Dysfunctional Uterine Bleeding
Dysfunctional Uterine Bleeding
Find out how to treat dysfunctional bleeding
Women commonly experience changes in their menstrual cycle throughout their life. These changes can affect the period duration, frequency, and flow amount. However, certain conditions can cause hormonal changes that directly control the menstrual cycle, causing dysfunctional uterine bleeding.
Desrene Brown, MD, FACOG, is a board-certified obstetrician, gynecologist, and surgeon who helps women dealing with dysfunctional uterine bleeding and other problems.
Dysfunctional uterine bleeding is a condition that affects the length and frequency of menstrual cycles and menstrual flow. Hormonal imbalances usually cause these changes, but other conditions can also be to blame.
Schedule an appointment with Dr. Brown to discover how to stop your heavy menstrual bleeding.
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What Is Dysfunctional Uterine Bleeding?
Abnormal uterine bleeding is any unusual or heavy bleeding from the uterus. It can occur at any part of your monthly cycle, but it’s more common during the menstrual cycle. In fact, around 1 in 5 women experience heavy menstrual bleeding, also called menorrhagia.
How Is Dysfunctional Uterine Bleeding Treated?
When visiting Dr. Brown, she performs a thorough evaluation to determine the cause of your dysfunctional uterine bleeding. The treatment approach depends on the diagnosis. The treatment can include medication, hormonal therapy, intrauterine device (IUD) implantation, or invasive interventions.
One of the surgical options is endometrial ablation. This procedure destroys the lining of the uterus, which may help stop bleeding in some women. Keep in mind that this isn’t a sterilization procedure, so you’ll still need to use contraception afterward. However, getting pregnant after endometrial ablation is less likely, and it can be dangerous.
The procedure is quick and can be performed in a doctor’s office without general anesthesia. It can be done at any point during the monthly cycle, and you don’t need to take any medications to prepare. Because endometrial ablation doesn’t require making incisions, the recovery is quick. Most women can return to their daily life after a day or so. However, you may feel pain, discomfort, cramping, nausea, and other symptoms.
How Does Dysfunctional Uterine Bleeding Affect Women?
Heavy menstrual bleeding is most common during the teenage years and during and close to menopause. However, many women in their 30s and 40s experience heavy or irregular bleeding, and the culprit is hormonal changes prior to menopause. This can take a toll on physical, emotional, and social well-being.
For example, many women who experience dysfunctional uterine bleeding also report feeling tired, frequent nausea, bad cramps, and headaches. This can affect your emotional state, making you feeling anxious, moody, less confident, and even depressed. As a result, women are forced to miss work, social events, and athletic events. In addition, 4 out of 5 women reports avoiding sex during this period.
Dysfunctional Uterine Bleeding Treatment at Luxury Aesthetics
If you experience some of the symptoms of dysfunctional uterine bleeding, you should schedule an appointment at Luxury Aesthetics. Dr. Brown can determine the cause of your condition and propose adequate treatment. That may include lifestyle adjustments, weight management, medication, and endometrial ablation.
Schedule an appointment with Dr. Brown and discover the best approach to stop or reduce dysfunctional uterine bleeding.
What Are the Symptoms of Dysfunctional Uterine Bleeding?
The most common symptoms of dysfunctional uterine bleeding are:
- Menstrual bleeding longer than seven days
- Menstrual bleeding within two days
- Unusually heavy menstrual flow
- Pelvic discomfort and pain
- Spotting and bleeding between periods
- Menstrual flow with more clots or unusually large clots
- Periods less than 21 days apart
- Periods more than 35 days apart
Who Is at Risk of Dysfunctional Uterine Bleeding?
Women under 20 or over 40 are most likely to experience dysfunctional uterine bleeding due to hormonal imbalances. However, other factors can trigger this condition, such as:
- Polycystic ovarian syndrome
- Being under a lot of stress
- Not having enough body fat to support a regular menstrual cycle
- Being overweight
- Uterine polyps and fibroids
- Thyroid disease
- Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
- Certain medications
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