Throughout your life, you may experience various irregularities with your menstrual cycle but sometimes the changes in your bleeding may be a sign that something more is going on. Angel Paas, MD, at Kennesaw Gynecology in Kennesaw, Georgia, is a women's health expert who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of abnormal uterine bleeding. If you have concerns about your menstrual cycle or changes in bleeding, call the office today or book an appointment online.
Your menstrual cycle refers to the various changes that occur to prepare your body for pregnancy. A normal cycle ranges from 24-38 days with eight or fewer days of bleeding.
Abnormal uterine bleeding encompasses a variety of different menstrual bleeding patterns. Some of the most common include:
With this type of bleeding, there are abnormalities in the length of your menstrual cycle. If your menstrual cycle is fewer than 24 days or longer than 38, then you should schedule a visit with Dr. Paas for an evaluation.
Many women experience heavy menstrual bleeding from time to time. However, your bleeding may be considered abnormal if you soak through a pad or tampon in an hour several hours in a row or you pass quarter-size blood clots. For clinical purposes, heavy menstrual bleeding is defined as any amount of menstrual bleeding that is excessive to the point of altering your quality of life.
Intermenstrual bleeding refers to bleeding that occurs outside your normal menstrual bleeding time. This may include spotting after intercourse or bleeding mid-cycle.
Bleeding after menopause is also considered abnormal and should be evaluated.
Some of the most common causes of abnormal uterine bleeding include:
You may also experience abnormal uterine bleeding due to issues related to your birth control method.
Treatment for your abnormal uterine bleeding depends on the severity of your symptoms and the underlying cause. When you come to the office with concerns about abnormal uterine bleeding, Dr. Paas conducts a comprehensive examination so she can create the most effective treatment plan.
Dr. Paas may recommend various medications to help improve your bleeding, such as hormonal contraceptive therapy or a gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonist. If needed, she can also review your surgical options to help improve your abnormal bleeding, which may include an in-office procedure called endometrial ablation. During this procedure, Dr. Paas destroys your endometrial tissue to reduce menstrual bleeding.
Abnormal uterine bleeding can develop from many causes. To get answers to your gynecological questions, call Kennesaw Gynecology today or request an appointment online.