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.
Among the most common causes of abnormal bleeding are:
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.
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:
Treatment depends on the underlying cause and may include:
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.
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.
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