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How to Tell If You Have Abnormal Uterine Bleeding

Fibroids are extraordinarily common. 25% of all women have fibroids, 40% of African-American women have fibroids, and they tend to be familial or hereditary. If your mother or sister or aunts have fibroids, you have an increased likelihood of also having fibroids. The normal menstrual cycle is roughly 28 days in length, with bleeding lasting three or four days. If you start to get heavier or more frequent bleeding or bleeding that is lasting for a longer period of time, you need to consult your gynecologist to find out the reason for this. Very commonly, due to the high prevalence of fibroids, fibroids would be the underlying reason for heavy bleeding. In those cases, an ultrasound will often be done as the initial test to determine that the fibroids are indeed the cause. Afterward, if you’re considering a minimally invasive treatment such as Uterine Fibroid Embolization, performed here at American Endovascular, we often recommend an MRI to get a better picture of the fibroids, so we can provide the best and the most appropriate treatment. Learn more at

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