What are the causes of abnormal vaginal bleeding?

Abnormal menstrual bleeding can result due to a number of conditions such as uterine fibroidsBenign tumours, most often in the uterus., polypsGrowths on the surface of a mucous membrane (a surface that secretes mucous), lining any body cavity that opens to the outside of the body., adenomyosis of the wombThe uterus., thickening of the womb lining or, rarely, endometrialRelating to the endometrium. or cervicalRelating either to the cervix (the neck of the womb) or to the cervical vertebrae in the neck (cervical spine). cancerAbnormal, uncontrolled cell division resulting in a malignant tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body.. How can you know whether your irregular or heavy periods are a symptom of something more serious?

An excellent article written in plain English by Consultant Gynaecologist, Mr Ertan Saridogan, describes the causes of abnormal vaginal bleeding and the additional symptoms they cause. The heavy periods discussed by Mr Saridogan include von Willebrand Disease, hormonal disorders and problems with bloodA fluid that transports oxygen and other substances through the body, made up of blood cells suspended in a liquid. clotting or blood thinning medication.

For further information about endometriosis or the other causes of irregular and heavy periods please click here.

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