Abnormal Bleeding Diagnosis and Treatments Highland IN
Northwestern Women’s Health Associates, S.C
680 N. Lake Shore Drive #1200, Chicago, 60611 | Get Directions

Diagnosis and treatments for abnormal bleeding in Highland, IN

With offices in Chicago and Glenview, the OBGYN team at Northwestern Women’s Health Associates offers comprehensive feminine health care to patients from Chicago to Northwest Indiana and the surrounding areas.

With offices in Chicago and Glenview, the OBGYN team at Northwestern Women’s Health Associates  offers comprehensive feminine health care to patients from Chicago to Northwest Indiana and the surrounding areas. Our Northwestern OBGYN team proudly offers comprehensive women’s health care, including well visits, obstetrics, and gynecology. We work to prevent, diagnose, and treat feminine health concerns. This includes abnormal bleeding treatments.

During a woman’s menstrual cycle, she may experience cramps, discharge, and bleeding. This is normal. Prior to menopause, women often experience vaginal bleeding and discharge as well. However, changes to your normal cycle, breakthrough bleeding, or heavy or extended bleeding may be considered abnormal uterine bleeding and may be cause for concern. Abnormal bleeding may occur at any point, even during your regular monthly period. Symptoms may include breakthrough bleeding between periods, very heavy menstrual bleeding, and heavy bleeding that lasts longer than a week.

Abnormal bleeding has a number of possible causes including hormonal changes and pregnancy. Additional causes include birth control pills, lack of ovulation during a menstrual cycle, or uterine fibroids. Rare causes of uterine bleeding may include a thyroid disorder, cervical problems, or cancer.

Abnormal bleeding diagnosis

If you are experiencing abnormal uterine bleeding, contact your Chicago OBGYN. Do not ignore your symptoms or attempt to diagnose or treat yourself. An examination and/or testing may be required to determine your condition and provide effective treatment.

Your Chicago gynecologist assesses your medical history as well as your current symptoms. A woman’s age, current health, and symptoms help determine the tests necessary to diagnose your condition.

  • Blood work can check for pregnancy and ensure your blood count is not too low if you are experiencing heavy bleeding.
  • An ultrasound shows potential problems with the ovaries and uterus.
  • An endometrial biopsy removes a tiny piece of the uterine lining for laboratory testing.
  • A hysteroscopy is performed by inserting a thin, lighted tube through the vagina to examine the cervix and uterus.
SCHEDULE YOUR APPOINTMENT TODAY
Call : 312-440-9400 OR Request an Appointment

Abnormal bleeding treatments

Image of a happy lady trreated for her abnormal bleeding condition

Treatment depends upon your test results. Your physician will use your symptoms, examination, medical history, and test results to determine the best course of action for you. Treatment may also depend on whether or not you plan to have children in the future. Some treatments may not make it safe to get pregnant and others may make pregnancy impossible. For patients who are close to menopause, your doctor may recommend waiting to see if your symptoms subside on their own.

Understanding the cause of the bleeding allows your Northwestern OB GYN to develop an appropriate plan to address your abnormal bleeding. The goal is to return your monthly cycle to normal. Although we want to correct the problem quickly using the most conservative approach, non-surgical and surgical options are available.

Medication is often the first line of treatment. This may include:

  • Birth control pills – Hormone treatments such as birth control pills help regulate menstrual cycles and produce lighter periods.
  • NSAIDS – Anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen may help lighten bleeding during your period.
  • IUDs – An IUD releases progestin, which can stop heavy bleeding. Many women who use this IUD do not get a period at all.

If medications do not work or are not suitable for your condition, surgical options may be discussed.

  • Uterine or endometrial ablation – Uterine ablation is performed in the office to treat very heavy periods. No incisions are needed. The procedure uses heat, cold, or electricity, to ablate or destroy the uterine lining. The lining sheds similar to a menstrual period and then causes scarring that decreases and may even end menstrual bleeding.
  • Hysteroscopy – A hysteroscopy is often a diagnostic tool for abnormal bleeding. However, if fibroids are found to be the cause of your bleeding, a hysteroscopy can be a treatment as well. It is a minimally-invasive procedure that is performed without damaging the healthy uterine tissue.
  • Hysterectomy – A hysterectomy is the surgical removal of the uterus. The fallopian tubes and ovaries may or may not be removed as well. This is often the last resort when other treatments have not worked.

For more information on abnormal uterine bleeding and our treatment options, contact your Northwestern gynecologist for an appointment. Call 312-440-9400.

 

Back To Abnormal Uterine Bleeding Page


Appointment Request

By submitting the above form you agree and accept our Privacy Policy. I Accept
  • Northwestern Women's Health Associates
    5 Dr. Stanley Friedell, 5 Star Review By Gerilynn H.


    Dr. Regina Belmonte has been providing all the services I have needed for over 12 years. She saw me through both of my pregnancies and her expertise is vast. Even after I moved far away from the city, I still embrace and look forward to her care and services, and I refuse to switch doctors. She is worth the trip! Going through both pregnancies I had to meet with all of the Dr's. and all were wonderful. The nurses are fantastic. I have gotten 98% of what I have ever needed just talking to a nurse. So grateful for this practice and so confident with the care I receive.
  • Northwestern Women's Health Associates
    5 Dr. Stanley Friedell, 5 Star Review By Jelly T.


