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Abnormal Uterine Bleeding Overview

Another name for Abnormal Uterine Bleeding is Dysfunctional Uterine Bleeding.

What is dysfunctional uterine bleeding?
A woman with dysfunctional uterine bleeding has abnormal vaginal bleeding that is not caused by a bleeding lesion in the uterus. Dysfunctional uterine bleeding is a common condition. Normal menstrual bleeding should last about 5 days, but varies from 3 to 7 days. Usually, periods that last for longer than 7 days are abnormal. Normal menstrual blood loss is during a period is 30 cc (2 tablespoons) to 250 cc (1 cup).

What are the symptoms of dysfunctional uterine bleeding?
Symptoms of dysfunctional uterine bleeding include absent periods, irregular menstrual periods, heavy menstrual bleeding, and painful menstrual periods.

How does the doctor treat dysfunctional uterine bleeding?
Treatment for dysfunctional uterine bleeding may include iron supplements, vitamin supplements, hormone therapy, oral contraceptives, dilation and curettage, and hysterectomy.

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Last Updated: Aug 25, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Abnormal Uterine Bleeding References
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