.

Should I see a doctor?

You should make an appointment to see one of our doctors if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Unusually short or long menstrual cycle (bleeding every three weeks or less, or less than every five weeks).
  • Excessively heavy menses or severe pain with your period (having to change your pads or tampons every hour or being unable to contain your flow with pads).

What to do next

If you are not sure whether your periods are regular, it can be helpful to use a period tracker or to keep notes in your calendar to record the first day of your bleed each month, the length of your bleeds, and any symptoms of pain, water retention, swollen or sore breasts, or emotional symptoms.

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During the test

The procedure itself is quick and easy. You might experience some period-like pain and cramps which might continue for a few hours following and occasionally some period-like spotting or bleeding. However, the procedure itself is very quick and relatively painless.

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What constitutes a heavy menstrual bleed?
If you are bleeding for longer than 7 days, soaking more than one pad or tampon every hour for several hours, needing to double up on pads to deal with your flow, or experiencing large blood clots, you are likely having heavy bleeding (also called menorrhagia).
Many conditions and diseases can cause heavy bleeding, so it is best to get examined by a doctor who can give you a proper diagnosis. Things like hormone imbalances, irregular ovulation, bleeding disorders, fibroids, polyps, endometriosis, and cancer all can present with heavy bleeding.
Heavy bleeding can be a sign of an underlying serious condition, so it is best to get checked out by a doctor if you notice that you are bleeding more than usual, or if your bleeding is interfering with your ability to go about your normal activities. Extreme loss of blood can also cause anaemia, which can in turn lead to other symptoms.

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