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When You Visit Your Doctor Dysfunctional Uterine Bleeding
Dysfunctional Uterine Bleeding
Questions to Discuss with Your Doctor:
Do you have regular menstrual cycles?
Is your bleeding always heavy or prolonged?
How old were you when you started menstruating?
How long ago did you develop abnormal bleeding?
Have you gone through menopause yet?
Are you sexually active?
When was your last period?
How many times have you been pregnant?
What was the outcome of each pregnancy (live births, miscarriages,
Have you ever had difficulty getting pregnant?
What medications are you taking (including over-the-counter
drugs and herbal remedies such as ginseng)?
Are you taking hormone replacement therapy or birth control pills?
Have you ever had medications injected (Depo-Provera or Norplant)
for birth control?
Have you ever taken estrogen or tamoxifen?
Are you taking warfarin or other blood thinners?
Have you ever had cancer of any type?
Have you ever had an abnormal Pap smear?
Do you bruise easily?
Do your gums bleed?
Do you get nosebleeds?
Do you have a blood-clotting abnormality or does one run in your
Do you have kidney or liver disease?
Your Doctor Might Examine the Following Body Structures or Functions:
Blood pressure, heart rate, weight
Your Doctor Might Order the Following Lab Tests or Studies:
Blood tests such as complete blood count, coagulation (clotting)
studies, and certain hormone tests (such as thyroid stimulating
hormone, cortisol, prolactin, follicle stimulating hormone, testosterone)