Abnormal Uterine Bleeding
Your uterus (womb) normally bleeds during your monthly period. Abnormal uterine bleeding is bleeding that's different from your usual period.
You may have bleeding between periods, a period that lasts longer than usual, heavier bleeding during your period, or bleeding after you've stopped having periods
Abnormal uterine bleeding is usually caused by problems with levels of the female hormones estrogen and progesterone
Abnormal uterine bleeding is most common in teens (who have just started having periods) and women over 45 (who are getting closer to menopause)
Doctors may give you hormones or other medicine to control your bleeding
Abnormal uterine bleeding is often caused by problems with your female hormone levels. This can happen:
Sometimes, abnormal bleeding is caused by growths in or around your uterus, such as:
Abnormal uterine bleeding can mean any of the following:
Your periods are less than 21 days apart
You bleed between your periods
During your periods, you bleed more than usual
Your periods last more than 7 days
You begin bleeding again after you've stopped having periods (menopause)
Too much bleeding can lead to a low blood count (anemia), which may make you feel weak and tired.
Doctors usually do tests to look for disorders that could be causing your bleeding, including:
If you have risk factors for cancer or if certain abnormalities show up on the ultrasound, your doctor may also do:
First, doctors usually:
If medicine doesn’t stop your abnormal uterine bleeding, doctors may do a procedure such as:
If the above treatments don’t stop your bleeding or if the tests show cancer, doctors may do surgery to remove your uterus. The surgery is called a hysterectomy.