If you have a vaginal infection, you may also have unusual discharge before any bleeding happens. Unusual discharge may be a sign of thrush or vaginosis for example. The signs of an abnormal vaginal discharge are if it's:
- thick and white, like cottage cheese
- smells fishy
- greenish and smells very bad
- pink or brown
- irritating or causes your vagina to itch.
You may notice genital sores or ulcers as well, or you might start having pain in your abdomen or pain during sex.
If you are experiencing any discharge like this, you should visit your doctor. Don’t be embarrassed, infections are very common and doctors are professional people who have assisted women with these symptoms many times.
If you have had unprotected sex with someone who may have a sexually transmitted infection (STI) you should make an appointment at a sexual health clinic or your doctor.
If you have been bleeding after an infection, you should see your doctor who may be able to prescribe you some medicine and rule out any further infections or disorders.
If you are bleeding very heavily or you feel faint or as if you might pass out call triple zero (000) immediately and ask for an ambulance. If calling triple zero (000) does not work on your mobile phone, try calling 112.
Not sure what to do next?
If you are still concerned about vaginal bleeding caused by infection, check your symptoms with 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).
Last reviewed: July 2015