    Dr. Abbie Roth is GOLD!
    I have never met a doctor who is caring and brilliant and with a great sense of humor as doctor Abbie Roth. She is very professional and has an excellent bedside manner. When I had a life threatening complication after my C-section, she and her Prentice team of doctors and nurses were such an efficient team under pressure while making sure they explain every process and steps during the situation. Dr. Abbie Roth and her team literally saved my life! I am very fortunate to have met Dr. Roth, I will never forget her and will continue to see her for my future OB/Gyne health. I highly recommend this practice and Dr. Roth!
  • Northwestern Women's Health Associates
    5 Dr. Stanley Friedell, 5 Star Review By Jessica


    If you are new to Chicago or are just looking for a new physician, please make an appointment with Dr. Friedell. This is the first time in my adult life, that a doctor spent an hour with me going over my medical history, asking questions and documenting my history accurately. His assessment and subsequent surgery were all done t a T! I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him or his staff. I have had very positive experiences every time I've gone and I always leave feeling like I've been really seen and heard.
  • Northwestern Women's Health Associates
    5 Dr. Stanley Friedell, 5 Star Review By Monica E.


    I was recommended to NWWH through a friend after a year of unsuccessful IUI with my partner. We were seen and cared for by Dr. Friedell. Best decision ever. You will definitely wait for the doctor for maybe 30 minutes past your appointment time but you will not regret it. His thoroughness and patience to explain everything to us in a way we understood was amazing. He was quick to start a game plan for us. We will definitely stick with Dr. Friedell as our OB/GYN.

    Apart from Dr. Friedell, the staff was quick to perform any lab work and ultrasounds with friendly conversation and compassion. This type of service really helps when we've gone through a rough time trying to get pregnant. Definitely make an appointment with Dr. Friedell.
  • Northwestern Women's Health Associates
    5 Dr. Stanley Friedell, 5 Star Review By Jennifer H.


    I have been going to Dr. Friedell for over a year now and he has been nothing less than amazing. When I first came to him to discuss pregnancy, he was incredibly informative and understanding. He was also willing to take the time to answer all of my questions and help in any way he could. He just delivered my son in March and to say he went the extra mile during delivery would be an understatement. I had some complications and with any other doctor I would have had a c-section. Dr. Friedell worked with me and was extremely patient and because of his care and expertise I had a successful vaginal delivery. I cannot recommend him highly enough!
  • Northwestern Women's Health Associates
    5 Dr. Stanley Friedell, 5 Star Review By Karima R.


    I have been going to this office for little over a month now due to some complications! I have been seen Dr. Friedell, he is very caring and always made sure he answers all my concerns. I am beyond impressed with my experience with Dr Friedell and his PA " Amber". Dr Friedell called me many times after hours to talk to me about my medical results and answers any concerns that I have.

    I would highly recommend Dr Friedell.
  • Northwestern Women's Health Associates
    5 Dr. Stanley Friedell, 5 Star Review By Elizabeth T.


    I have been a patient of this practice for over 5 years now and have only positive reviews of Dr. Feldstein. He was the doctor on call and delivered my third son without any complications. He was knowledgeable, patient focused and went above and beyond to answer my questions and provide a safe and healthy delivery. I also want to note his positive bedside manner to not only my husband and I, but to the nursing staff that was working with him. He was very respectful and I am very thankful to have had him for my delivery. I would recommend this group, Dr. Feldstein in particular without reservation.
  • Northwestern Women's Health Associates
    5 Dr. Stanley Friedell, 5 Star Review By LA


    I switched to Dr. Roth mid pregnancy due to health insurance reasons and it was probably the best decision I have ever made in my life. She is definitely warm and funny but also extremely competent and knowledgeable. I would say what makes her stand out from other doctors is how calm and not reactive she is in even the most dire situations. My son was in serious fetal distress (unexpected and not preventable) and she was very calm and reassuring as we literally ran to the OR for my c section. With the rise of c sections today I feel Dr. Roth is one of the few remaining fabulous ob's that truly plans for normal vaginal births (your choice if you want an epi or not) and although I needed a c section I knew it was truly necessary. I could not speak more highly of her, not only did she save my sons life but she made me feel safe, secure and empowered even when decisions and actions were out of my hands.
  • Northwestern Women's Health Associates
    5 Dr. Stanley Friedell, 5 Star Review By Dana M.


    I love Dr. Belmonte. I have been going to her since 2006! She rocks!!! She is straight to the point, I love that about her. When I leave her office after seeing her I always feel great, like a just left a good friends house or something!
  • Northwestern Women's Health Associates
    5 Dr. Stanley Friedell, 5 Star Review By Barbara A


    I can not tell you how wonderful my experiences have been. Dr. Sharon Wise is my doctor and she is fantastic. She is straightforward and honest about treatments and procedures. I enjoy her sense of humor, and I found her bedside manner when delivering my son to be excellent.