Uterine bleeding that is excessively heavy, lasts for too long, or occurs irregularly or between periods is considered abnormal. Many women experience some abnormal bleeding occasionally. Perhaps your period happens to last 10 days once in a while, or the bleeding is sometimes heavy.
Occasional changes in uterine bleeding usually aren’t a concern. However, it’s wise to check in with your gynecologist when issues last three consecutive months or longer. Board-certified OB/GYN Dr. Kiran Patel and board-certified family medicine physician Dr. Leela Patel routinely help patients manage abnormal bleeding.
Every woman is different, so it’s important to monitor your period and consider what is normal. This blog discusses abnormal bleeding in detail, so you’ll know when to see your health care provider.
The impact of abnormal bleeding
Abnormal uterine bleeding can cause anxiety and distress, especially when you have excessively heavy periods. This can negatively impact your productivity and social activities. Some women find themselves canceling social engagements and missing work and school days when their periods are too heavy.
Others worry about leaks and having ready access to a restroom. Your period is considered abnormally heavy when you change tampons or pads every 1-2 hours. In other instances, bleeding occurring outside your regular period can also cause distress and requires evaluation.
If abnormal bleeding negatively impacts your daily life, it’s a good idea to talk to a gynecologist about your option for managing it.
What causes abnormal bleeding?
Having your abnormal bleeding evaluated is an essential part of determining the source and cause and the most appropriate option for managing it. In some instances, no specific cause is found. Polyps (noncancerous growths) and endometriosis (abnormal growth of endometrial tissue) are two common causes of abnormal bleeding.
Hormonal problems like polycystic ovary syndrome and other ovulatory dysfunction can cause abnormal bleeding. Dr. Patel will evaluate these underlying conditions. If an underlying condition is found to cause your abnormal bleeding, our team will discuss the next steps in helping you get relief.
Treatment approaches for abnormal bleeding
The most appropriate treatment for your abnormal bleeding will depend on the results of your evaluation, which may provide insight into the cause. For instance, if endometriosis is behind your abnormal bleeding, medications to shrink the endometrial lining may help. Surgery to remove polyps helps to address abnormal bleeding related to polyps.
In other instances, hormonal contraceptives can help regulate your cycle and improve abnormal bleeding. Once you come in for an evaluation, our team will provide guidance every step of the way and see things through to a helpful resolution.
Don’t put off getting help for abnormal bleeding
If you notice abnormal bleeding, schedule a visit with the women’s health team at Patel & Patel MD, INC. After ruling out underlying severe conditions, our team will discuss ways to manage your abnormal bleeding so your daily life isn’t as impacted. To get started, schedule an appointment with us by calling our South Charleston, West Virginia, office. A knowledgeable team member will assist you in getting scheduled.