Introduction to Abnormal Uterine Bleeding
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Menstruation or period is the monthly shedding of the uterine lining, in response to the hormones produced by the women’s body. Its function is to prepare the female body for potential pregnancy and also to discharge unneeded tissue and materials from the uterus.
The average period cycle of a woman is 28 days long, however, it can range from 25 to 30 days.¹ The typical volume of blood lost during menstruation is approximately 30 ml.¹ Thus, vaginal bleeding that soaks through one or more pads or tampons every hour for several hours in a row during one’s period is considered abnormal.
What is Abnormal Uterine Bleeding?
Abnormal uterine bleeding (AUB) is bleeding from the uterus or vagina that is not normal in regularity, volume, frequency, or duration.² It is a common medical condition, affecting up to 25% of women of reproductive age.³
How do you know if your vaginal bleeding is abnormal?²
Periods at irregular intervals
Absence of periods
Periods that go on for long durations (>7 days)
Heavy period bleeding to the point of affecting daily life
Vaginal spotting or light bleeding that happens outside of regular periods
Pregnancy can cause vaginal spotting which many women commonly mistake for their monthly period.
What causes abnormal vaginal bleedings?²
Abnormal growths in uterus - Fibroids, polyps, cancers
Use of blood thinners or anticoagulants
Certain medical conditions - Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), hyperthyroidism, liver disease
Primary disorder of the endometrium
Medication therapy that may lead to unscheduled endometrial bleeding - Hormonal birth control eg. IntraUterine Devices (IUD) and birth control pills
Inflammation or infection of the endometrium
Abnormal uterine bleeding is a common and debilitating health condition.
There are multiple factors that may lead to abnormal uterine bleeding.
It is important to identify whether your vaginal bleeding is not normal so you can seek necessary medical attention early on.
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2. De Silva NK. Abnormal uterine bleeding in adolescents: Evaluation and approach to diagnosis. In: UpToDate, Post TW (Ed), UpToDate, Waltham, MA, 2021.
3. 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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