Topic Overview

When reviewing the following guidelines, take into account
how heavy your normal menstrual flow is. Abnormal vaginal bleeding varies
depending on what is normal for a particular woman.

  • Severe vaginal bleeding means that you
    are soaking 1 or 2 pads or tampons in 1 or 2 hours, unless that is normal for
    you. For most women, passing clots of blood from the vagina and soaking through
    their usual pads or tampons every hour for 2 or more hours is not normal and is
    considered severe. If you are pregnant: You may have
    a gush of blood or pass a clot, but if the bleeding stops, it is not considered
    severe.
  • Moderate bleeding means that you
    are soaking more than 1 pad or tampon in 3 hours.
  • Mild bleeding means that you are soaking less than 1 pad or
    tampon in more than 3 hours.
  • Minimal vaginal bleeding means “spotting” or a few drops of blood.

Credits

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP – Emergency Medicine

Current as ofMarch 20, 2017

Current as of:
March 20, 2017