Abnormal uterine bleeding in the adolescent

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Abnormal Uterine Bleeding (AUB) refers to menstrual bleeding abnormal in quantity, duration, or schedule in a nonpregnant female. In adolescent females, non-structural etiologies of AUB are far more common than structural causes. The evaluation of AUB in adolescents therefore focuses on these etiologies. Bleeding disorders such as von Willebrand's Disease, or ovulatory dysfunction due to an immature hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis or other hormonal etiologies such as polycystic ovarian syndrome, are the most common causes in adolescent girls. Management of AUB depends not only on etiology, but also on the patient's hemodynamic status, degree of anemia, sexual history, presence of estrogen contraindications, and whether the patient is actively bleeding on presentation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Child and Adolescent Health, First Edition
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9780128188736
ISBN (Print)9780128188729
StatePublished - Jan 1 2023


  • Abnormal uterine bleeding
  • Anovulation
  • AUB
  • Breakthrough bleeding
  • Heavy menstrual bleeding
  • HMB
  • HPO axis
  • Irregular bleeding
  • Irregular menses
  • Menorrhagia
  • Menstrual cycle
  • Menstrual dysfunction
  • Polymenorrhea

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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