Abnormal bleeding between menstrual periods and heavy uterine bleeding can be a symptom of several different (and potentially serious) conditions.

Overview and Symptoms

Based on your diagnosis, there are several different choices to consider in consultation with your physician.


Treatments for abnormal bleeding depend on your diagnosis and include:

  • Hormonal medications to decrease the amount of menstrual bleeding and/or reduce the number of days a woman has her period.
  • Hormone-containing IUD, or intrauterine device, that reduces bleeding by about 90% and can even stop periods entirely in some women.
  • Hysterectomy, or removal of the uterus, which can be performed vaginally with no incisions or laparoscopically, a minimally invasive approach using very small incisions.
  • Endometrial ablation — a surgical alternative to hysterectomy (removal of the uterus) — is a procedure without incisions that can be performed as day surgery, however, it’s not recommended for women who want to have children.

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