Any bloody vaginal discharge (pink, red, or brown) that requires the use of sanitary protection (pads, cloths, or tampons). Different vaginal bleeding patterns include:
- amenorrhea No bleeding at all at expected bleeding times.
- breakthrough bleeding Any bleeding outside of expected bleeding times (i.e., outside of regular monthly bleeding) that requires use of sanitary protection.
- heavy bleeding (menorrhagia) Bleeding that is twice as heavy as a woman’s usual bleeding.
- infrequent bleeding Fewer than 2 bleeding episodes over 3 months.
- irregular bleeding Spotting and/or breakthrough bleeding that occurs outside of expected bleeding times (i.e., outside of regular monthly bleeding).
- menstrual bleeding, monthly bleeding. Bleeding that takes place, on average, for 3–7 days about every 28 days.
- prolonged bleeding Bleeding that lasts longer than 8 days.
- spotting Any bloody vaginal discharge outside of expected bleeding times that requires no sanitary protection.