Excessive uterine bleeding, both at the usual time of menstrual periods and at other irregular intervals. This can be a sign of hormone imbalance, endometriosis, benign fibroid tumors in the uterus, and, rarely, cancer. Women who have abnormal menstrual bleeding should always consult their physician to rule out these conditions. Anemia may also result. Treatment depends on the cause: if there does not appear to be a dangerous cause, such as cancer, hormone supplementation or the therapeutic use of birth control pills to better control the menstrual cycle may be recommended.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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