Abnormal uterine bleeding

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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]


Common Causes

Causes by Organ System

Cardiovascular No underlying causes
Chemical / poisoning No underlying causes
Dermatologic No underlying causes
Drug Side Effect Anticoagulants, Blood thinners, Breakthrough bleeding in women using hormonal birth control
Ear Nose Throat No underlying causes
Endocrine Diabetes, Hyperthyroidism, Hypothyroidism
Environmental No underlying causes
Gastroenterologic Liver disease
Genetic No underlying causes
Hematologic Clotting disorders, Von Willebrand disease
Iatrogenic Radiation therapy
Infectious Disease Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Uterine infection, Genitourinary tract infection
Musculoskeletal / Ortho No underlying causes
Neurologic No underlying causes
Nutritional / Metabolic No underlying causes
Obstetric/Gynecologic Adenomyosis, Atrophy of the tissue lining the vagina and uterus, Cervicitis, Ectopic pregnancy, Endometrial hyperplasia, Endometritis, First few months after the first menstrual period, First few weeks after abortion, First few weeks after delivery, Intrauterine device, Miscarriage, Ovarian cysts, Placenta previa, Polycystic ovarian syndrome, Retained products of conception, Uterine fibroids, Uterine polyps
Oncologic Cancer or precancer of the cervix , Cancer or precancer of the endometrium, Ovarian cancer, Uterine cancer, Uterine sarcoma, Vaginal cancer
Opthalmologic No underlying causes
Overdose / Toxicity No underlying causes
Psychiatric No underlying causes
Pulmonary No underlying causes
Renal / Electrolyte Chronic renal disease
Rheum / Immune / Allergy No underlying causes
Sexual Sexual abuse
Trauma Trauma
Urologic Genitourinary tract infection, Urethral polyps, Urethral prolapse
Dental No underlying causes
Miscellaneous Foreign body, Irritation of the genital area due to bubble baths, soaps, lotions or infection

Causes in Alphabetical Order