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Abnormal Uterine Bleeding

Physicians for Women - Melius, Schurr & Cardwell -  - Obstetrician & Gynecologist

Physicians for Women - Melius, Schurr & Cardwell

Obstetricians & Gynecologists & Primary Care Physicians located in Madison, WI

Abnormal uterine bleeding is not only uncomfortable and inconvenient, but it can also be a sign of a serious health condition. The team at Physicians for Women in Madison, Wisconsin, offers comprehensive diagnostic services for abnormal bleeding and other gynecologic concerns. If you’re ready to find answers and explore treatment options for abnormal uterine bleeding, call the office today to set up a visit, or use the online booking tool.

Abnormal Uterine Bleeding Q & A

What is abnormal uterine bleeding?

Every woman has a unique experience with menstrual bleeding, and it’s not uncommon for your periods to change over time. While a degree of discomfort and variations in the flow and duration of your periods are normal, significant changes should be evaluated by a gynecologist. 

Abnormal uterine bleeding is present when your periods:

  • Are significantly heavier than normal
  • Last longer than normal
  • Occur at irregular intervals, with more than 35 days or less than 21 days between periods
  • Are unusually uncomfortable or painful

Don’t live with abnormal uterine bleeding when there are treatments that can help. 

 

How is abnormal uterine bleeding diagnosed?

Your practitioner begins by discussing your personal health history and recent symptoms. A pelvic exam follows, giving your doctor a chance to look for signs of tissue abnormalities. 

Lab work is usually part of the diagnostic process. Through testing like blood work, urinalysis, Pap smears, and other screenings, more information is gathered on how your body is functioning. Ultrasound imaging can also help by providing a view of your reproductive organs and surrounding tissues. 

Physicians for Women offers a wide range of in-house diagnostic tools to help you find answers as quickly as possible, without running around town to multiple appointments. 

 

What could be causing abnormal uterine bleeding?

Numerous things can lead to abnormal bleeding. Some common causes include:

  • Endometriosis
  • Early pregnancy or postpartum complications
  • Uterine fibroids or endometrial polyps
  • Certain types of cancer or benign gynecologic diseases
  • Chronic health conditions
  • Blood-clotting disorders
  • Infection of the uterus or cervix
  • Anovulation, or failure of your ovaries to release an egg
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (or PCOS)

Each of these conditions has a unique set of treatment options, ranging from drug therapy to minimally invasive procedures and even major surgery in some cases. The first step in creating a customized treatment plan is determining the cause of your abnormal uterine bleeding.

Before embarking on a treatment plan, you’ll receive the details you need to make an informed decision about your care. Begin that path today by booking an appointment online. You are also welcome to call the office to speak with a member regarding appointment availability.