If you have abnormal uterine bleeding, which is irregular or excess menstrual flow, it could be the sign of a serious gynecological condition. Dr. Sowmya Reddy and the medical team at Alpha OBGYN in Alpharetta, Georgia, find the root cause of abnormal bleeding and treat gynecological conditions before they become problematic. Call today at the first sign of abnormal uterine bleeding, or use the online scheduling tool.
Abnormal uterine bleeding is any type of menstrual bleeding that varies from your normal blood flow, volume, or frequency. Examples include:
The normal length of a menstrual cycle is typically between 24 days and 38 days. A normal menstrual period generally lasts up to 8 days
There are numerous reasons you might experience abnormal uterine bleeding. Some possible causes and risk factors include:
To determine the cause of abnormal uterine bleeding, Dr. Reddy completes a pelvic exam and Pap test. She may order hormone tests, additional blood tests, or a pregnancy test. Dr. Reddy might also complete a biopsy, hysteroscopy to examine the uterus, or ultrasound to look for uterine abnormalities.
After making a diagnosis, Dr. Reddy reviews treatment options with you. Medications are often tried first to treat irregular or heavy menstrual bleeding. The most appropriate treatment depends on what’s causing irregular bleeding, and may include:
Dr. Reddy may recommend you take low-dose birth control pills or undergo hormone therapy, such as the skin patch or vaginal ring, to stabilize hormone levels and achieve a normal menstrual cycle. She may insert an intrauterine device (IUD), which continuously releases hormones into your uterus.
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications may help reduce abnormal uterine bleeding if you take the medications right before your period begins. Dr. Reddy may recommend a prescription or over-the-counter medications to alleviate symptoms.
If the cause of abnormal uterine bleeding is cancer, polyps, or uterine fibroids, Dr.Reddy may recommend minimally invasive surgery to correct the problem. She might recommend an endometrial ablation (destroys the lining of the uterus) to reduce heavy periods, suggest surgically removing cancerous or benign growths in your uterus, or surgically taking out your uterus (a hysterectomy).
Dr. Reddy lets you know which treatment for abnormal uterine bleeding best matches your needs based in your individual situation. Treatment often restores your menstrual flow, which can drastically improve your quality of life. Call Alpha OBGYN to schedule an appointment, or use the online scheduling tool today.