Metrorrhagia - Abnormal Bleeding
IntroductionMetrorrhagia is abnormal bleeding that occurs between periods or that is not associated with menstruation. There are many causes of metrorrhagia, including hormone imbalance, abnormal growths, pregnancy complications, and infection. It is important to contact your doctor if you experience metrorrhagia. There are a variety of treatments for metrorrhagia, depending on the cause of the condition.
SymptomsThe main symptom of metrorrhagia is light to heavy bleeding between regular menstrual periods. You may or may not experience cramps or abdominal pain with bleeding. A miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy may cause severe cramps with bleeding.
Am I at RiskFemales that have begun menstruating can experience metrorrhagia. It is especially concerning for post menopausal women because the risk of malignancy increases with age.
ComplicationsIt is important to contact your doctor if you experience metrorrhagia. In some cases, it may be associated with a serious condition, such as cancer. Women that experience symptoms of miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy should contact their doctors immediately.
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