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Uterine Bleeding

Uterine Bleeding: Uterine bleeding is any bleeding from the uterus (through your vagina) other than your normal monthly period. Having extremely heavy bleeding during your period can also be considered abnormal uterine bleeding. Very heavy bleeding during a period and bleeding that lasts more than 7-days is called menorrhagia. Women who have menorrhagia may bleed enough to soak through one or more tampons or sanitary pads every hour.

Many different things can cause abnormal uterine bleeding. Pregnancy is a common cause. Polyps or fibroids (small and large growths) in the uterus can also cause bleeding. A thyroid problem, infection of the cervix or cancer of the uterus can also cause abnormal uterine bleeding. Taking emergency contraception, injury or disease of the vagina, a recent abortion, sexually transmitted infections, stress and vaginal dryness.

Irregular bleeding, such as bleeding between periods, is common during the first three months of starting hormonal contraception. You may also bleed between periods if you:
  •     miss any combined pills 
  •     miss any progestogen-only pills 
  •     have a problem with your patch or vaginal ring  
  •     are on the pill and are also sick or have diarrhoea 
  •     have taken certain prescription medicines 
  •     miss out your pill, patch or ring-free week

If you are experiencing extremely heavy bleeding from the vagina you should see your doctor.


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