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Endometrial Hyperplasia causes symptoms treatments

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Updated July 17, 2009

What is hyperplasia?

Hyperplasia is a condition in which the lining of the uterus becomes too thick, which results in abnormal bleeding. Hyperplasia is thought to be caused by too much estrogen.

Depending on your age and how long you have had hyperplasia, your doctor may want to do a biopsy before beginning treatment to rule out cancer.

How is hyperplasia treated?

  • Hormone treatment with birth control pills or progesterone helps some women who have hyperplasia.
  • Hysterectomy is often recommended to treat hyperplasia. Because some types of hyperplasia can lead to cancer, your doctor will watch your condition carefully if you choose not to have a hysterectomy.

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Reprinted from the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR)

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