Abornomal uterine bleeding, also known as dysfunctional uterine bleeding, is any irregular bleeding from the vagina: bleeding between periods, bleeding after sex, spotting anytime in the menstrual cycle, bleeding heavier or for more days than normal or bleeding after menopause.
Abnormal uterine bleeding can have many causes. Some causes are minor, such as stress or weight fluctuations, while others can be more serious.
Finding the cause is the first step in treatment, but AUB remains one of the most difficult conditions to diagnose. New, minimally invasive procedures, such as a sonohysterography, a diagnostic ultrasound of the female pelvic organs, may help physicians with diagnoses in the future.
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