Diagnosing abnormal uterine bleeding
When you first meet with your doctor about your abnormal bleeding, he/she will discuss how often, how long, and how much you have been bleeding. If you have any changes in your uterine bleeding that affect your daily routine, discuss them with your doctor.
Changes to look for include
heavy bleeding during your period, bleeding after sex and other symptoms.
Diagnosing the cause of abnormal uterine bleeding starts with a complete medical history and may also include a physical exam, a pelvic exam and a Pap smear (a screening for cervical cancer).
Common diagnostic tests to determine cause of uterine bleeding can or may include:
Blood tests—check for certain diseases and conditions
Endometrial biopsy–collection of a small tissue sample from the lining of your uterus
Hysteroscopy–a procedure using a small scope to view the inside of your uterus and cervix
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)—uses a magnetic field and radio waves to create detailed images
Sonohysterography–an ultrasound exam using fluid to fill the uterus and show details of the uterus lining
Ultrasound–uses high-frequency sound waves to capture live images from the inside of your body
you have been diagnosed with abnormal uterine bleeding, your doctor will
discuss your medical and surgical treatment options.
Think you might have
abnormal uterine bleeding? Make an appointment with one of our Women's Health experts.