You might go for a long time with abnormal bleeding without knowing that your bleeding isn’t normal. Abnormal bleeding could involve bleeding between periods or bleeding excessively during your period. The board-certified obstetrics and gynecology team at North Atlanta Ob/Gyn in Alpharetta, Marietta, and Atlanta, Georgia, can help you find the condition causing the abnormal bleeding and provide treatment. For high quality, individualized treatment, call North Atlanta Ob/Gyn or book an appointment online today.
If you have abnormal bleeding, you may experience uterine bleeding between your menstrual periods or excessively during your menstrual periods. A typical menstrual flow lasts for about five days. If you experience bleeding for longer than seven days per month, or if your periods are very irregular - shorter than 21 days or longer than 35 days - you also have abnormal uterine bleeding.
Abnormal bleeding may or may not come with other symptoms, including:
You should contact North Atlanta Ob/Gyn for an appointment for any kind of abnormal uterine bleeding. It’s especially urgent if you soak through your pads every hour or if you feel dizzy or faint due to the loss of blood.
There are many health conditions that can cause abnormal bleeding, so you should get a thorough evaluation that might include diagnostic testing at North Atlanta Ob/Gyn. A few of the most common causes are:
PCOS, one of the most common causes, is a condition that occurs when you have excess androgen levels, or male hormones. Many women with PCOS develop cysts in their ovaries because of the hormonal imbalance. It can cause you to grow extra hair on your face or body, and you may struggle to get pregnant.
To diagnose your abnormal uterine bleeding, your specialist at North Atlanta Ob/Gyn investigates the characteristics of your abnormal uterine bleeding. They also ask questions about the possibility of a pregnancy and whether or not you have any other symptoms outside of the bleeding.
Next, your provider gives you a comprehensive pelvic examination. They might also perform a Pap smear to test the cells of your cervix for abnormal characteristics. You may also need:
If you’re over 35, have a family history of certain complications, or are at risk for cancer, your provider might recommend an endometrial biopsy. During this test, they take a cell sample from the lining of your uterus and examine it under a microscope. They can test the endometrium for hormone imbalance, endometrial cancer, and other complications leading to abnormal bleeding.
After your North Atlanta Ob/Gyn provider diagnoses you, they create a treatment plan, according to the cause of your bleeding. Treating abnormal bleeding often involves hormonal treatments like hormonal birth control or progestin shots.
For structural abnormalities like polyps and fibroids, you might need minimally invasive surgery to remove them. Your provider may recommend procedures like dilation and curettage or endometrial ablation to remove the uterine lining and treat your abnormal bleeding. More extreme options, like hysterectomy, are often a last-resort treatment for abnormal bleeding.
If you bleed between periods or excessively during your periods, book your evaluation for abnormal bleeding by phone or online at North Atlanta Ob/Gyn today.