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Abnormal uterine bleeding occurs when women lose too much blood during their menstrual cycle
Heavy Menstrual Bleeding
Dysfunctional Uterine Bleeding
Menstrual flow that soaks through one or more sanitary pads or tampons every hour
The need to use double sanitary protection to control menstrual flow
The need to change sanitary protection during the night
Menstrual periods lasting longer than seven days
Menstrual flow that includes large blood clots
Heavy menstrual flow that interferes with a woman’s regular lifestyle
Constant pain in the lower abdomen during menstrual periods
Bleeding or spotting between periods
Bleeding after menopause
What Affects Abnormal Uterine Bleeding?
Abnormal uterine bleeding can occur when a women ovulates irregularly, which is common in the teenage and perimenopausal age group. However, abnormal uterine bleeding can occur at any time during a woman’s reproductive life.
On average, a normal menstrual flow typically occurs every 21-28 days. With normal menstruation, women lose about 2 to 2½ ounces of blood (in addition to fluid) during each period. Simple changes that include stress level, diet changes, exercise routine, recent weight gain or loss, or trying a new birth control method can all affect a woman’s menstrual flow.