Irregular Bleeding

Irregular Bleeding

Irregular Bleeding diagnosis gwinnettOther than the first few years after a girl begins menstruating and the years approaching menopause (around age 50), the bleeding which occurs during a woman’s period is typically fairly consistent from one month to the next. However, it is not normal to experience bleeding between periods, bleeding after sex, an unexpectedly heavy or long-lasting period, or bleeding after menopause. If these symptoms occur, schedule an appointment with one of our providers, because they may be signs of pregnancy, miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, infections, abnormal growths, polycystic ovary syndrome, or other conditions.

 

Irregular Bleeding Treatment

The first step toward resolving irregular bleeding is determining what is causing it. It may be a simple case of a hormonal imbalance, or it may be an indicator of an underlying health issue. At Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett, we’ll start by conducting a physical exam. We may order blood work, which can evaluate your hormone levels and certain bleeding disorders. A urine pregnancy test may also be performed. Based on the results of these initial exams, you may need additional procedures to determine the cause of your abnormal bleeding. These may include ultrasound imaging, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), a sonohysterography (which uses fluid to create an image of the uterus), a hysteroscopy (which uses a thin tube with a tiny camera to examine the uterus), or a biopsy.

Treatment for irregular bleeding depends on the underlying cause. In many cases, abnormal bleeding can be treated with medication, such as hormones, birth control pills, or antibiotics. In certain situations, surgery may be needed. This may be the case if the bleeding is caused by conditions like fibroids, polyps, or endometriosis, or if other options have been unsuccessful.

 

Irregular Bleeding FAQs

How do I know if my menstrual bleeding is normal?
A full menstrual cycle extends from the first day of one period to the first day of the next. This cycle is expected to be 28 days, but a cycle of 21-35 days is considered to be normal. Vaginal bleeding is considered abnormal if you have bleeding between periods (including light bleeding called spotting), if your menstrual bleeding is heavier or lasts longer than normal, if you experience bleeding after sex, or if you are bleeding after menopause. Schedule an appointment at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett if you experience any signs of abnormal bleeding.

Can abnormal bleeding affect my fertility?
Depending on the cause of irregular bleeding, it may signal an underlying medical condition which could affect your ability to become pregnant. However, it is important not to make assumptions until you have seen a board-certified gynecologist to determine the cause of your bleeding irregularities.

 

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601 Professional Drive, Suite 330
Lawrenceville, Georgia 30046   
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