Treatment of Abnormal Bleeding
Many women experience bleeding or spotting between periods at various times in their lives. Uterine bleeding is considered abnormal if it happens when you are not expecting a menstrual period or when menstrual flow is lighter or heavier than normal.
It is also considered abnormal if it occurs during a life stage when it is unexpected, such as before 10 years of age, during pregnancy or after menopause.
At Central Obstetrics and Gynecology in Columbus, GA we can help you determine if what you are experiencing is abnormal bleeding and take the necessary steps to treat it.
Causes of Abnormal Uterine Bleeding
It is normal for menstrual periods to be irregular at certain times of life. For the first few years after a girl begins to have periods (around age 9 to 16), they are often irregular.
As women approach menopause (around the age of 50), their periods once again may become irregular. Menstrual cycles that are longer than every 35 days (bleeding too seldom) or shorter than every 21 days (bleeding too often) are not normal.
Abnormal or heavy uterine bleeding may occur because of hormonal problems. Other causes of abnormal uterine bleeding include medications, other hormonal conditions, fibroids, uterine polyps and other anatomic conditions, coagulopathy, and pregnancy.
Diagnosis of Abnormal Bleeding
To diagnose abnormal uterine bleeding, your doctor will obtain a history of your health and do a physical exam. It is helpful for you to keep track of the dates and length of your periods by marking them on a calendar. Other tests may be needed based on your symptoms.
Treatments for Abnormal Uterine Bleeding
Your doctor may prescribe hormones, such as birth control pills, progesterone or thyroid medication that will cause your periods to be more regular and may improve other symptoms.
Some medications, such as anti-inflammatory drugs may be helpful for heavy bleeding.
IUD – a progesterone IUD that can effectively improve menstrual bleeding.
Some women with abnormal uterine bleeding will have surgery to remove growths (such as polyps or fibroids) or a hysterectomy.
If you feel that you are experiencing abnormal bleeding, call our Columbus ObGyn office today at (706) 507-6306 to set up an appointment or to talk to any of our highly qualified staff members. We look forward to serving you.
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