Abnormal uterine bleeding, including bleeding between periods, can be a sign of fibroids, polyps, or chronic conditions that affect your reproductive organs. If your periods seem out of the ordinary, schedule an exam at Cary OB/GYN. With state-of-the-art clinics in Cary and Morrisville, North Carolina, you have an office nearby to get the care you need. Contact us today to schedule your appointment at the office nearest you.
Abnormal Bleeding Q & A
What causes abnormal uterine bleeding?
Abnormal uterine bleeding is an umbrella term for all kinds of different conditions or issues that affect your monthly cycle. You may experience abnormal uterine bleeding because of:
- Bleeding disorders
- Hormonal changes
- Uterine fibroids or polyps
- Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
- Thickening of the lining of your uterus (the endometrium)
- Side effects from birth control, including an intrauterine device (IUD)
While less common, sometimes abnormal uterine bleeding stems from uterine or cervical cancer, which is why your abnormal periods are never something you should ignore.
When should I see a doctor for abnormal uterine bleeding?
You should schedule an evaluation at Cary OB/GYN if you’re experiencing any changes in your menstrual cycle, especially if they’re starting to lower your quality of life. Abnormal uterine bleeding can include any of the following issues.
- Bleeding or spotting between regular periods or after sexual intercourse
- Bleeding through heavy flow pads or tampons in a couple of hours
- Waking up in the middle of the night to change pads or tampons
- Menstrual cycles that last longer than 38 days
- Menstrual cycles that are shorter than 24 days
- Having periods that last more than a week
- Bleeding after menopause
If you’re experiencing abnormal uterine bleeding and are trying to get pregnant, the underlying issue could be causing infertility. The team of specialists at Cary OB/GYN evaluate you thoroughly, run any essential labs, perform a hysteroscopy, or request in-office ultrasound imaging (if needed) to get to the root of why you’re experiencing abnormal uterine bleeding and even having difficulty with conception.
How is abnormal uterine bleeding treated?
Once your OB/GYN better understands why you have abnormal uterine bleeding, they discuss all of your treatment options with you. Depending on the cause of your abnormal uterine bleeding, your treatment plan may include:
- Hormonal birth control
- Hormone replacement therapy (HRT)
- Gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonists (to stop your menstrual cycle)
If you have growths, such as fibroids, that are causing your abnormal uterine bleeding, you might need surgery. The highly skilled team at Cary OB/GYN use minimally invasive measures during surgery, so you can experience a faster recovery.
Before living another day with abnormal uterine bleeding, book an evaluation at Cary OB/GYN to get started on treatment. Contact us today to schedule your appointment at the office nearest you.