Daniel Esteves, MD
Obstetricians & Gynecologists located in Lawrenceville, GA
Abnormal uterine bleeding can be disconcerting, as it’s inconvenient and possibly the sign of a serious health issue. OB/GYN Daniel Esteves, MD, can help you find the cause and right treatment to address extremely heavy bleeding, infrequent periods, or unusual spotting. Women in the Lawrenceville, Georgia, area can call his office or book online to find a resolution and management.
Abnormal Bleeding Q&A
What is considered abnormal bleeding?
A so-called normal period lasts about five days (plus or minus a few days) and occurs every 21-35 days. If your bleeding lasts much longer, occurs too frequently or infrequently, or is extremely heavy, it is considered abnormal.
Abnormal bleeding may be hard to control with conventional feminine hygiene products. You may also find it hard to participate in normal activities due to your irregular bleeding and associated pain, cramping, and bloating.
When should I seek treatment for abnormal bleeding?
If you’re experiencing extreme discomfort due to irregular bleeding that disrupts your sleep, causes embarrassment and inconvenience, and makes you anxious, contact Dr. Esteves. Abnormal bleeding can indicate a serious health issue that needs to be addressed. If you ignore the bleeding, you suffer for longer than you need to and may make it harder to treat.
Prolonged abnormal bleeding can lead to iron-deficiency anemia, which causes fatigue, hair loss, and weakness.
What causes abnormal bleeding?
Abnormal bleeding can occur due to a number of different issues involving your reproductive and pelvic organs. These include:
- Uterine fibroids or polyps
- Problems with an IUD
- Ectopic pregnancy or miscarriage
- Endometriosis, which is an irregular growth of the uterine lining outside the womb
- Certain types of cancer
Dr. Esteves does a thorough exam, reviews your medical and family health history, and runs screening tests to determine the cause of your irregular bleeding.
How is abnormal bleeding treated?
Treatment for your bleeding depends on the cause. Hormonal intervention often reduces the severity, so birth control pills and some IUDs can help. You may also find relief from simple dietary changes.
In cases of uterine fibroids, you may require endometrial ablation, which destroys the lining of your uterus, to stop irregular bleeding. If your bleeding is due to endometriosis, minimally invasive surgery can remove the offending tissue and ease the bleeding.
Dr. Esteves offers the expert evaluation and insight necessary so that together you can make an informed decision about treating your abnormal bleeding. Call his office or schedule a consultation online to get started on a treatment plan.