Board Certified OBGYN, Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Nutley, NJ
Abnormal vaginal bleeding affects one in five women. Irregular bleeding isn’t just a hassle, as it can also take a serious physical, social, and emotional toll on a woman and seriously impact her quality of life. Michael Straker, MD, and Massiel De La Cruz, PA-C, at Bestcare OB/GYN, have the experience to diagnose the cause of your irregular bleeding and help you find relief. To address your abnormal vaginal bleeding, call the office in Nutley, New Jersey, or use the online tool to schedule an appointment.
Abnormal Vaginal Bleeding Q & A
What is abnormal vaginal bleeding?
Most women have a cycle that occurs every 21-35 days. The bleeding part of this cycle usually goes on for about five days. If you have vaginal bleeding that lasts much longer, is quite heavy, or occurs more frequently, you may have abnormal vaginal bleeding.
Of course, every woman’s cycle is different. Some women simply bleed more than others and have slightly heavier or longer cycles. But, your period should not keep you from doing the things you love or prevent you from living a normal life.
For example, more than 60% of women report that they missed social or athletic events due to abnormal bleeding. Another 33% say they had to miss work because of it, and 80% report avoiding sex.
If your vaginal bleeding disrupts work or school or is interfering with your relationships, it’s definitely an issue you should have addressed by the providers at Bestcare OB/GYN.
What other symptoms may accompany abnormal vaginal bleeding?
Women who experience abnormal vaginal bleeding may also feel tired and nauseated. This type of bleeding is the primary cause of iron-deficiency anemia, a serious condition that can lead to low energy and brittle hair and nails.
Women with abnormal vaginal bleeding may have uncomfortable menstrual cramps and also suffer from headaches.
Abnormal vaginal bleeding can also correlate with depression or moodiness. Women may feel anxious and feel less confident during their period.
What causes abnormal vaginal bleeding?
Abnormal vaginal bleeding may signal a serious health issue that you shouldn’t ignore, including
- Uterine fibroids or polyps
- Miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy
- Problems with an IUD
- Certain types of cancer
Don’t ignore abnormal vaginal bleeding. Schedule a visit at Bestcare OB/GYN with one of our compassionate providers.
How is abnormal vaginal bleeding treated?
Treatment for abnormal vaginal bleeding depends on its cause. In some cases, simply changing your form of birth control or starting hormonal birth control eases the heaviness of your cycle.
Some women benefit from Novasure® ablation, a simple, minimally invasive process that uses radiofrequency energy to remove the endometrium, which is the lining of the uterus. Novasure is effective in reducing or stopping excessive bleeding in about three-quarters of the women who are treated.
Women who have bleeding due to fibroids or endometriosis may benefit from minimally invasive surgery to remove the offending tissue. Talk to Dr. Straker or Ms. De La Cruz to find out about your surgical options and how procedures performed with the da Vinci® surgical system result in a shorter recovery, minimal scarring, and an overall improvement in wellness.
Don’t just assume abnormal vaginal bleeding is something you have to tolerate. Call Bestcare OB/GYN to set up an appointment and learn about your treatment options. Alternatively, use the online tool to schedule.