Management of heavy menstrual bleeding in adolescents

Curr Opin Obstet Gynecol. 2012 Oct;24(5):275-80. doi: 10.1097/GCO.0b013e3283562bcb.


Purpose of review: Heavy menstrual bleeding (HMB) is an extremely common problem among adolescents. This article reviews the differential diagnosis and clinical presentation. Additionally, we aim to present the most up-to-date guidelines for evaluation and treatment.

Recent findings: Bleeding disorders are now recognized as a common cause for menorrhagia. The recommended laboratory evaluation has evolved in the last few years. Most forms of hormonal contraception, including the levonorgestrel intra-uterine device, are effective and have been studied in adolescents.

Summary: HMB is prevalent in the adolescent population and is associated with serious complications. Laboratory analysis to rule out bleeding disorders should be considered. Medical management, the cornerstone of treatment, has been proven to be safe and effective in this population.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Menorrhagia / diagnosis*
  • Menorrhagia / etiology
  • Menorrhagia / therapy*
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic