Though each woman has a slightly different menstrual cycle, a period should be regular, and the bleeding shouldn’t be heavy. If you have abnormal bleeding, the experienced physicians and midwives at Obstetricians & Gynecologists, PC, diagnose the problem and provide individualized treatment. You should always have an evaluation for abnormal bleeding to make sure you don’t have a gynecologic problem that could cause complications. To schedule an appointment, call the office in Hastings or Grand Island, Nebraska, or use the online booking feature today.
Abnormal bleeding refers to three potential problems:
That includes bleeding that occurs between your normal menstrual periods, as well as bleeding after sexual intercourse and after menopause.
Many women don’t realize that their normal flow may be too heavy. You have heavy bleeding when:
You may also pass blood clots the size of a quarter or larger.
Young girls can expect irregular periods when they first start menstruating and, for women, in the years before menopause. Beyond those two stages, you should menstruate on a regular cycle, with 24-38 days between each period and periods that don’t last longer than 7-8 days.
Abnormal bleeding has many possible causes, including:
In addition to gynecologic conditions, you can develop abnormal bleeding due to other underlying health problems and lifestyle factors. For example, stress, thyroid disorders, eating disorders, uncontrolled diabetes, and obesity can all result in abnormal bleeding.
After your Obstetricians & Gynecologists, PC, provider completes a pelvic exam, they may need to do other diagnostic tests such as blood work or ultrasound imaging to determine the cause of your abnormal bleeding.
Medication is often the first treatment for most causes of abnormal bleeding. You may need nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or hormone-based medications that can regulate your bleeding, diminish the flow, or reduce the size of fibroids.
If your abnormal bleeding persists, your provider may recommend a minimally invasive procedure or surgery to repair the underlying condition. A few examples include:
If your family is complete, your provider removes the lining of your uterus to stop or significantly diminish abnormal bleeding.
Myomectomy is a minimally invasive procedure to remove uterine fibroids.
Uterine artery embolization treats fibroids by cutting off their blood supply. Without blood, the fibroids shrink and die off.
Your provider may talk with you about a hysterectomy to remove your uterus, but only after you have other less invasive treatments and you’re sure you don’t want to have more children.
Women should never put up with abnormal bleeding. To schedule an appointment, call Obstetricians & Gynecologists, PC, or book online today.