Even under normal circumstances no woman looks forward to her period and all of its accompanying inconveniences. For those who experience abnormal bleeding, these issues are even more significant — as well as a potential health concern. Fortunately, help is available to treat this condition.
Dr. Thomas Hatchett and Britteny Barron, our midwife nurse practitioner, provide full-service integrative health care at Habersham OBGYN in Demorest, Georgia. Whether you're having an issue such as abnormal bleeding, need preventive care, or are expecting a baby, we can help with customized and compassionate support.
Most women get their periods anywhere from every 24 to 34 days with 28 days being the average and bleeding lasting from 4 to 7 days. However, some women — up to 35 percent — experience changes in their bodies that cause abnormal bleeding.
Abnormal bleeding can come in various forms including bleeding that is longer and/or heavier than usual or occurs randomly at irregular times. It can also happen following sex or after menopause.
Abnormal bleeding can be caused by a number of different health conditions.
Fibroids are growths that occur on the inside of the uterus in its muscle wall or on its outer surface. They are not cancer and do not cause symptoms for many women. In some, however, they can result in periods that are heavier and longer than usual as well as bleeding between cycles. Pelvic pain, low back pain, and urinary issues are other potential symptoms.
Also known as endometrial polyps, uterine polyps occur when growths on the inner wall of the uterus expand into the organ. They are typically but not always non-cancerous and result from the overgrowth of cells lining the uterus.
Endometriosis is caused by cells that line the uterus growing in other places of the body including the ovaries, fallopian tubes, bladder, bowel, rectum, the lining of the pelvic area, and more. These growths are affected by hormone changes and can cause pain, heaving periods, irregular bleeding, and more.
Abnormal bleeding can be the result of a hormonal imbalance. This type of AUB is more common in teenagers, women in perimenopause, and those who are overweight.
Irregular bleeding can also result from pregnancy. Early in the pregnancy it can occur when the egg implants in the lining of the uterus. In addition, the cervix develops more blood vessels which can cause bleeding. It can also be due to an ectopic pregnancy, a problem with the placenta or pregnancy loss.
Fortunately, there are a variety of treatments available for abnormal bleeding depending on the cause. If you're experiencing this issue and seeking a diagnosis and personalized treatment plan, call our office at 706-229-4233 for an appointment today or book one online.