A menstrual cycle is a part of normal life for most women, but abnormal bleeding can cause discomfort and may indicate a bigger problem. Midatlantic OBGYN provides evidence-based care to help regulate abnormal bleeding. The practice offers convenient locations in Centreville and Leesburg, Virginia. Call today or book a consultation online for abnormal bleeding treatment.
During the reproductive years, your period generally lasts about 2-7 days and occurs every 21 to 35 days. Bleeding that doesn’t follow this pattern doesn’t necessarily mean you have an underlying health issue. For example, as you enter perimenopause, your menstrual cycle becomes less regular, and you can expect spotting and periods that are longer, shorter, or heavier than usual.
Even so, some signs of abnormal bleeding include:
Also, any bleeding after menopause is a concern and is a good reason to contact Midatlantic OBGYN.
There are many causes of abnormal bleeding. These include:
The skilled team at Midatlantic OBGYN can identify the cause of your abnormal uterine bleeding and recommend steps to address and regulate your cycle.
Expect your provider at Midatlantic OBGYN to ask you to describe your abnormal bleeding in detail. They typically perform a pelvic exam and a bedside ultrasound during your visit to look for abnormalities.
In some cases, you may need a more powerful diagnostic test called a hysteroscopy. This test enables your provider to view your uterus with a tiny camera. Once they determine the source of your bleeding, they recommend a treatment plan that’s right for you.
The cause of your abnormal bleeding may not be harmful to your health and may have an easy treatment. With hormonal issues, your doctor may recommend taking birth control containing estrogen, progesterone, or a combination of both hormones, to alleviate the bleeding and regulate your cycle.
If hormonal birth control does not work or is not an option because of health reasons, you may benefit from NovaSure® endometrial ablation, a treatment that offers a 90% success rate at reducing or eliminating abnormal bleeding, although results vary. The treatment is only appropriate if you’re done having children due to the risk of pregnancy complications.
Your doctor performs endometrial ablation with minimal sedation and local anesthesia. Endometrial ablation allows for a quick recovery. You can resume your normal activities shortly after your procedure.
Other surgical options to address abnormal bleeding include:
For expert diagnosis and treatment of abnormal bleeding, call Midatlantic OBGYN today or schedule your consultation online.