Managing Abnormal Uterine Bleeding
There are a number of different conditions that could potentially cause a woman to experience abnormal uterine bleeding. In many cases, however, there is no easy way to identify the cause of this problem. It is simply a matter of the woman shedding the lining of the uterus at times whenever she should not be experiencing her menstrual cycle. The flow of abnormal uterine bleeding can be anywhere from heavy to light and may last for a single day or could last throughout the entire month. It may also disrupt additional cycles, including the ovulation cycle.
You might be interested to know that abnormal uterine bleeding is not something that is new. As a matter of fact, the first instance of this type of problem that is recorded was recorded almost 2000 years ago. According to the Gospel of Luke, a woman with an abnormal flow of blood that she had for many years approached Jesus and touched the outer fringe of his garment in order to be healed. It is interesting to note that according to Jewish law she was considered unclean so should not have even been in the public area. She was instantly healed of the problem.
In modern times, there are a number of different ways that you can treat abnormal uterine bleeding and it really depends on why you are having a problem in the first place. One way in which this is commonly done is through the use of oral contraceptives. Contraceptives tend to suppress endometrial development, along with stabilizing the menstrual cycle in many cases. This is especially helpful if the woman has been exposed to prolonged episodes of estrogen treatment and has an additional buildup in the lining of her uterus. In many cases, the bleeding is brought under control within 24 hours as the contraceptive begins to work.
Other ways of treating this problem with drugs include the use of estrogen and progestins. These are used in specific cases, such as estrogen being used whenever the epithelial lining is no longer naturally covered. In the case of progestins, these are often given in the form of an oral contraceptive. Although these do tend to work within 12 to 24 hours for many patients, there are some instances when the bleeding continues.
If this is the case, the doctor may prescribe surgery in order to overcome this problem. A D&C is one of the more common operations that is given in this case. It is also possible for the doctor to check for the presence of polyps on the inside of the uterus that may be causing the bleeding problems. In more extreme cases, it might be necessary for the woman to have a hysterectomy in which the uterus is totally removed and the problem is resolved in that way.
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