Let your doctor know if you have abnormal uterine bleeding. There are many ways to help treat it. Some are meant to return the
menstrual cycle to normal. Others are used to reduce bleeding or to stop
monthly periods. Each treatment works for some women but not others. Treatments
Hormones, such as a progestin pill or daily
birth control pill (progestin and estrogen). These hormones help control the
menstrual cycle and reduce bleeding and cramping.
Use of the levonorgestrel
IUD, which releases a progesterone-like hormone into
the uterus. This reduces bleeding while preventing pregnancy.
If you also have menstrual pain or heavy bleeding, you
can take regular doses of a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), such
In some cases, doctors use
watchful waiting, or a wait-and-see approach. It may
be okay for a teen or for a woman nearing
menopause. Some teens have times of irregular vaginal
bleeding. This usually gets better over time as hormone levels even out. Women
in menopause can expect their periods to stop. They may choose to wait and see
if this happens before they try other treatments.
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May 10, 2014
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