Treatment for abnormal uterine bleeding can be found with your Northwestern gynecologist in downtown Chicago.
When bleeding is abnormal
There are certain signs that a woman can look for to determine if bleeding is out of the ordinary. For the most part, uterine bleeding should occur only during the natural course of active menstruation. This occurs during the first week of the menstrual cycle. Changes that may require further evaluation from your experienced gynecologist include:
- Bleeding occurs after menopause.
- Bleeding during active menstruation is heavier or lasts longer than the norm.
- Sexual intercourse causes bleeding.
- Spotting or bleeding occurs between periods.
The menstrual cycle should last about 28 days. It may extend or shorten, however, to range between 21 and 35 days. The first day of a new cycle begins on the first day of menstruation. If your next period comes before 21 days or after 35 days, it is advisable to see your physician at Northwestern Women’s Health Associates S.C. to rule out a gynecological issue.
Potential signs of abnormal bleeding are cause for further evaluation but not necessarily cause for alarm. There are various factors at play in a woman’s reproductive health and, in some cases, what seems abnormal is actually quite within the norm in a given situation. For example, as a woman approaches menopause, her periods may vary widely from light to heavy. The perimenopausal woman may also skip periods.
What may cause abnormal uterine bleeding
When assessing abnormal bleeding, we look for potential causes such as:
- Natural response to hormonal birth control
- Thyroid dysfunction
- Diabetes or other chronic health conditions
- Abnormal pregnancy
- Polyps or fibroids in the uterus or on the cervix
- Imbalance in the hormones that regulate menstruation
- Vaginal, uterine, or cervical cancer
Dr. Stanley Friedell speaks about abnormal uterine bleeding
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