Dysfunctional Uterine Bleeding (DUB)

What is Dysfunctional Uterine Bleeding (DUB)

Dysfunctional uterine bleeding is abnormal bleeding from the uterus. Dysfunctional uterine bleeding includes:

  • A period that comes earlier or later than usual.
  • A period that is lighter, heavier, or has blood clots.
  • Bleeding between periods.
  • Skipping one or more periods.
  • Bleeding after sexual intercourse.
  • Bleeding after menopause.

Follow these instructions at home:

Pay attention to any changes in your symptoms. Follow these instructions to help with your condition:

Eating and drinking

  • Eat well-balanced meals. Include foods that are high in iron, such as liver, meat, shellfish, green leafy vegetables, and eggs.
  • If you become constipated:
    • Drink plenty of water.
    • Eat fruits and vegetables that are high in water and fiber, such as spinach, carrots, raspberries, apples, and mango.


  • Take over-the-counter and prescription medicines only as told by your health care provider.
  • Do notchange medicines without talking with your health care provider.
  • Aspirin or medicines that contain aspirin may make the bleeding worse. Do nottake those medicines:
    • During the week before your period.
    • During your period.
  • If you were prescribed iron pills, take them as told by your health care provider. Iron pills help to replace iron that your body loses because of this condition.


  • If you need to change your sanitary pad or tampon more than one time every 2 hours:
    • Lie in bed with your feet raised (elevated).
    • Place a cold pack on your lower abdomen.
    • Rest as much as possible until the bleeding stops or slows down.
  • Do nottry to lose weight until the bleeding has stopped and your blood iron level is back to normal.

Other Instructions

  • For two months, write down:
    • When your period starts.
    • When your period ends.
    • When any abnormal bleeding occurs.
    • What problems you notice.
  • Keep all follow up visits as told by your health care provider. This is important.

Contact a health care provider if:

  • You get light-headed or weak.
  • You have nausea and vomiting.
  • You cannot eat or drink without vomiting.
  • You feel dizzy or have diarrhea while you are taking medicines.
  • You are taking birth control pills or hormones, and you want to change them or stop taking them.

Get help right away if:

  • You develop a fever or chills.
  • You need to change your sanitary pad or tampon more than one time per hour.
  • Your bleeding becomes heavier, or your flow contains clots more often.
  • You develop pain in your abdomen.
  • You lose consciousness.
  • You develop a rash.

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