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Abnormal Uterine Bleeding Treatment Information
Your IU Health provider will help you choose the right treatment for your abnormal uterine bleeding based on your age, medical history, the cause of the condition and other factors. Available treatments at IU Health include the following:
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications. Your IU Health provider will likely recommend medications such as aspirin or ibuprofen to reduce cramping.
- Oral contraceptives. Birth control pills may be prescribed to inhibit ovulation and decrease menstrual flow.
- Hormone treatment with progesterone. Progesterone may be recommended to prevent excessive bleeding in women who do not regularly ovulate.
- Endometrial ablation. IU Health offers this one-time five-minute procedure to remove the lining of the uterus (endometrium) to stop or reduce bleeding while preserving the uterus. For most women, the procedure is highly effective. Several techniques are available at IU Health, including electrical, hydrothermal, balloon therapy and radiofrequency. This procedure is only appropriate for women who have completed childbearing.
- Hysterectomy. If necessary, your doctor may recommend the surgical removal of your uterus. Whenever possible, we use a minimally invasive robotic procedure using the innovative da Vinci Surgical System® as an alternative to traditional open surgery. Because it is minimally invasive, the procedure results in less pain and blood loss, less scarring, shorter recovery time, and often, improved outcomes.
- Adolescents. When the patient is an adolescent, IU Health offers pediatric gynecology services by a team of experts at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health that includes the only fellowship-trained pediatric and adolescent gynecologist in the state. Menstrual management, including menstrual suppression and comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic services, are provided with compassion and understanding for the unique needs of the younger patient.
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Abnormal Uterine Bleeding Support Services
Resources and information for women who are experiencing abnormal uterine bleeding are available from a variety of organizations.
A Sampling of Abnormal Uterine Bleeding Support Services
American Cancer Society
This is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem.
American Society for Reproductive Medicine
This nonprofit organization offers multidisciplinary information, education and advocacy in the field of reproductive medicine.
National Cancer Institute
Part of the National Institutes of Health, this is the United States government's principal agency for cancer research and training.