If you experience heavy or irregular bleeding during your period or spotting mid-cycle, it could be the result of a common and highly treatable medical condition. Lisa Vinokur, MD, of North Fulton OB-GYN in Alpharetta, Georgia, is an expert in diagnosing and treating abnormal uterine bleeding. She takes a thorough and individualized assessment of your symptoms before recommending further testing or a course for treatment. If you’re worried about any aspect of your menstrual cycle, make an appointment to see Dr. Vinokur by calling North Fulton OB-GYN today, or booking online.
The definition of abnormal uterine bleeding isn’t precise, because every woman’s cycle varies. However, there are average ranges that indicate normal menstruation, and your period shouldn’t be disrupting your life to the extent that you have to take time off work or school.
Dr. Vinokur assesses your condition by looking at:
It’s helpful to keep track of your last several periods to offer Dr. Vinokur a better idea of your average symptoms and how long you’ve been experiencing them.
There are several reasons you may be experiencing abnormal uterine bleeding, most of which are related to your hormones. The fertility hormones estrogen and progesterone control your ovulation and menstruation, and any fluctuations in the levels of these hormones can cause a disruption to your periods.
Puberty and menopause are times when hormone activity is particularly volatile, and this can cause episodes of heavy bleeding or irregular menstruation. Abnormal uterine bleeding could also be due to:
Less commonly, abnormal bleeding may the result of:
If you have an episode of abnormal bleeding and are pregnant or postmenopausal, call Dr. Vinokur right away so she can assess whether you need immediate treatment.
The treatment Dr. Vinokur recommends will depend on the cause of your bleeding. Possible interventions include:
Dr. Vinokur has more than 20 years of experience assessing and treating women’s gynecological issues. She can help you find the cause of your abnormal uterine bleeding and prescribe an effective solution. Call North Fulton OB-GYN today or book an appointment online.