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 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.
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:
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.
There are many possible causes of abnormal uterine bleeding, from hormonal imbalances to early pregnancy. Common causes of abnormal uterine bleeding include:
The team at Harlem Esthetic Rejuvenation Center carefully investigates your condition to determine the specific cause of your bleeding.
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 uses soundwaves to create images of your pelvic organs. Depending on your needs, you may get an abdominal ultrasound or a transvaginal ultrasound.
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.
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.