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Abnormal Uterine Bleeding Specialist

Dunwoody OBGYN -  - OBGYN

Dunwoody OBGYN

OBGYNs located in North Atlanta, Dunwoody, GA

While abnormal bleeding is a common gynecological symptom, it can often be frightening. At Dunwoody OB/GYN, LLC, in Dunwoody, Georgia, you receive expert care for all your women’s health concerns. Dunwoody OG/GYN, LLC, can get to the root of the problem and help you find lasting relief from abnormal uterine bleeding. Call the office today or schedule an appointment online.

Abnormal Uterine Bleeding Q & A

What causes uterine bleeding?

During your menstrual cycle, your uterus develops a special lining called the endometrium. If you get pregnant, this lining turns into the placenta and helps nourish your baby. But if you don't get pregnant, the lining sheds, and you get your period.

But not all bleeding is part of a normal menstrual cycle. Heavy or irregular bleeding can be a sign of a health problem. At Dunwoody OB/GYN, LLC, you can receive an in-depth evaluation to determine whether your bleeding is abnormal. 

What are the symptoms of abnormal uterine bleeding?

The length and flow of menstrual periods can vary. Most women have a cycle that lasts about 21-35 days. Bleeding usually lasts 2-7 days. But if your cycle is much shorter and heavier, visit Dunwoody OB/GYN, LLC. You might have a health concern that needs expert care.

Women with abnormal uterine bleeding may have periods that last over a week. During their periods, they may soak through a pad or tampon in less than two hours.

Some women might also bleed at different times in their menstrual cycle. Their bleeding may not follow a cyclical pattern. Instead, they might bleed in the middle of their cycle or skip their period. 

Many women have light spotting during their pregnancy. But bleeding can also be a sign of miscarriage. Dunwoody OB/GYN, LLC, can determine whether your bleeding is a cause for concern.

How is abnormal uterine bleeding treated?

Dunwoody OB/GYN, LLC, first performs an in-depth evaluation. There is often a link between abnormal bleeding and gynecological conditions such as:

  • Fibroids
  • Endometriosis
  • Hormone imbalances
  • Infections, including STDs
  • Hormonal birth control

Your provider works to identify the root cause of your bleeding. You may receive a hysteroscopy procedure to look inside your uterus, so your provider can prescribe the right treatment.

Your doctor may give you medications to balance your hormones. Hormonal medications can also regulate your cycle and relieve painful cramps.

Some women with abnormal bleeding may need a minimally invasive procedure or surgery:

  • Laparoscopy
  • Hysterectomy
  • Endometrial ablation (NovaSure® or Thermachoice®)

Your provider can help you review your options to decide what treatment is right for you.

If you're in your 40s, your abnormal uterine bleeding could be a sign that you will reach menopause soon. Your provider can help you prepare for this change and recommend treatments to make you more comfortable. 

If you have abnormal uterine bleeding, call Dunwoody OB/GYN, LLC, today, or schedule an appointment online.