If you have abnormal uterine bleeding, you should make an appointment at Eighth Avenue Obstetrics and Gynecology, with two locations in the Medical District of Fort Worth, Texas. The expert women’s health providers can diagnose the condition causing your abnormal bleeding and provide treatments to heal your body and eliminate abnormal uterine bleeding in the future. Call Eighth Avenue Obstetrics and Gynecology, or make an appointment online today.
Abnormal uterine bleeding occurs when you have periods that last longer than a week, are extremely heavy, or if you bleed between your periods. A typical menstrual cycle lasts between 21-35 days, and your period should last 3-7 days. A clinically heavy period requires you to change your tampon or pad as frequently as once an hour for several consecutive hours.
Many women’s health conditions can cause abnormal uterine bleeding. Some of the most common causes include:
You should make an appointment if you have abnormal uterine bleeding. When left untreated, some conditions can worsen and eventually lead to severe health problems such as infertility.
Eighth Avenue Obstetrics and Gynecology offers comprehensive exams and testing to identify the condition responsible for your irregular bleeding. Your doctor often begins with a pelvic exam, Pap smear, and lab tests to check your urine and blood for signs of pregnancy or disease.
Your doctor may examine your reproductive organs in more detail with tests, including:
A hysteroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure in which your provider inserts a thin tube with a camera and light on its tip into your uterus. The camera sends a video feed to a monitor in the treatment room so your doctor can look for signs of polyps, fibroids, or other abnormalities inside your uterus.
Your doctor creates a customized treatment plan to address the specific condition causing your abnormal bleeding. For example, they may prescribe medication, including hormonal birth control or gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonists to regulate your menstrual cycle or bleeding.
In some cases, your doctor may recommend a minimally invasive surgical procedure such as a myomectomy or ablation to remove the abnormality causing your symptoms. The ablation treatment can interfere with your fertility, so you should only choose this option if you don’t plan on having children.
If you have abnormal uterine bleeding, don’t dismiss your symptoms or put off diagnosis and treatment. Call Eighth Avenue Obstetrics and Gynecology or schedule a consultation online today.