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Vaginal bleeding caused by infection

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Light bleeding or spotting from the vagina is sometimes caused by an infection such as thrush, vaginosis or a sexually transmitted infection (STI).

Vaginal infections may also cause an unusual discharge from the vagina. If you notice your discharge is thick and white, like cottage cheese, greenish, pink or brown, or smells fishy, then go and see your doctor.

Could my vaginal bleeding be caused by an infection?

Some other signs that your bleeding may be caused by an infection are:

  • you notice genital sores or ulcers as well
  • your vagina is itchy
  • it's painful to urinate (wee)
  • you have pain in your abdomen or pain during sex
  • you have fever and chills

How is a vaginal infection treated?

You don’t need to see your doctor if the bleeding just happens once. But if it keeps happening, or if other symptoms of a vaginal infection persist, then you should see a doctor or family planning clinic.

If you have had unprotected sex with someone who may have an STI. You should make an appointment at a sexual health clinic or your doctor.

Vaginal infections are treatable. Your doctor may prescribe you some medicine and will also rule out any further infections or disorders.

Not sure what to do next?

If you are still concerned about vaginal bleeding caused by infection, use healthdirect’s online Symptom Checker to get advice on when to seek medical attention.

The Symptom Checker guides you to the next appropriate healthcare steps, whether it’s self care, talking to a health professional, going to a hospital or calling triple zero (000).

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Last reviewed: May 2019

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