How is abnormal uterine bleeding diagnosed?
Your healthcare provider will ask you several questions when working to diagnose abnormal uterine bleeding. These questions may include:
- What brings on the bleeding?
- What other symptoms are you experiencing?
- Are you pregnant?
Your healthcare provider will then do a physical exam, including:
- A pelvic exam
- An exam of the cervix
- A Pap smear
What tests will my healthcare provider order?
Your healthcare provider will order several tests when diagnosing abnormal uterine bleeding. These tests may include:
- A pregnancy test if you are not in menopause.
- Blood tests to check how your blood clots and do a complete blood count.
- A thyroid test. (Problems with thyroid function may be a sign that there is also a problem with ovary function.)
- Hormone levels.
- A hysteroscopic exam of the lining of your uterus (endometrium). This test is used to look for fibroids, polyps or signs of cancer.
- A pelvic ultrasound.
- A biopsy of the endometrium. This test is recommended if you:
- Are more than 35 years of age
- Have a family history
- Have risk factors for cancer