Dysfunctional uterine bleeding (DUB) is a condition that affects nearly every woman at some point in her life. Also called abnormal uterine bleeding (AUB), DUB is a condition that causes vaginal bleeding to occur outside of the regular menstrual cycle. It is most common during puberty and menopause, but can occur any time that hormones are imbalanced. Certain hormonal conditions and medications may also trigger DUB.
Causes---The main cause of dysfunctional uterine bleeding is an imbalance in the sex hormones. Girls experiencing puberty and women entering menopause can have imbalanced hormone levels for months or even years. This causes sporadic bleeding, heavy bleeding, and/or spotting. Spotting is bleeding that is lighter than a normal menstrual period. It often appears brown, pink, or light red.
The hormonal imbalances that cause DUB can also be side effects of medical conditions or of medications themselves.
Medical---Medical conditions that often cause dysfunctional uterine bleeding are:
Polycystic ovary syndrome--- This is an endocrine disorder that causes a woman to produce an increased amount of sex hormones. This may lead to an imbalance in estrogen and progesterone, making the menstrual cycle irregular.
Endometriosis---This condition results when the uterine lining grows outside of the uterus, such as on the ovaries. Endometriosis often causes heavy bleeding during regular periods.
Uterine polyps-----These small growths occur within the uterus. Although their cause is unknown, polyp growth is heavily influenced by the hormone estrogen. Small blood vessels in the polyps can cause DUB.
Uterine fibroids--Uterine fibroids are small growths that occur within the uterus, uterine lining, or uterine muscle. Like polyps, the causes of uterine fibroids are unknown. But estrogen seems to play a role in their growth.
Sexually transmitted diseases, STD---STDs that cause lesions, like gonorrhea and chlamydia, may lead to DUB. Bleeding caused by STDs usually occurs after sex, when the lesions are aggravated.
Medications----Certain medications can also cause dysfunctional uterine bleeding, including:
- birth control pills
- hormonal agents
- Warfarin (Coumadin)
Symptoms----The most common symptom of DUB is bleeding outside of your normal periods. It can also occur within your menstrual cycle. In this case, it might include:
- heavy menstrual bleeding
- bleeding that contains many clots or large clots
- bleeding that lasts more than seven days
- bleeding that occurs less than 21 days from the last cycle
Other common DUB symptoms are:
- bleeding between periods
- breast tenderness
Homoeopathy today is a rapidly growing system and is being practiced all over the world. It strength lies in its evident effectiveness as it takes a holistic approach towards the sick individual through promotion of inner balance at mental, emotional, spiritual and physical levels. When dysfunctional uterine bleeding is concerned there are many effective medicines available in Homoeopathy , but the selection depends upon the individuality of the patient , considering mental and physical symptoms.
SABINA 30-----Sabina is one of the top remedies for dysfunctional uterine bleeding with sexual excitement. The blood is partly fluid and partly clotted. Menses too profuse too early, gushing of hot watery bright red blood mixed with clots. Severe uterine pain extend into thighs. Pain from sacrum to pubis and from below upwards. Shooting pain up the vagina. Another symptom is increased desire for sex.
THLASPI BURSA PASTORIS 3X---Thlaspi bursa pastoris another effective remedy for dysfunctional uterine bleeding with violent uterine pains , which is colicky or cramping in nature. Every alternate period very profuse. Leucorrhea before and after menses, bloody dark offensive. Sore pain in uterus on rising. Scarcely recovers from one period before another begins. Backache accompanied with bleeding. Large clots may accompanying the blood. Bleedimna may be due to fibroids, or cancer of uterus.
TRILLIUM PENDULUM Q---Trillium pendulum is one of the top remedies for dysfunctional uterine bleeding with severe pain. In hip and back. Menses even two weeks. Uterine haemorrhages with sensation as though hip and back were falling to pieces, better tight bandages. Gushing of bright blood on least movement. Hemorrhage due to uterine fibroids. There is a feeling of bearing down sensation, prolapsed uterus.
CHINA OFF 30---China is prescribed for dysfunctional bleeding with fainting, convulsions and great weakness. The blood is dark in color. Menses too early, dark, profuse, clotted with abdominal distension.
CALCAREA CARB 30----Calcarea carb is excellent for dysfunctional uterine bleeding with headache, colic , chilliness and leucorrhea. Cutting pain in uterus during menstruation. Menses too early, too profuse, too long with vertigo, toothache and cold damp feet, the least excitement causes their return. Calcarea carb persons are fat, flabby and fair. They have a special craving for boiled eggs and indigestible things like chalk, pencils etc. Bleeding due to uterine fibroids.
PHOSPHORUS 200----Phosphorus is prescribed for frequent and profuse or short uterine bleeding between the periods due to fibroids, uterine polyps or cancer. This may also happens in nursing women. Menses too early and scanty, not profuse , but last too long.
SEPIA 30—Sepia is effective for dysfunctional uterine bleeding during menopause. Along with bleeding menopausal symptoms like hot flushes, irritability and sadness are seen. Indifferent to her loved ones. There is a feeling of bearing down sensation in the uterus.
CHAMOMILLA 30---Chamomilla is effective is effective for dysfunctional uterine bleeding from anger with forcing pains. Flow dark and clotted.
AMBRA GRISEA 30—Ambra grisea is considered for discharge of blood between periods , due to exertion, at least incident. Worse after hard stools, walking a little longer etc.