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Abnormal Vaginal Bleeding - Home Treatment

There is no home treatment for abnormal vaginal bleeding. With some types of vaginal bleeding, it may be okay to wait to see if the bleeding stops on its own. Check your symptoms to decide if and when you should see a doctor. If the bleeding continues or gets worse, a visit to a doctor is needed to determine the reason for the bleeding.

If you are using tampons for abnormal vaginal bleeding, be sure to change them often, and do not leave one in place when the bleeding has stopped. A tampon left in the vagina may put you at risk for toxic shock syndrome (TSS). TSS is a rare but life-threatening illness that develops suddenly after a bacterial infection rapidly affects several different organ systems.

If you are age 45 or older, you may be experiencing perimenopause. For more information, see the topic Menopause and Perimenopause.

Symptoms to watch for during home treatment

Call your doctor if any of the following occur during home treatment:

  • Abnormal bleeding returns.
  • Bleeding increases or becomes severe enough to cause weakness or lightheadedness.
  • Fever or pain in the lower abdomen develops.
  • Symptoms become more severe or frequent.
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Last Updated: May 04, 2012
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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