Abnormal Uterine Bleeding


Abnormal uterine bleeding can certainly be concerning, but it is not uncommon. Many women experience abnormal bleeding at some point in their lifetime. Hormonal imbalances as a young adult, disruptions to the menstrual cycle or the changes caused by menopause may lead to bleeding.

Most of the time, unusual uterine bleeding is not a major concern. However, in some cases it may be a sign of a more serious medical condition such as fibroids, uterine polyps or cancer.

Symptoms of Abnormal Uterine Bleeding

You might be experiencing abnormal uterine bleeding if you have:

  • Bleeding or spotting between periods or after intercourse
  • Periods that are heavier or longer-lasting than usual
  • Bleeding after menopause

Diagnosis & Treatment

Mercy women's health specialists work closely with you to diagnose potential causes of abnormal uterine bleeding and determine the appropriate treatment plan. We will review your medical history and current symptoms, and may recommend a pelvic exam, urine test, blood test and ultrasound. Depending on the results, we may need to perform a biopsy, to remove a tiny sample of tissue from your uterus, in order to screen for cancer.

If treatment is required, most women with abnormal uterine bleeding can be treated with medication or surgery. Should you require surgery, chances are good we will be able use a minimally invasive procedure so you can get back to your daily life as soon as possible.

We take a compassionate approach to your care, and we’re here to make sure you get the expert attention you need.

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