Abnormal Uterine Bleeding
Bleeding in any of the following situations is viewed as abnormal: bleeding or spotting between periods, after sex, after menopause, or bleeding heavier or for more days than usual during the menstrual cycle.
Abnormal uterine bleeding can occur at any age. However, at certain times in life, it is common for periods to be irregular, such as the years following a girl’s first period, or the time leading up to menopause.
Abnormal bleeding can be caused by many things. A doctor’s exam can pinpoint the exact reason for it, and determine the best treatment plan.
Non-surgical treatments may include medications, hormone therapy, or an intrauterine device (IUD) that releases hormones. Some common surgical procedures may include endometrial ablation (uterine lining is destroyed with extreme heat or cold), uterine artery embolization (uterine arteries are blocked to stop blood flow), or hysterectomy (removal of the uterus). For more details on common approaches to surgery for abnormal bleeding, see the “Surgical Options” section that follows.