Abnormal uterine bleeding is hard to detect — enough so that up to 35% of women in the world may have it at any one time. If the blood from your vaginal canal falls outside the parameters of your normal menstrual period, the team at Comprehensive Women’s OB/GYN in Duluth and Dunwoody, Georgia, can evaluate you to find out why. Book your examination by phone or request an appointment online at your nearest Comprehensive Women’s OB/GYN location today.
Sometimes, uterine bleeding is no cause for concern. You’ve likely fallen into the routine of expecting a monthly period and managing it for several days. If your uterus bleeds outside of this predictable cycle, it could be a sign of something more serious than shedding the lining of your uterus.
Abnormal uterine bleeding can occur between your monthly periods or during them. Characteristics of abnormal uterine bleeding may be:
Sometimes, bleeding outside the parameters of a normal period doesn’t seem like a cause for concern. If something seems unusual at any time during your cycle, you should bring it up with the team at Comprehensive Women’s OB/GYN.
There are many possible underlying causes of abnormal uterine bleeding, making it crucial that you discuss your case with your gynecologist. Untimely or excessive uterine bleeding might be linked to:
While cancer is rarely the cause, you should still get tested just in case. Once the team at Comprehensive Women’s OB/GYN identifies a cause, they can start you on the proper treatment to reduce your bleeding.
When you come to Comprehensive Women’s OB/GYN with symptoms of abnormal uterine bleeding, the team asks you questions about the bleeding, your sexual activity, your medications, and your health. After performing a pelvic exam and a Pap smear, they may also perform other tests. Depending on your symptoms and medical history, you might need a pregnancy test, blood test, hormone test, or all of the above.
Your provider might also suggest an endometrial biopsy. Your gynecologist removes a sample of cells from your endometrium, or uterine lining, and views it under a microscope for abnormal cells or hormone-related symptoms like polyps or fibroids. In most cases, the results of the biopsy point to the cause of your bleeding.
To unveil the cause of your abnormal uterine bleeding and reduce it with the appropriate treatment, call Comprehensive Women’s OB/GYN, or request an appointment online today.