Bleeding in Early Pregnancy | Diagnosis & Tests


How will my doctor diagnose the cause of my bleeding?

Your doctor will probably want to know how much and how long you have been bleeding. He or she will also ask you if you have any cramps or pain. You may need a pelvic exam, an ultrasound, blood tests or urine tests. Sometimes an ultrasound is enough to make sure your pregnancy is healthy. However, if you are very early in your pregnancy, you may need more tests to help your doctor find the cause of the bleeding.


First Trimester Bleeding by Mark Deutchman, MD, Amy Tanner Tubay, MD and David K. Turok, MD, MPH (American Family Physician June 01, 2009,

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Reviewed/Updated: 04/14
Created: 10/09