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Screening and Tests for Menorrhagia

Screening for menorrhagia usually begins with an evaluation of a woman’s medical history and a full physical exam, including a pelvic exam. Diagnosing this condition only occurs after the doctor rules out other medical conditions and menstrual disorders. Tests for and related to menorrhagia can include:

  • Blood tests
  • A Pap test, in which cervical cells are examined for precancerous or cancerous changes
  • Ultrasound
  • Endometrial biopsy, a procedure in which tissue samples are removed for examination to determine if cancer or other abnormal cells are present
  • Hysteroscopy, or a visual examination of the cervical canal and uterus using a lighted viewing instrument inserted through the vagina
  • Dilation and curettage (D&C), a common procedure in which the cervical canal is widened with a dilator and a curette is used to scrape the uterine cavity
  • Sonohystogram, an ultrasound conducted after fluid is injected into the uterus; this test allows doctors to look for problems in the uterine lining

Locations for Menorrhagia