Abnormal Menstrual Bleeding
What is abnormal menstrual bleeding? Any bleeding that occurs in between periods or after sexual intercourse is considered abnormal menstrual bleeding.
What is abnormal menstrual bleeding?
Any bleeding that occurs in between periods or after sexual intercourse is considered abnormal menstrual bleeding. A normal menstrual cycle lasts approximately 28 days and contains 1 episode of continuous bleeding that lasts 7 days or less. Irregular bleeding also occurs as spotting during the menstrual cycle, bleeding after menopause or a period that is significantly longer or heavier than normal.
What are the causes of abnormal bleeding?
Some of the most common causes of abnormal menstrual bleeding include: abnormal uterus (specifically, the structure but good hormones), abnormal hormones (but good uterus) or both.
- Uterine fibroids
- Uterine infections
- Cervix infections
- Certain birth control methods
- Ectopic pregnancy
- Endometrial hyperplasia
- Blood clotting disorders
- Polycystic ovarian syndrome
- Certain types of cancer
Abnormal bleeding is more common during the first few years of the menstrual cycle and near the start of menopause.
How does Dr. Eisenhauer diagnose irregular bleeding?
When a patient comes to Dr. Lawrence Eisenhauer with irregular bleeding, he examines the patient and performs tests to determine the cause of the bleeding. Some of the tests he may order include blood tests, an ultrasound, office hysteroscopy, MRIs, endometrial biopsy, and sonohysterography.*
Treatments for abnormal menstrual bleeding in Encinitas, California
Patients with abnormal bleeding benefit from a number of treatments and treatment options, depending on the cause of the bleeding.* Some types of bleeding, such as bleeding related to hormone problems or polycystic ovary syndrome, may respond to hormones administered orally, via injection, via IUD, or in the form of a cream.* For other types of bleeding, Dr. Eisenhauer may prescribe antibiotics or anti-inflammatory drugs.
In some cases, Dr. Eisenhauer uses surgery to resolve irregular bleeding. Surgery may help abnormal bleeding related to fibroids or polyps in the uterus.* Dr. Eisenhauer may also recommend surgical techniques, including endometrial ablation or hysterectomy. If you’re experiencing abnormal bleeding, call (760) 753-8413 or schedule an appointment online. What is most important is to get the right diagnosis in the shortest and least amount of time. Many people seem to get unhelpful or time consuming advice from doctors and family. It’s best to speak to an expert.
*Individual results may vary; not a guarantee.