Abnormal uterine bleeding is often a sign that you have an issue with your reproductive health that needs medical attention. Abnormalities include extra long or heavy cycles or spotting between periods. Visit Kenneth Konsker, MD, FACOG, and Nadina Tackore, MD, at Lucina Women's Health and Midwifery, with two locations in Boca Raton, Florida, if you’re experiencing abnormal bleeding. Call the office nearest you or book online to make your appointment.
Any bleeding that occurs outside of a “normal” cycle is considered “abnormal.” A normal cycle typically occurs every 21-35 days and lasts 3-5 days. Of course, every woman’s cycle is different, so if you always fall slightly outside these parameters, that could very well be normal for you. Changes to your cycle or bleeding that interfere with your daily function are likely abnormal.
Other symptoms that suggest abnormal bleeding include:
Don’t underestimate how disruptive abnormal bleeding can be to your life. You may find it interferes with your ability to do everyday activities, including work and school. You may experience severe cramping along with heavy bleeding.
Abnormal bleeding is inconvenient and anxiety-provoking. You may feel anxious about accidentally bleeding through clothing. It can also disrupt sleep if you have to wake often to change your hygiene product.
Abnormal bleeding may also be a sign of a medical issue that needs attention from the team at Lucina Women's Health and Midwifery.
If you regularly have heavy periods that last for long durations, you are also at risk of developing iron-deficiency anemia. Indications of this condition include:
The team at Lucina Women's Health and Midwifery can diagnose anemia and help you supplement accordingly.
Many issues with your reproductive organs can cause abnormal bleeding. Some are perfectly natural, such as menopause, while others may require medical intervention. Abnormal bleeding may suggest:
In very rare cases, abnormal uterine bleeding can be a symptom of certain types of cancer.
Treatment for abnormal uterine bleeding depends on the determined cause. Hormone therapy and lifestyle changes are potential strategies. Minimally invasive surgery, NovaSure® - a radiofrequency treatment that gently removes the endometrial lining of the uterus - and MyoSure® - a targeted treatment to remove fibroids or polyps without removing the uterus - are other possible interventions. Sometimes your doctor determines that the best course for your health and abnormal bleeding is a hysterectomy, or removal of the uterus.
If you experience abnormal bleeding, don’t hesitate to contactLucina Women's Health and Midwifery. Call or book an appointment online.