Metrorrhagia Overview

Metrorrhagia, also referred to as abnormal uterine bleeding, refers to vaginal bleeding among women that is not in sync with their normal menstrual period.  An example of metrorrhagia can be seen when a woman experiences a heavier, prolonged period of bleeding more often than the normal menstrual duration of 21 days, or farther apart than 35. The condition can normally be related to a hormonal imbalance and typically can be found among pre-menopausal women.  Hormone treatment using estrogen, the progestin pill, use of the levonorgestrel IUD or a daily birth control pill typically helps to relieve the symptoms of metrorrhagia. In rare cases, a hysterectomy might be needed when other treatments do not work.

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