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Abnormal Uterine Bleeding - What Happens

Abnormal uterine bleeding often occurs before age 20 and after age 40.

  • Teen years. Some teens have times of irregular vaginal bleeding. This usually gets better over time as hormone levels even out and the menstrual cycle becomes more regular. If you need treatment, your doctor may give you hormones to help regulate your menstrual cycle. He or she may also prescribe medicine to reduce bleeding.
  • Reproductive years. Some women in their 20s and 30s have abnormal uterine bleeding. Sometimes it's because of changes in hormone levels or growths in the uterus such as fibroids or polyps. And sometimes the reason is not known. Your treatment may depend on whether you are planning to have children.
  • After age 40: Perimenopausal and menopausal years. After age 40, women tend to have changing hormone levels. During this time before your period stops (perimenopause), you may not always ovulate. This can lead to irregular vaginal bleeding. You can expect this bleeding to go away on its own when menopause is complete. Your treatment options depend on your childbearing plans and how much your symptoms affect your daily life. Your doctor may recommend a wait-and-see approach, hormones, or a surgical procedure.

No matter what your age, see your doctor if you have irregular vaginal bleeding.

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    Last Updated: May 10, 2014
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