About Heavy Uterine Bleeding
Most women can expect a certain amount of uterine bleeding each month during menstruation. However, abnormal or excessive bleeding from the uterus may be a symptom of a hormonal imbalance or other problem. At miVIP, we have the experience to identify the causes of uterine bleeding and work out a treatment plan that is right for you.
Since uterine bleeding often occurs in conjunction with cramping and other pre-menstrual symptoms, it can severely affect your ability to fulfill day-to-day obligations. The heavy blood loss associated with the condition is also cause for concern in some cases.
Causes of Uterine BleedingUterine bleeding is a general term that can refer to several specific conditions. Here are some of the more common causes.
- Menorrhagia: A condition in which menstrual periods are abnormally heavy or long. This condition can have several potential causes:
- Hormonal changes
- Onset of menstruation
- Uterine Growths: Benign and cancerous growths that occur on the inside or outside of the uterus:
- Endometrial cancer
- Lifestyle Changes: Various other conditions that can result in uterine bleeding, usually amongst other symptoms:
- Thyroid disease
- Obesity or sudden weight gain
- Strenuous exercise
- Eating disorders
Uterine Bleeding SymptomsUterine bleeding may be accompanied by other symptoms, many of which are similar to those associated with menstruation. These are some of the symptoms you should look out for.
- Pelvic pain
- Gastrointestinal discomfort
Treatment of Uterine BleedingGenerally, treatment of uterine bleeding begins with an attempt to treat the root cause of the condition. If the cause is hormonal, pills or shots are administered to regulate the hormone levels in the body. A doctor may also recommend certain lifestyle changes to get the condition under control.
If these treatments do not work, a surgical hysterectomy is usually the next choice. Hysterectomies are relatively common, minimally-invasive surgical procedures in which the entire uterus is removed.