There are several symptoms for dysfunctional uterine bleeding including:
- Bleeding or spotting from the vagina between periods
- Periods that occur less than 28 days or more than 35 days apart
- Time between periods changes each month
- Bleeding that lasts for more than 7 days
- Heavier bleeding (such as passing large clots, needing to change protection during the night, soaking through a sanitary pad or tampon every hour for 2 or 3 hours in a row)
Treatments for this problem are categorised into two groups; hormonal and non-hormonal.
- Hormonal treatment will be considered for women with conditions that are listed below:
- For young patients up to age 18 a low-dose combination birth control pills treatment is recommended.
- High-dose estrogen therapy for women with heavy bleeding
- Low dose birth control pills
- Intrauterine device (IUD) that releases the hormone progestin
- Non-hormonal treatment will be considered for women with severe symptoms and do not get better with other treatment methods. These non-hormonal treatments are:
- A surgical procedure to destroy or remove the lining of the uterus
- Hysterectomy to remove the uterus