Normal menstrual flow lasts about 5 days and produces a total blood loss of 60 to 250 ml and occurs every 28 days. There are several causes of abnormal vaginal bleeding and a careful exam by a healthcare provider is frequently the best way to sort out the source of the bleeding.
Review Date: 5/31/2012 Reviewed By: Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director and Director of Didactic Curriculum, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington. Susan Storck, MD, FACOG, Chief, Eastside Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound, Bellevue, Washington; Clinical Teaching Faculty, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.