Treating Abnormal Uterine Bleeding
If you suffer from heavy periods or bleeding between periods, you are likely looking for a safe and effective way to manage abnormal uterine bleeding.
Fortunately, there are a number of non-surgical and surgical options that can alleviate discomfort, limit symptoms, and improve your quality of life.
Continue reading to learn all about treating abnormal uterine bleeding.
What Is Abnormal Uterine Bleeding?
Abnormal uterine bleeding is characterized by unusually heavy periods, prolonged bleeding, and bleeding that occurs between periods. It is often caused by hormone changes, fibroids, polyps, cancer, and early pregnancy.
Non-Surgical Options for Treating Abnormal Uterine Bleeding
Treating abnormal uterine bleeding largely depends on the underlying cause. As such, non-surgical remedies may be an option in certain instances. These include birth control pills,
hormones, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and a progestin injection or IUD.
Surgical Options for Treating Abnormal Uterine Bleeding
In the event that the above-mentioned treatments are ineffective or not well-suited to the underlying cause, surgical intervention may be recommended.
Uterine artery embolism can be performed to address structural issues like fibroids or polyps. During the procedure, particles are introduced to the uterine artery to effectively cut-off the fibroid’s blood supply. This helps to gradually shrink the fibroid and limit abnormal uterine bleeding.
Myomectomy is another option to consider. It involves surgically removing the problematic fibroid or fibroids.
Uterine ablation uses heat, electricity, microwave energy, or freezing technology to destroy the lining of the uterus and treat abnormal uterine bleeding. However, it is not indicated for women who wish to have children in the future.
Finally, a hysterectomy, which removes the uterus, may be advised when other solutions are unable to effectively control heavy bleeding.
Learn More About Treating Abnormal Uterine Bleeding
For additional information about treating abnormal uterine bleeding, please call our office today to schedule a comprehensive consultation with board-certified gynecologist Dr. Melinda Hall