When it's not just a period
Abnormal Uterine Bleeding
Tolerating long, heavy, painful periods isn't healthy.
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What is AUB?
The simple definition of Abnormal Uterine Bleeding (AUB) is a condition that results in uterine bleeding outside the normal volume, duration, regularity or frequency.
AUB is much more complicated than just blood flow during the menstrual cycle.
It's a condition with a variety of causes and symptoms. It can turn your period cycle upside down, and no two women have the same experience.
So, yeah. AUB is a beast.
Want to talk to your doctor about AUB but not sure where to start?
Symptoms of AUB
You may have seen or heard the term Heavy Menstrual Bleeding (HMB).
HMB is referred to by physicians as a subset of AUB.
Women who experience AUB have many other symptoms that significantly impact their personal and professional lives on top of the symptoms of HMB.
irregular bleeding or spotting between periods, during or after sex
pain in the abdomen, lower back or rectum
pain during intercourse
pressure on bowels & bladder
anemia (from blood loss)
enlarged uterus & abdomen
passing large clots
bleeding after menopause
The price of AUB
The costs of period products, pain relief, hormone treatments and replacing ruined underwear add up. Factor in lost income due to AUB’s impact on women’s work lives, and it’s plain to see that AUB is a significant economic burden for women.1
A woman with AUB spends 35% more on period essentials
Average period (lifetime)
AUB period (lifetime)
You have options
In a survey of 6,000+ women who were diagnosed as having AUB or felt their
periods were heavier than normal:
41% believed there were no treatment options available for them2
Minerva designs and manufactures minimally invasive devices that enable gynecologists to offer technologically advanced treatments for the common causes of Abnormal Uterine Bleeding (AUB).
These treatments are
Minerva is dedicated to the advancement of modern uterine healthcare. We hope you find the information you need here to understand AUB and make informed choices that are right for you.
You have options. And what you are dealing with is worthy of being treated.
Improve your uterine health with Minerva's suite of minimally invasive, modern technologies for the treatment of fibroids, polyps and the endometrium.
What existing studies tell us is disturbing
Women with AUB report a quality of life that is below the 25th percentile of the general population.1 Meaning, she is not living anything close to her best life.
This is unacceptable.
What causes AUB?
For decades, women lacked a clear understanding of the causes of AUB symptoms. And physicians lacked a clear method of diagnosing and explaining the condition.
Today, physicians place the causes of AUB into two categories: structural and non-structural causes.
Examples of structural causes are polyps and fibroids.
Hormonal imbalances that affect the endometrium are an example of non-structural causes of AUB.
Learn more about the causes of AUB and how they impact your uterus and period.
Do you know your uterus?
When all the pain and discomfort you feel comes from that general direction, it's pretty easy to assume it's your uterus.
Let's see how AUB affects your uterus.
You deserve to be heard
A consultation with a gynecologist who understands AUB is what you need and deserve.
- Liu Z, Doan QV, Blumenthal P, Dubois RW. A systematic review evaluating health-related quality of life, work impairment, and health-care costs and utilization in abnormal uterine bleeding. Value Health. 2007 May-Jun;10(3):183-94. doi: 10.1111/j.1524-4733.2007.00168.x. PMID: 17532811.
- Henry C, Ekeroma A, Filoche S. Barriers to seeking consultation for abnormal uterine bleeding: systematic review of qualitative research. BMC Womens Health. 2020;20(1):123. Published 2020 Jun 12. doi:10.1186/s12905-020-00986-8.
- Whitaker L, Critchley HO. Abnormal uterine bleeding. Best Pract Res Clin Obstet Gynaecol. 2016;34:54-65. doi:10.1016/j.bpobgyn.2015.11.012.
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