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Abnormal vaginal bleeding

If you're experiencing heavy or unexpected periods, our gynaecology experts may be able to help

About

Vaginal bleeding is the result of menstruation (a period) and usually happens every 21 to 35 days. Bleeding between normal periods is considered abnormal. Abnormal vaginal bleeding can range from light 'spotting' to a heavy flow. If you're experiencing unexpected periods, our gynocology experts may be able to help.

Need to know

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    Abnormal vaginal bleeding can be caused by a number of things, including:

    • vaginal dryness brought on by menopause
    • vaginal injury as a result of sex
    • an inflamed or infected cervix
    • STIs like chlamydia and gonorrhoea
    • non-cancerous tumours
    • hormonal changes brought on by a thyroid problem
    • stopping or starting birth control pills
    • taking an emergency contraceptive pill
    • a recent abortion
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    Your GP or consultant will discuss your symptoms with you and help to make a diagnosis. They may carry out a physical examination of your vaginal wall and birth canal. If necessary, they may take samples to test for STIs, or recommend other tests. These tests may include a pregnancy test, thyroid blood test, abdomen ultrasound or an endometrial biopsy.
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    If your GP or consultant are able to find a cause for your symptoms, they'll discuss your treatment options with you.
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Our consultants

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

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    The Wellington Hospital

    Wellington Place

    London NW8 9LE

    Appointments 0207 483 5148
    Enquiries 020 3131 7478

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    The Harley Street Clinic

    35 Weymouth Street

    London

    W1G 8BJ

    Appointments 020 7034 8181
    Enquiries 020 3131 7962

  • The Portland Hospital Facility

    The Portland Hospital

    205 - 209 Great Portland Street

    London

    W1W 5AH

    Children's enquiries 020 7390 8020
    Maternity enquiries 020 7390 6068
    Gynaecology enquiries 020 7390 6200

  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street

    London

    SE1 2PR

    Appointments and Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments 020 7234 2773
    Switchboard 020 7407 3100

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    The Princess Grace Hospital

    42-52 Nottingham Place

    London W1U 5NY

    Appointments 020 3131 7216
    Enquiries 020 3130 6833

  • The Lister Hospital Facility

    The Lister Hospital

    Chelsea Bridge Road

    London

    SW1W 8RH

    Appointments 020 7811 4000
    Enquiries 020 3131 4978

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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