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Abnormal Uterine Bleeding

Abnormal uterine bleeding is bleeding that occurs when a woman is not expecting her menstrual period or at a time in life when it is not expected, such as before age 10, during pregnancy or after menopause. It can also be considered abnormal when menstrual flow is lighter or heavier than what is normal for you.

The most common type of abnormal uterine bleeding is called menorrhagia, which is characterized by heavy (soak through enough sanitary napkins or tampons to require changing every hour) and prolonged (longer than seven days) menstrual bleeding that can interrupt daily activities.

Abnormal uterine bleeding can have many causes, such as:

  • Uterine fibroids
  • Infection
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Endometriosis
  • Endometrial cancer or polyp
  • Ectopic pregnancy

Indiana University Health treats the full spectrum of causes of uterine bleeding. Diagnosis begins with your healthcare provider evaluating your medical history and a complete physical exam (including a pelvic examination). Other diagnostic procedures may include blood tests, Pap test, ultrasound and biopsy. We work to accurately diagnose the cause of your bleeding in order to suggest the most effective treatment.

How We Can Help

How We Can Help

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:


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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.