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I’m Bleeding Abnormally. Is It an Emergency?

I’m Bleeding Abnormally. Is It an Emergency?

If you’re bleeding between periods or blood flow during your period is heavy, it’s always a good idea to schedule a checkup with an experienced gynecologist like Sowmya Reddy, MD, FACOG.

At Alpha OBGYN, Dr. Reddy and our team offer comprehensive examinations to identify the possible causes of abnormal uterine bleeding. We can also customize a treatment plan when needed to protect your reproductive and overall health.

What abnormal bleeding means

Abnormal bleeding describes any bleeding that’s different from your period’s usual blood flow, frequency, or amount. Typically, periods occur every 24-34 days and bleeding lasts from 4-7 days.

In addition to bleeding between periods and heavy menstrual flow, abnormal bleeding can also be:

It’s worthwhile to track your periods on a calendar, so you can notice changes in the length of your period quickly.

Common causes of abnormal uterine bleeding

Abnormal uterine bleeding can have many causes. If you use hormonal birth control or have an imbalance in your reproductive hormones, it can cause spotting or other abnormal bleeding.

Other causes of abnormal bleeding we can diagnose include:

Abnormal uterine bleeding can also be a symptom of ovarian, cervical, uterine, or vaginal cancer. For this reason, it’s important that you schedule a consultation for abnormal bleeding without delay.

If you have very heavy bleeding that doesn’t stop or causes issues like persistent dizziness or lightheadedness because of blood loss, you should visit the local emergency room.

Identifying the underlying cause of abnormal bleeding

Our office is fully equipped with the latest diagnostic technologies to identify the underlying cause of abnormal uterine bleeding.

Dr. Reddy spends time reviewing your personal and family medical history and asks questions about what your periods normally are like. She also performs a comprehensive pelvic exam and a Pap smear.

Other diagnostic tests for abnormal bleeding may include:

If Dr. Reddy identifies abnormal tissue, she may complete a biopsy to check for cancer. During a biopsy procedure, she removes a sample of tissue for closer evaluation under a microscope.

Once she understands your diagnosis, Dr. Reddy customizes a plan to stop abnormal bleeding and treat the underlying condition. Treatment may include hormone therapy or low-dose birth control pills, anti-inflammatories to address inflamed tissue, or antibiotics to clear an infection.

When surgery is needed for abnormal uterine bleeding

In some cases, Dr. Reddy may recommend surgery to treat abnormal bleeding that results from polyps, fibroids, or cancer. She specializes in minimally invasive surgery techniques to remove benign growths without damaging surrounding tissue. In the case of cancerous growths, referral to a gynecological oncologist would be recommended.

You may also be a candidate for hysterectomy, a procedure to remove your uterus and other reproductive organs. This treatment is typically only an option for women who are done having children and can’t find relief of abnormal bleeding with other treatments.

We also offer endometrial ablation, a minimally invasive procedure that uses heat energy to destroy the endometrium (uterine lining) to reduce heavy menstrual bleeding.

To schedule a consultation for abnormal uterine bleeding, call the Alpha OB GYN office nearest to you today or book an appointment online. 

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