Abnormal Uterine Bleeding

Many treatment options are available for bleeding abnormally heavy or at unusual times outside of a menstrual cycle

Abnormal uterine bleeding takes place when a female bleeds at unusual times in her menstrual cycle. It could also be at an unexpected time in her life.

It can occur before age 10, during pregnancy, after menopause or when your menstrual flow is lighter or heavier than normal.

The most common type of abnormal uterine bleeding is called menorrhagia. This is heavy and prolonged menstrual bleeding that interrupts your daily activities. You may soak through sanitary pads or tampons that require hourly changing for more than seven days.

Abnormal Uterine Bleeding Causes

Many things can cause abnormal uterine bleeding, including:

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

Overview

The most common type of abnormal uterine bleeding is called menorrhagia. This is heavy and prolonged menstrual bleeding that interrupts your daily activities. You may soak through sanitary pads or tampons that require hourly changing for more than seven days.

Abnormal Uterine Bleeding Causes

Many things can cause abnormal uterine bleeding, including:

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

Our expert physicians will work to diagnose the cause of your bleeding. That way, we can provide the most effective treatment possible for you.

Your physician will listen to your needs and concerns, review your medical history and evaluate your symptoms. From there, your physician will provide diagnostic tests that may include any of the following:

  • Complete physical exam
  • Pelvic examination
  • Blood tests
  • Pap test
  • Ultrasound
  • Biopsy

Diagnosis

Our expert physicians will work to diagnose the cause of your bleeding. That way, we can provide the most effective treatment possible for you.

Your physician will listen to your needs and concerns, review your medical history and evaluate your symptoms. From there, your physician will provide diagnostic tests that may include any of the following:

  • Complete physical exam
  • Pelvic examination
  • Blood tests
  • Pap test
  • Ultrasound
  • Biopsy

IU Health physicians care for you as a whole person. Our physicians use the latest scientific treatments to treat all uterine bleeding causes.

Our leading edge medicine and treatment options are available first and often only at IU Health. Some of these may include:

Treatment for Adolescents

For adolescents, experts at Riley Hospital for Children offer the only fellowship-trained pediatric and adolescent gynecology services in the state.

Our experts provide menstrual management, including menstrual suppression, and complete diagnostic and therapeutic services. These services are provided with compassion and understanding for the unique needs of younger patients.

Treatment

IU Health physicians care for you as a whole person. Our physicians use the latest scientific treatments to treat all uterine bleeding causes.

Our leading edge medicine and treatment options are available first and often only at IU Health. Some of these may include:

Treatment for Adolescents

For adolescents, experts at Riley Hospital for Children offer the only fellowship-trained pediatric and adolescent gynecology services in the state.

Our experts provide menstrual management, including menstrual suppression, and complete diagnostic and therapeutic services. These services are provided with compassion and understanding for the unique needs of younger patients.

Patient Stories for Abnormal Uterine Bleeding

American Cancer Society

This is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem. This page focuses on uterine sarcomas.

National Cancer Institute

Part of the National Institutes of Health, this is the United States government's principal agency for cancer research and training.

Resources

American Cancer Society

This is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem. This page focuses on uterine sarcomas.

National Cancer Institute

Part of the National Institutes of Health, this is the United States government's principal agency for cancer research and training.