Abnormal Uterine Bleeding: Diagnosis & Treatment
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Abnormal uterine bleeding can be caused by many different factors. Hence, it is crucial to identify the exact cause through a series of diagnostic steps so that the most optimal medical treatment can be prescribed.
Identifying the causes of Abnormal Uterine Bleeding
It is important to determine the diagnosis of Abnormal Uterine Bleeding to choose the most appropriate management for an individual patient. This can be accomplished by:
Obtaining a full medical record¹
To record details of current bleeding episodes, related symptoms and past medical history
Performing a physical examination¹
To evaluate overall health
Pelvic examination to assess for any mass, size and shape of the uterus, discharge or tenderness which may suggest infection
Conducting various tests¹
Pregnancy test : To exclude pregnancy causation
Blood test : To assess for any anemia, clotting disorders or hormonal imbalance disease
Pelvic ultrasound : To evaluate endometrium thickness and any structural causes
Swab test : To assess for presence of any infection or cervical pathology
Endometrial biopsy : To rule out endometrial hyperplasia and cancer
What can you do if you have abnormal uterine bleeding?
Numerous factors are taken into consideration when deciding a personalized treatment approach. Medical therapy is considered the preferred initial treatment. However, medications may have side effects and contraindications which are usually required to be discussed with a healthcare professional before starting treatment.
Options of medical therapy include:²
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), anti-fibrinolytic agents
Progestin-only therapy, estrogen-progestin therapy
Not every case of abnormal uterine bleeding can be treated by the same surgery. For example, both endometrial ablation and uterine artery embolization are not suitable in pregnancy, active infections, or uterine malignancy cases.
Aside from medications, surgery may be necessary to remove abnormal structures such as fibroids or polyps. There are different types of surgical procedures that can be done depending on various factors such as diagnosis and medical history.
The types of surgical procedures are:²
Polypectomy or Myomectomy
For removing polyps or fibroids respectively
For those unsuitable for medical therapy to treat heavy menstrual bleeding
Uterine Artery Embolisation (UAE)
For treating fibroids by reducing blood supply to the fibroids
Definitive surgery by removal of the entire uterus but will cause permanent infertility
Abnormal uterine bleeding is a common and debilitating condition.
There are multiple factors that may lead to abnormal uterine bleeding.
It is important to have an accurate diagnosis to determine optimal treatment.
Treatment should be individualized with considerations of the impact of clinical symptoms, desire for maintaining fertility, and underlying risk factors in order to achieve improved quality of life.
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1. De Silva NK. Abnormal uterine bleeding in adolescents: Evaluation and approach to diagnosis. In: UpToDate, Post TW (Ed), UpToDate, Waltham, MA, 2021.
2. Whitaker L, Critchley HO. Abnormal uterine bleeding. Best Pract Res Clin Obstet Gynaecol. 2016;34:54-65. doi:10.1016/j.bpobgyn.2015.11.012
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