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Some estrogens used to treat abnormal uterine bleeding are taken as pills. And some can be given through a vein (intravenous).
High levels of estrogen trigger the rapid
growth of the uterine lining (endometrium). This stops sudden, heavy
bleeding from the uterine surface.
estrogen is used to reduce sudden, heavy uterine
bleeding. Usually, 24 hours of
intravenous (IV) or oral (pills or tablets) estrogen
therapy is followed with 7 to 10 days of oral estrogen plus
perimenopause, when the body makes less estrogen, some
women take estrogen along with progestin to regulate the menstrual cycle and
abnormal uterine bleeding.
Estrogen therapy effectively
controls sudden, heavy uterine bleeding that is not caused by disease,
pregnancy complication, cancer, or another serious medical condition
(abnormal uterine bleeding).footnote 1
Recurrence. Abnormal uterine bleeding may return when treatment
with estrogen and progestin is stopped.
All medicines have side effects. But many people don't feel the side effects, or they are able to deal with them. Ask your pharmacist about the side effects of each medicine you take. Side effects are also listed in the information that comes with your medicine.
Here are some important things to think about:
Call 911 or other emergency services right away if you have:
Call your doctor if you have:
Common side effects of this medicine include:
See Drug Reference for a full list of side effects. (Drug
Reference is not available in all systems.)
Estrogen therapy is
typically not recommended if you have:
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Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
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Fritz MA, Speroff L (2011). Abnormal uterine bleeding. In Clinical Gynecologic Endocrinology and Infertility, 8th ed., pp. 591–620. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerSarah Marshall, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerKirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
Current as ofFebruary 20, 2015
Current as of:
February 20, 2015
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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