Abnormal Uterine Bleeding

Magnolia OB/GYN Clinic

OBGYNs located in Riverside County, CA

Abnormal uterine bleeding is often unexpected and frightening. At Magnolia OB/GYN Clinic, Janet Vadaparampil, MD, and Rodolfo Rey, MD, get to the root of the problem. With locations in Riverside, Perris, Lake Elsinore, and Moreno Valley, California, help is always nearby with a wide range of medical and surgical treatments available to resolve your bleeding. Let Magnolia OB/GYN Clinic help you manage your symptoms and find relief. Call the office today or schedule an appointment online.

Abnormal Uterine Bleeding Q & A

What is abnormal uterine bleeding?

Abnormal bleeding may involve bleeding during the middle of your cycle or heavy flow during it. While the length of menstrual cycles can vary, most women have cycles lasting 21-35 days. Periods typically last between 4-6 days, and most women lose about 10-35 ml of blood during each period. 

Some women may skip periods, especially during the first few years of menstruation. As you approach menopause, you might also have irregular or heavy periods. Hormonal medications can interfere with your cycle, too. 

What causes abnormal uterine bleeding?

Abnormal uterine bleeding can result from:

  • Uterine fibroids
  • Uterine polyps
  • Uterine or cervical cancer
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
  • Bleeding or clotting disorders

Light bleeding between cycles can also be a sign of early pregnancy. Many pregnant women report some spotting during the first few weeks of pregnancy. If you suddenly develop irregular bleeding, it may be time for a pregnancy test.

At Magnolia OB/GYN Clinic, your provider performs specialized tests to find out what's causing your bleeding. They check your hormones to see if you're pregnant or entering menopause. You may also receive an ultrasound or another imaging test.

Once your provider makes a diagnosis, they explain the next step. You receive ongoing support and guidance as you choose the right treatment. 

How is abnormal uterine bleeding treated?

Treatment options may vary depending on what's causing your bleeding. If you have a hormone imbalance, your provider may suggest birth control pills, hormone injections, or an intrauterine device (IUD). Hormonal birth control can also help with fibroids and PCOS.

If you have cancer or another complex health condition, you need specialized treatment. The Magnolia OB/GYN Clinic team helps you understand your diagnosis and access the care you need. 

Most cases of abnormal bleeding don't require surgery. But if your bleeding doesn't respond to medication, surgery can help. Surgical procedures can control or slow abnormal bleeding. If all other treatments fail, hysterectomy may also be a treatment option. Your provider can help you decide if surgery is right for you. 

When should I call my doctor about abnormal bleeding?

If you're pregnant and experience bleeding, seek medical advice right away. Some bleeding during pregnancy may be normal. But if your bleeding is heavy and accompanied by cramps, go straight to the emergency room. You may be having a miscarriage.

Bleeding after menopause can also be a cause for concern. If you're past menopause and you start spotting, don't wait until your next routine visit. Call Magnolia OB/GYN Clinic for further guidance.

Let Magnolia OB/GYN Clinic help you manage abnormal bleeding. Call the office today or schedule an appointment online.

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