There are several things that can cause uterine bleeding, but one thing is for certain, it’s never a good thing.
11-13 percent of reproductive women are affected by abnormal uterine bleeding at any given time. This percent increases to 24 percent in women aged 36 to 40.
Uterine bleeding is not normal and it’s usually a symptom of a bigger problem.
Uterine Bleeding is also known as Abnormal Uterine Bleeding, Dysfunctional Uterine Bleeding, or Vaginal Bleeding. Abnormal uterine bleeding (AUB) is one of the most common gynecological complaints in reproductive women.
Women’s Normal Menses
- Blood loss volume from 5-80ml
- Duration of blood flow 4-8 days
- Frequency of menses within a 24-38 day window
- Regularity within 2-20 days
Causes of Uterine Bleeding
- Anovulation, a condition when your ovaries do not release an egg every month during childbearing years
- Endometrial polyps (precancerous growths) or endometrial cancer of the lining of the uterus
- Fibroids, tumors that grow on, in or around your uterus
- Hormone imbalances like a progesterone deficiency can also cause bleeding between menstrual cycles
- Infections or abnormalities of the vagina or cervix like thinning of the vaginal walls, cervical cancer or sexually transmitted diseases (especially after intercourse)
- Medications such as corticosteroids, birth control pills or Neuropsychiatric agents
- Pregnancy complications such as a miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy
If you are experiencing uterine bleeding for any reason at all, consider it a red flag. Time to see an experienced gynecologist for a pelvic exam, blood work, and further testing to diagnose the cause of the bleeding.
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