Abnormal Uterine Bleeding

Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Marietta and Powder Springs, GA

Abnormal Uterine Bleeding

About Abnormal Uterine Bleeding

Experiencing heavy vaginal bleeding is concerning. Fortunately, you can rely on the medical team at Marietta OB-GYN Affiliates, for an accurate diagnosis, which can alleviate your worries. The team has expertise in abnormal uterine bleeding and provides effective treatment. Call the office nearest you — they have two in Marietta and one in Powder Springs, Georgia. You can also click online to schedule an appointment anytime.

Abnormal Uterine Bleeding Q&A

What is abnormal uterine bleeding?

Abnormal uterine bleeding (AUB), also known as dysfunctional uterine bleeding (DUB), refers to any irregularities in your menstrual cycle that deviate from your typical pattern of menstruation. 

It can manifest as heavy bleeding, prolonged bleeding, bleeding between periods, or unpredictable menstrual cycles. 

What causes abnormal uterine bleeding?

Several factors can contribute to abnormal uterine bleeding, including:

Hormonal imbalances

Fluctuations in hormone levels, particularly estrogen and progesterone, can disrupt your normal menstrual cycle, leading to irregular bleeding patterns.

Uterine fibroids

Noncancerous growths in your uterus can cause heavy or prolonged menstrual bleeding.

Endometrial polyps

Benign growths in the lining of your uterus can lead to irregular bleeding.


This condition causes the tissue that lines your uterus to grow into the muscular wall of your uterus, resulting in heavy or prolonged menstrual bleeding.

Endometrial hyperplasia

Abnormal thickening of your uterine lining can cause irregular bleeding and may increase the risk of uterine cancer.

Ovulation disorders

Conditions such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) can disrupt ovulation and lead to irregular menstrual cycles.

What are the symptoms of abnormal uterine bleeding?

Symptoms of abnormal uterine bleeding may include:

  • Heavy menstrual bleeding, requiring frequent changing of pads or tampons
  • Prolonged menstrual bleeding lasting more than seven days
  • Bleeding between periods, known as intermenstrual bleeding
  • Irregular menstrual cycles with unpredictable timing of periods
  • Bleeding after menopause

If you experience any of these symptoms, book an appointment at Marietta OB-GYN Affiliates for an accurate diagnosis and treatment.

How is abnormal uterine bleeding treated?

At Marietta OB-GYN Affiliates, your provider first identifies the underlying cause of your abnormal uterine bleeding before determining the right treatment for you, which may include the following:

  • Hormonal therapy (birth control pills, hormonal IUDs, or other hormonal medications)
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (e.g., ibuprofen)
  • Endometrial ablation 
  • Uterine artery embolization (blocks blood flow to the uterus)

In some cases, your physician may recommend surgical interventions, such as hysterectomy (removal of the uterus), especially if other treatments have been ineffective or if you have an underlying condition, such as cancer.

If you have abnormal uterine bleeding, schedule an appointment today with the Marietta OB-GYN Affiliates. Call or book online today.