Objective: To summarize current knowledge and view of nomenclature, differential diagnosis and treatment of abnormal uterine bleeding.
Methods and results: Abnormal uterine bleeding (AUB) is a frequent medical condition, affecting 9-20% fertile-aged women, meaning also social issue, with impact on quality of life. There is general inconsistency in the nomenclature used to describe AUB. FIGO is presenting a new classification system derived from possible causes. Treatment options are medical hormonal or non-hormonal and surgical. Some of the medical options are widely used off-label.
Conclusion: AUB can impact on general physical, mental and social well being. Treatment must be individualised, taking the clinical problem in its entirety into account, including the impact of the disease and the effect of its treatment on quality of life, fertile functions and plans.