vaginal bleeding


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vaginal bleeding

an abnormal condition in which blood is passed from the vagina other than during the menses. It may be caused by abnormalities of the uterus or cervix, an abnormal pregnancy, endocrine abnormalities, abnormalities of one or both ovaries or one or both fallopian tubes, or an abnormality of the vagina. The following terms are commonly used in describing the approximate amount of vaginal bleeding: heavy vaginal bleeding, which is greater than heaviest normal menstrual flow; moderate vaginal bleeding, which is equal to heaviest normal menstrual flow; light vaginal bleeding, which is less than heaviest normal menstrual flow; vaginal staining, a very light flow of blood barely requiring the use of a sanitary napkin or tampon; vaginal spotting, the passage vaginally of a few drops of blood; and bloody show, an episode of light vaginal bleeding as often occurs in early labor, during labor, and, particularly, at the time of full dilation of the cervix at the end of the first stage of labor because of rupture of the cervical capillaries as dilation occurs.
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Although vaginal use of misoprostol produced mild abdominal discomfort and slight vaginal bleeding in some women, there were no serious side effects seen in patients.
The patient's vaginal bleeding and abdominal pain persisted, and her cervix dilated.
However, if there is vaginal bleeding in association with a well-contracted uterus and there was no risk for placental site bleeding, then it is advisable to reopen the uterine incision and look for arterial bleeders at the angles which can be ligated.
Women's reports of vaginal bleeding were examined overall and for two periods of pregnancy: before enrollment (the first period) and during follow-up (the second period).
The study showed that the severe vaginal bleeding during labor and high blood pressure afterwards were among the reasons for these deaths.
Abnormal vaginal bleeding was reported at one year by two women in the control group and 22 women in the treatment group which was statistically significant (P <0.
In a woman who is known to be pregnant, vaginal bleeding may indicate spontaneous abortion--threatened, complete, or missed.
They found that women who had had lower abdominal pain or vaginal bleeding in the 24 hours before receiving the misoprostol had elevated odds of successful treatment (odds ratios, 3.
Because of its tissue selectivity, raloxifene may have fewer side effects than are typically observed with estrogen therapy including vaginal bleeding and breast tenderness.
A 36-year-old, 6-week postpartum, lactating woman presented to her primary care physician with vaginal bleeding.
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Will Johnson, president of Canadian Physicians for Life, she also notes that such drugs can cause uncontrolled vaginal bleeding, blood clots; and the pre-conditions for strokes and heart attacks.