Approximately one in five women experience unpleasant and sometimes hard to manage uterine bleeding. Let the expert OB/GYNs at Oak Hills Women’s Center, P.A. help you calm down your bleeding and find its cause. Women in San Antonio, Texas, can call the office or book an appointment online for expert evaluation of abnormal bleeding and for ways to manage it.
Any bleeding a woman experiences between monthly periods is considered abnormal. Bleeding that lasts longer than seven days during a regular menstrual cycle or is extremely heavy — meaning you soak more than one pad or tampon every hour — is also considered abnormal.
Abnormal bleeding can result from structural abnormalities in the uterus. These include:
A bleeding disorder can also cause abnormal uterine bleeding.
Other possible causes of abnormal bleeding may be early pregnancy, as the embryo implants in the lining of the uterus. You may also have abnormal bleeding associated with polycystic ovary syndrome, a condition that involves an imbalance of hormones.
As you edge toward menopause, your periods may become irregular, too, and you experience abnormal cycles. If you’ve gone through menopause, any bleeding at all is considered abnormal and could indicate a health issue.
Your provider performs a full review of your medical history and a comprehensive pelvic exam to get at the reason you’re experiencing abnormal bleeding. They go over your symptoms in detail.
You may undergo a urine test to check for pregnancy and blood tests to check your clotting abilities. An ultrasound to check for fibroids or polyps may also be ordered.
The treatment for your abnormal uterine bleeding depends on the cause. If you have an obvious issue, such as fibroids or polyps, you may undergo laparoscopic surgery to have them removed.
In many cases, hormones in the form of birth control pills can help you manage abnormal uterine bleeding. In some women, progestin — administered by injection, implant, or IUD — can prevent heavy bleeding.
A hysterectomy can be a last resort treatment for excessive, uncomfortable uterine bleeding. Less drastic treatments are usually explored prior to making this treatment recommendation.
If you suffer from abnormal uterine bleeding, call the office of Oak Hills Women’s Center, P.A. or book an appointment online.