Abnormal uterine bleeding (AUB) is most likely to happen to women:
If you are between the ages of 40 and 50 and you're pre-menopausal, you're at a higher risk for AUB. Fifty percent of patients with AUB are older than 45. But if you've just begun to menstruate, you may find similar problems with AUB. If you're past menopause and you aren't taking any hormones, any uterine bleeding you may be experiencing is considered abnormal.
These surgical options may be recommended if drug therapy fails:
These are the options currently available. Hysterectomy is also an option but other less radical treatments should be considered first.
Which of the following is NOT a medical cause of AUB?
There is no known connection between coronary artery disease and AUB. Other factors that can cause AUB include the Copper-T IUD (which may also cause heavy periods) and chronic medical problems, such as diabetes.
Which of the following is NOT considered a procedure used to diagnose AUB?
A mammogram is an x-ray procedure used to take pictures of your breast and is not used for uterine problems. Ultrasound, diagnostic hysteroscopy and endometrial ablation are among the options used to diagnose options for AUB. In an endometrial biopsy, some tissue is removed from the lining of your uterus by a gentle scraping method. The tissue will be analyzed under a microscope to identify a potential problem. In an ultrasound, high frequency sound waves are reflected off of pelvic structures to provide an image without the use of x-ray. And in a diagnostic hysteroscopy, your health care professional will look into your uterine cavity through a miniature telescope-like instrument called a hysteroscope.
Which of the following surgical procedures is the only one that guarantees your bleeding problems will end completely?
A successful hysterectomy is the only surgical procedure that guarantees your problems with bleeding will end. However, you will be infertile after a hysterectomy. If you are considering future pregnancies, this procedure may not be an option for you.
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