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Abnormal uterine bleeding

More than one in five women experience abnormal uterine bleeding, a term that describes vaginal bleeding that is different from normal menstrual periods. Abnormal uterine bleeding is characterized by:

Other forms of abnormal uterine bleeding include what doctors call "amenorrhea" and "dysmenorrhea":

Talking with your doctor about abnormal uterine bleeding

Questions about abnormal uterine bleeding

  1. What causes abnormal uterine bleeding?
  2. Is this a serious problem?
  3. Are there other tests I might need to help determine a cause?

Questions about treatment options

  1. How will I know if and when treatment is necessary?
  2. Do I need medicine or surgery?
  3. If I take hormones, will my condition improve?
  4. If I need surgery, what are my options?
  5. If I need a hysterectomy, is there a minimally invasive option?

If you're not satisfied with the responses you receive, consider asking for a second opinion. You are an integral part of your healthcare team and you should feel comfortable with your physician and the recommended treatment.

Treatment options for abnormal uterine bleeding include hormonal therapy, surgery and endometrial ablation (a procedure includes the destruction of the endometrial lining of the uterus by means of electrical energy, heat or cold. It also eliminates the possibility of future childbearing.) Together with your doctor, you will develop a treatment plan based on:

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