Abnormal uterine bleeding addressed at OBGYN group near downtown Chicago
If you suspect that your menstrual flow is heavier than it should be, please do not put off learning more about your condition. Excessive or heavy uterine bleeding is not uncommon; it affects about one in every five women. This condition may occur more frequently during peri-menopause and for women in their 40’s, when fluctuating hormones send the body into a general state of unpredictability.
Do you suffer from abnormal uterine bleeding?
Help for excessive bleeding is available at Northwestern Women’s Health Associates, near downtown Chicago. The problem with getting the necessary care is that many women assume their flow is normal, either for their own body chemistry or for the time of life they are in. Some of the symptoms that may indicate abnormal bleeding include:
- Menstruation continues for more than 7 days.
- Daily activities are limited as a result of bleeding or pain.
- More than 8 pads or tampons are used in a single day.
- The need to “double-up” on hygiene products to avoid accidents.
Why your flow may become irregular
There are a few common reasons that we see the development of abnormal bleeding. These include fibroid tumors or other non-cancerous growths, changes to hormone levels, abnormally thick uterine lining, and adenomyosis.
If abnormal bleeding is a concern, we will review your most recent Pap smear or perform a new test. A biopsy of uterine tissue may also be obtained to rule out precancerous activity in cells. Ultrasound may be used to examine the ovaries and uterus, and blood work may be done to rule out anemia. Sometimes we do a special ultrasound called a sonohystogram when we inject saline into the uterus to see if there are any lesions inside. The testing that we perform is based on your history and your current condition. During your visit, we will explain any necessary tests to you so you can have greater peace of mind as we determine the most appropriate evaluation and treatment.
Treatment for abnormal bleeding
By understanding the underlying cause of abnormal bleeding, we can develop a therapeutic plan to restore normalcy to your menstrual flow. Surgical and non-surgical treatment options exist. Our intent is to stop the problem as quickly as possible using the most conservative approach.
Don’t wait. Call 312-440-9400 for the care you need to resolve gynecological concerns.