Non-Menstrual Bleeding

What Causes Unusual Vaginal Bleeding?

Unusual vaginal bleeding can have various causes, just like most other symptoms.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose unusual vaginal bleeding, we could:
  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "unusual vaginal bleeding" as a symptom.  For example, endometrial cancer.

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
early puberty onset
endometrial cancer
late menopause
non-human estrogen use
... and so on

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of unusual vaginal bleeding.

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate slight abnormal vaginal discharge, abnormal vaginal discharge or constant abnormal vaginal discharge, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Do you have any vaginal bleeding that is not due to a menstrual period?
Possible responses:
→ Don't know
→ No
→ Occasionally, a few times per year
→ Frequently
→ Yes, it is constant or nearly constant
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate either no unusual vaginal bleeding or unusual vaginal bleeding, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as Endometrial Cancer. The most common sign of endometrial cancer is unusual bleeding from the vagina, especially bleeding that occurs after passing through menopause.