Abnormal uterine bleeding is a common problem among women seeing their gynecologist. Abnormal bleeding includes complaints of:
• Heavy of prolonged periods
• Bleeding between periods
• Bleeding after sex
• Bleeding after menopause
• Bleeding during pregnancy
• Infrequent or no bleeding
The causes of abnormal bleeding may include:
• Hormonal imbalances associated with annovulation
• Uterine fibroids (benign tumors)
• Uterine polyps
• Gynecologic cancers
• Ectopic pregnancy
• Blood clotting disorders
Your gynecologist can determine the appropriate course of evaluation which may include bloodwork, ultrasound, and/or biopsy.
The treatment of abnormal bleeding depends on the cause and may involve medication (hormonal and non-hormonal), minor surgical procedures (D&C, endometrial ablation, laparoscopy) and/or major surgical procedures (hysterectomy).
If you experience abnormal bleeding be sure to consult your physician, sooner rather than later, so that an accurate diagnosis can be made and a suitable course of treatment begun.