Ob-Gyne Associates of Lake Forest, Ltd
OB-GYNs & Women's Health located in Lake Forest, IL & Grayslake, IL
Irregular uterine bleeding is inconvenient and potentially the sign of a serious health concern. If you experience spotting between your periods or especially long cycles, the expert OB/GYNs at Ob-Gyne Associates of Lake Forest, Ltd. are available to help. They evaluate your symptoms and use diagnostic screenings to determine the cause. If you live in the Lake Forest or Grayslake, Illinois, area and are looking for caring, compassionate, and expert OB/GYNs for help with irregular bleeding, contact the friendly, helpful office staff today. Call the office, or book your appointment online.
Irregular Bleeding Q & A
When should I seek evaluation of uterine bleeding?
Every woman’s cycle is different, but no menstrual period should interfere regularly with your daily life. The average period lasts about five days and comes every 21-35 days. Uterine bleeding that falls outside of these parameters warrants medical evaluation.
If you experience any of the following, your cycle may be abnormal, and you may need an evaluation if you have:
- A period that regularly lasts longer than five days
- Spotting between periods
- More frequent or less frequent periods than normal
- Bleeding after sexual intercourse (regularly)
- Heavy flow that is hard to control with hygiene products
Extreme cramping and pelvic pain also indicate a potential gynecological issue that would benefit from evaluation.
Why should I seek treatment for irregular bleeding?
If you suffer from irregular bleeding, you know how it can cause anxiety, disturb your sleep, and lead to embarrassing incidents.
Don’t ignore abnormal bleeding as it may be a sign of a serious health issue, such as endometriosis or uterine fibroids. Heavy bleeding can also lead to iron-deficient anemia, which has additional health ramifications.
What causes irregular bleeding?
Abnormal bleeding can be a symptom of a variety of medical concerns. Dr. Appiah-Dwamena performs a comprehensive exam and screening tests to determine the cause. Common issues causing your bleeding may be:
- Hormonal disruption (such as during menopause)
- Uterine fibroids or polyps
- Problems with an IUD
- Miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy
- Bleeding disorders
- Certain types of cancer
To determine the cause of your abnormal bleeding, the doctors may recommend an ultrasound, minimally invasive laparoscopy, or other screening tests.
How is irregular bleeding treated?
Treatment depends on the cause of your irregular bleeding. In some cases, changing birth control methods or going on a hormonal form of birth control eases your problems. Some women may need surgery to remove endometriosis or large, symptomatic uterine fibroids.
Whatever your particular issue, the staff at Ob-Gyne Associates of Lake Forest, Ltd. works with you to find an appropriate treatment plan.
You can find relief from irregular uterine bleeding. Call the office, or book online to find solutions.
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