Abnormal uterine bleeding includes bleeding between periods and prolonged or excessive bleeding during your period. Our expert OB/GYN team at The Howard Center diagnoses and treats all types of abnormal bleeding at eight locations in Tifton, Leesburg, Douglas, Valdosta, Warner Robins, Waycross, Moultrie & Covington, Georgia. If you’re concerned about abnormal uterine bleeding, call the nearest office today or request an appointment online.
Abnormal uterine bleeding is bleeding that’s longer or heavier than your normal period. Bleeding or spotting in-between monthly periods or after sex is also abnormal.
A typical menstrual cycle is 21-38 days, with periods lasting about 4-8 days. Menstrual cycles that are shorter or longer than this, and those that vary by more than 7-9 days from month to month, are considered abnormal.
If you experience abnormal uterine bleeding, you’re not alone. As many as 35% of women across the globe may have abnormal uterine bleeding. However, because abnormal bleeding often goes unreported, it’s unclear exactly how many women it affects.
It’s important to tell your provider at The Howard Center about any abnormal bleeding symptoms you experience because they may indicate an underlying problem that needs treatment. Our compassionate OB/GYNs understand this is a sensitive subject and go above and beyond to make you feel comfortable.
Many conditions can cause abnormal bleeding. Some of the most common causes include:
Problems with certain birth control methods, such as intrauterine devices (IUDs), can also cause abnormal bleeding.
Hormonal changes in the years leading up to menopause can make your periods heavier, longer, and more or less frequent. Any uterine bleeding after menopause is abnormal and requires medical attention.
First, your provider at The Howard Center reviews your symptoms and medical history. They perform a pelvic exam and may take various tests, such as a Pap test and ultrasound, to determine the cause of your abnormal bleeding.
More advanced tests may include hysteroscopy to visually examine the inside of your uterus, diagnostic laparoscopy, and an endometrial biopsy to check for cancer.
After they diagnose the cause of the abnormal bleeding, our team at The Howard Center recommends the more appropriate course of treatment. Depending on your needs, treatment for abnormal uterine bleeding may include:
Our team at The Howard Center has extensive expertise with minimally invasive surgery, including hysterectomy, myomectomy, and endometrial ablation procedures.
Don’t hesitate to seek treatment for abnormal bleeding; call The Howard Center today or request an appointment online.