If you experience abnormal uterine bleeding, you may be wondering what you can do about it. These are some of the most frequently asked questions about abnormal uterine bleeding:
What Is a Normal Menstrual Cycle?
A normal menstrual cycle lasts about 28 days, and typically begins and ends around the same time each month.
What Is an Abnormal Menstrual Cycle?
When you have an abnormal menstrual cycle, it means:
- Your menstrual cycle length keeps changing
- Your periods are chronically early
- Your periods are chronically late
- Your bleeding is spotty without much bleeding
- Your bleeding is excessive
What Causes Abnormal Uterine Bleeding?
Abnormal uterine bleeding can be caused by changes in hormone levels due to stress, puberty, pregnancy, menopause, or if you are taking birth control medications.
What Are the Medical Conditions Associated With Abnormal Uterine Bleeding?
Abnormal uterine bleeding can be caused by a few medical conditions, including uterine fibroids, endometrial polyps, and endometriosis.
What Is Endometriosis?
Endometriosis is a condition in which the tissue lining the inside of the uterus, known as the endometrium, grows outside of the uterus. The tissue breaks down and gets trapped, causing severe cramping and severe bleeding.
When Should You See an OBGYN Doctor About Abnormal Uterine Bleeding?
You should visit your OBGYN doctor if you are experiencing:
- Chronic pelvic pain and cramping
- Lower back and abdominal pain
- Pain during intercourse
- Painful urination or bowel movements
- Excessive bleeding during or between periods
- Fatigue, nausea, diarrhea, or constipation
How Can an OBGYN Doctor Diagnose the Cause of Abnormal Uterine Bleeding?
Your OBGYN doctor will perform a pelvic examination, and may recommend a transvaginal ultrasound, MRI, or laparoscopy. Depending on the cause of abnormal uterine bleeding, your OBGYN doctor may recommend:
- Hormone therapy, including birth control to stabilize hormone levels
- Medication to reduce or eliminate polyps and other growths
- Surgical treatment to remove damaged tissue
Want To Know More?
To find out more about abnormal uterine bleeding, talk with an expert. Call your OBGYN doctor today.