Dysfunctional Uterine Bleeding (cont.)
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Usually dysfunctional uterine bleeding (DUB) results from unpredictable hormonal changes, so it cannot be prevented. But being overweight can affect your hormone production, which increases your risk for irregular menstrual bleeding. If you are overweight, losing weight may help prevent dysfunctional uterine bleeding.
You can use home treatment for some problems related to dysfunctional uterine bleeding (DUB).
For menstrual pain and heavy bleeding, you can use a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), such as over-the-counter ibuprofen. This type of medicine lowers prostaglandins, which cause menstrual pain, and reduces bleeding during your period. An NSAID works best when you start taking it 1 to 2 days before you expect pain to start. If you don't know when your period will start next, take your first dose of an NSAID as soon as bleeding or premenstrual pain starts. Take regular doses of the NSAID, as directed.
Treating dysfunctional uterine bleeding (DUB) with medicines has fewer risks but doesn't always work as well as surgical treatment. If you plan to become pregnant in the future, or if you are nearing the time when your menstrual periods will stop (menopause), you may want to try medicines first.
Goals of medicine treatment
The goal of medicine treatment for dysfunctional uterine bleeding is to reduce or eliminate blood loss. This can be done in one or both of the following ways:
There are several hormone therapies for managing dysfunctional uterine bleeding. These treatments help reduce bleeding and regulate the menstrual cycle:
A medicine called tranexamic acid (such as Lysteda) is sometimes used for women who have bleeding that is heavier than normal. This medicine is not a hormone. It prevents bleeding by helping blood to clot. Talk to your doctor to find out if this option is right for you.
What to think about
Intravenous estrogen therapy is typically used when severe blood loss must be quickly stopped.
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