General Gynecology & Minimally Invasive Surgeries located in Orlando, FL & Kissimmee, FL
Your monthly flow isn’t always the same. It can become irregular at any age, and sometimes that’s to be expected. But when it’s not, it might be a sign of abnormal uterine bleeding. Dr. Anthony Gyang and the providers at Osceola Gynecology in Orlando, Kissimmee, and St. Cloud, Florida, specialize in general gynecology and minimally invasive treatments for abnormal uterine bleeding. You can trust them with your health and well-being. Call today or schedule a consultation online.
Abnormal Uterine Bleeding Q&A
What is abnormal uterine bleeding?
Abnormal uterine bleeding can occur at many ages. More than half of abnormal uterine bleeding occurs in women older than 45, while 20% of cases occur during the teen years. As you get closer to menopause, for example, you may have lighter or heavier periods. Or you may skip a cycle.
However, your bleeding may be considered abnormal if you experience one or more of these symptoms:
- Long menstrual cycles (longer than 38 days)
- Short menstrual cycles (shorter than 24 days)
- Bleeding or spotting after sex
- Bleeding or spotting between periods
- Heavy bleeding during your period
- Bleeding after menopause
- Irregular menstrual cycle, which varies by more than 7-9 days.
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s a good idea to consult your provider at Osceola Gynecology as soon as possible.
What causes abnormal uterine bleeding?
The causes of abnormal uterine bleeding include a range of health disorders, even something as common as a pregnancy. Some of the conditions causing abnormal uterine bleeding include:
- Certain forms of birth control or medications
- Reproductive disorders, such as polycystic ovary syndrome
- Growths in the uterus, including polyps, fibroids, or cancer
- Thyroid or pituitary disorders
- Issues with blood clots
You can expect your provider at Osceola Gynecology to ask questions about your health history and menstrual cycle. He may also perform lab tests to help determine whether the issue is related to your age or a possible health condition.
How is abnormal uterine bleeding treated?
Medications are commonly used to manage uterine bleeding that’s not related to a serious health condition. Your provider may suggest medicines such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications or tranexamic acid, a medication used to treat heavy menstrual bleeding.
Hormonal medications or devices also can treat abnormal uterine bleeding. These options include:
- Hormonal birth control methods: pills, the vaginal ring, or a skin patch can help lighten bleeding and make your cycle more regular
- Gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) agonists: these medications can stop your period and shrink uterine fibroids
If medications don’t work, your doctor may suggest a treatment called endometrial ablation. Endometrial ablation is a nonsurgical procedure to stop heavy menstrual bleeding from your uterus. The procedure involves removing the uterine lining, called the endometrium.
If you’ve been troubled by uterine bleeding and want to take charge and rule out any health issues, call today or book a consultation online with the experts at Osceola Gynecology.
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