Many women experience abnormal bleeding or spotting at some point in their lives. Abnormal bleeding can occur at any age. Bleeding is abnormal when you experience:
Irregular periods are especially common around the ages nine to 14, when periods first begin, as well as during perimenopause, which usually occurs in a woman’s mid-40s. During perimenopause, it’s also not unusual to skip periods or for bleeding to get lighter or heavier.
There are many possible causes of abnormal bleeding, including:
If you’re pregnant, heavy bleeding or bleeding that occurs before 12 weeks may mean there’s a serious problem, including miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy. You should see Dr. Brodnik for any abnormal bleeding during your pregnancy.
The treatment for abnormal bleeding depends on what’s causing it. To determine the cause, Dr. Brodnik may perform a physical exam, blood tests, a pregnancy test, or tests for sexually transmitted infections.
He may also perform an ultrasound or a hysteroscopy, which is an in-office, minimally invasive procedure that allows Dr. Brodnik to look inside your uterus using a thin, lighted tube.
Depending on the cause, treatment may include medication, hormone therapy, or surgery. Birth control can help lighten flow and make periods more regular. Dr. Brodnik is also highly skilled with NovaSure® endometrial ablation, a safe and effective procedure that removes the uterine lining that often causes heavy bleeding.
If you’re experiencing abnormal bleeding or spotting, Dr. Brodnik and the staff at Bluefield Women’s Center can help. To get started, call or request an appointment online.
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