Abnormal bleeding is a condition where an individual experiences certain symptoms, such as abnormal menstrual cycles or excessive vaginal bleeding. It can be caused by several factors including hormones, structural abnormalities in the uterus, and uterine myomas (fibroids). Abnormal bleeding can also result from certain medications or diseases.
If you are experiencing abnormal bleeding, it is important to visit your gynecologist for an accurate diagnosis. Your doctor can do a physical exam and order tests such as a Pap test or ultrasound to determine the underlying cause of the bleeding. Once the cause is determined, treatment options may include hormonal contraception, medications, or surgery. Hormonal contraceptives are usually prescribed first-line in cases of irregular periods or heavy vaginal bleeding.
In more serious cases, it may be necessary for a gynecologist to perform a procedure such as an endometrial ablation or hysterectomy. These procedures are typically used to treat excessive bleeding or uterine fibroids. Your doctor will discuss the risks and benefits of any procedure with you before it is done.
At The Center for TrueHarmony Wellness & Medicine, OB-GYNs & Naturopathic Gynecology, we understand how difficult it can be to experience abnormal bleeding. Our team is dedicated to providing you with compassionate and personalized care. Our experienced specialists will work with you to develop a treatment plan that meets your individual needs and helps you manage your symptoms effectively.
In gynecology, abnormal bleeding is considered any type of bleeding that occurs outside of a normal menstrual cycle. This includes excessive or heavy bleeding during your period, spotting between periods, prolonged and/or frequent menstrual cycles (more than 35 days), or irregular spotting throughout the month. It can also refer to post-menopausal bleeding, which is any type of vaginal bleeding 12months after menopause.
To prevent abnormal vaginal bleeding, it is important to speak with your healthcare provider about any changes in bleeding patterns and keep track of your menstrual cycles.
Treatment options may include hormonal contraception, medications, surgery (e.g., endometrial ablation or hysterectomy), lifestyle modifications such as exercising, reducing stress levels and eating a healthy diet.