Abnormal Uterine Bleeding Specialist

Harlem Esthetic Rejuvenation Center

General Gynecology & Minimally Invasive Surgery & Allergy Testing & Immunotherapy Clinic located in Harlem, New York, NY

Abnormal uterine bleeding may be a sign of a gynecological problem that needs treatment. OB/GYN Ededet Udo, MD, FACOG, and the team at Harlem Esthetic Rejuvenation Center diagnose and treat abnormal uterine bleeding at their clinic located in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan in New York City. If you’re concerned about abnormal uterine bleeding, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Abnormal Uterine Bleeding Q & A

What is abnormal uterine bleeding?

Abnormal uterine bleeding is when you bleed between monthly periods or have an extremely heavy or prolonged menstrual flow. The average length of a menstrual cycle is 28 days, but 21-35 days is considered normal. Most women bleed for about five days, but a normal period ranges from 2-7 days. 

How do I know if I have abnormal uterine bleeding?

An estimated 1% of women in the United States have abnormal uterine bleeding, but many don’t report it. Signs and symptoms of abnormal uterine bleeding include:

  • Bleeding or spotting between periods
  • Bleeding or spotting after sex
  • Bleeding after menopause
  • Extremely heavy bleeding during your period
  • Unusually long periods that last more than seven days
  • Inconsistent menstrual cycles that vary by more than seven days

You should talk to your OB/GYN at Harlem Esthetic Rejuvenation Center any time you have questions or concerns about your menstrual cycle. Abnormal uterine bleeding may be a sign of an underlying problem. 

What causes abnormal uterine bleeding?

There are many possible causes of abnormal uterine bleeding, from hormonal imbalances to early pregnancy. Common causes of abnormal uterine bleeding include:

  • Uterine fibroids and polyps
  • Endometriosis
  • Early pregnancy
  • Uterine or cervical cancer
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Menopause
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

The team at Harlem Esthetic Rejuvenation Center carefully investigates your condition to determine the specific cause of your bleeding. 

How is abnormal uterine bleeding diagnosed?

First, your provider at Harlem Esthetic Rejuvenation Center reviews your symptoms and medical history. It’s helpful to keep track of your menstrual cycles in a calendar or smartphone app so that you can share that information. They perform a physical and pelvic exam and may perform an in-office diagnostic test, such as:

Ultrasound

Ultrasound uses soundwaves to create images of your pelvic organs. Depending on your needs, you may get an abdominal ultrasound or a transvaginal ultrasound. 

Colposcopy 

Colposcopy provides a magnified image of your cervix through a lighted lens. This test uses a speculum to part the walls of your vagina while your provider examines your cervix through a colposcope placed outside your body. 

How is abnormal uterine bleeding treated?

After they diagnose the cause of your abnormal uterine bleeding, the team at Harlem Esthetic Rejuvenation Center recommends the best course of treatment. This typically involves treating the underlying issue with medications or lifestyle changes. If conservative treatments don’t improve your condition, they may recommend a procedure like endometrial ablation or surgery. 

If you think you have abnormal uterine bleeding, don’t hesitate to call Harlem Esthetic Rejuvenation Center or book an appointment online today.