Abnormal Bleeding Specialist

Heidi Oster, MD, PC

OB-GYN located in Lone Tree, CO

Abnormal uterine bleeding, while not uncommon, can cause alarm and may signal any number of underlying medical concerns, from pregnancy to fibroids. This condition should always be evaluated by a board certified OB/GYN. Dr. Heidi J. Oster, located in Lone Tree, Colorado, diagnoses, and remedies abnormal bleeding with state-of-the-art technology and treatments.

Abnormal Bleeding Q & A

What constitutes abnormal bleeding?

Abnormal bleeding, also called metrorrhagia, is defined as bleeding between menstrual periods, menstrual periods that last longer than seven days, or bleeding that’s excessively heavy, requiring you to change your tampon or pad more often than every hour. Also, any bleeding during pregnancy may indicate a problem and should be evaluated immediately by your OB/GYN. After you reach menopause and stop having menstrual periods, any vaginal bleeding is considered abnormal and should be discussed with your doctor.

What are common causes of abnormal bleeding?

Among the most common causes of abnormal bleeding are:

  • Certain medications: Such as birth control pills
  • Pregnancy
  • Menopause
  • Hormonal imbalances: Such as polycystic ovary syndrome
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Polyps or fibroids

In rare cases, cancer of the uterus, a thyroid problem, or infection of the pelvic organs — including the cervix, vagina, uterus, fallopian tubes, or ovaries — are responsible for uterine bleeding. In addition to signaling an underlying medical problem, abnormal bleeding itself can lead to anemia or an iron deficiency.

How is the cause diagnosed?

Dr. Oster begins by taking a thorough medical history and conducting a physical examination. Depending on your age and medical history, she also orders one or more of the following tests:

  • A pregnancy test
  • An ultrasound exam of your pelvic area
  • An endometrial biopsy of the uterine lining
  • A hysteroscopy to see the inside of your uterus

How is abnormal bleeding treated?

Treatment depends on the underlying cause and may include:

  • Medication: Birth control pills
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Endometrial ablation

Endometrial ablation is a procedure that utilizes various methods, including laser energy, radiofrequency or freezing, to destroy the uterine lining. 

A hysterectomy, an operation in which the uterus is removed, is always a last resort option, reserved for severe cases in which other less-invasive methods have been ineffective.

Dr. Oster provides a complete range of medical management and surgical treatment for the full array of issues known to cause abnormal bleeding.

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

Heidi J. Oster accepts most major insurance plans. Below is a short-list of just a few of the plans she accepts. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Beech Street
Bright Health
CHP+ (Colorado Health Plan Plus)
Colorado Access
Great West
Rocky Mountain Health Plans