Associated Obstetrics and Gynecology
Gynecologists & Obstetricians located in Clarkston, MI & Bloomfield Hills, MI
Abnormal menstrual bleeding is a serious health issue that affects many American women. Determining the cause and finding the right treatment path is important and is an area of specialty at Associated Obstetrics & Gynecology in Bloomfield Hills and Clarkston, Michigan. If you find your periods to be disruptive to your normal routines, schedule a visit to find answers and explore treatment options. Online scheduling lets you book a visit any time of day or night, or simply call to check appointment availability.
Abnormal Menstrual Bleeding Q & A
What’s considered abnormal menstrual bleeding?
A “normal” period should last around five days and occur every 21-35 days. If your periods last longer than five days, occur on an infrequent schedule, or present heavy bleeding that is difficult to control with standard feminine hygiene products, you may have abnormal menstrual bleeding.
Every woman’s menstrual cycle is different, and some women simply bleed more than others. However, your period shouldn’t prevent you from engaging in normal activities or bring about cramping so severe you can’t attend school or work. Simply put: If your period disrupts your life, you should discuss the matter with your OB/GYN.
Is it necessary to treat abnormal menstrual bleeding?
It’s difficult to fully understand how disruptive abnormal bleeding can be unless you’ve experienced the condition for yourself. What isn’t difficult to understand, however, is that heavy or prolonged menstrual bleeding can cause anxiety, sleep disruption, and embarrassment when hygiene products can’t handle the flow.
More importantly, abnormal bleeding can be a sign of a serious health issue that needs to be addressed. Ignoring the condition can delay treatment, or make your eventual treatment path less effective than if your treatment began earlier.
Heavy bleeding is also a primary cause of iron-deficient anemia among menstruating women. That can have wide-ranging health ramifications and can become a serious health issue in its own right.
What causes abnormal menstrual bleeding?
Because numerous things can cause abnormal bleeding, a comprehensive diagnostic exam is so important. Some of the more common causes include:
- Uterine fibroids
- Uterine polyps
- Bleeding disorders
- Ectopic pregnancy
- Problems with an IUD
- Certain types of cancer
Determining the cause of abnormal bleeding is the first step in finding relief.
What is the treatment for abnormal bleeding?
Your treatment path depends on the cause of abnormal bleeding. Once your specialist completes the diagnostic process, they present the full range of available treatment options. Very often there is a minimally invasive option to address abnormal bleeding, and some women can find relief simply though a new method of birth control.
At Associated Obstetrics & Gynecology, patient education is a central area of focus. You’ll receive the details and insight needed to make an informed decision about your health.
When you’re ready to get started, schedule a one-on-one visit online or by phone.