Abnormal Bleeding

Highland Park Ob-Gyn Associates -  - OB/GYN

Highland Park Ob-Gyn Associates

OB/GYNs located in Northbrook, IL

Abnormal bleeding is often a sign of a gynecological health problem and shouldn’t be ignored. At Highland Park Ob-Gyn Associates in Northbrook, Illinois, Steven Valfer, MD, and Regan Valfer, MD, provide expert exams and testing to identify the cause of your abnormal bleeding and offer customized treatments to relieve your symptoms. If you’re concerned about abnormal uterine bleeding, call Highland Park Ob-Gyn Associates today or schedule a consultation online.

Abnormal Bleeding Q & A

When is bleeding abnormal?

Many factors can classify uterine bleeding as abnormal. A normal menstrual cycle is 24-38 days long, and periods should last less than eight days. If your menstrual cycle is longer or shorter than this range, or if your period persists for more than a week, it is abnormal.

Suppose you bleed between periods or have such heavy menstrual bleeding that you need to change your pad or tampon more frequently than every two hours. 

In that case, you should make an appointment with your doctor at Highland Park Ob-Gyn Associates to find out what’s causing your abnormal bleeding. 

What causes abnormal bleeding?

Many reproductive health issues can cause abnormal bleeding. Some of the common causes of heavy or irregular periods include:

  • Ovulation problems
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome
  • Fibroids
  • Endometriosis
  • Uterine cancer
  • Cervical cancer
  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Miscarriage
  • Issues with an intrauterine device (IUD)

You don’t need to live with heavy or irregular bleeding. The doctors at Highland Park Ob-Gyn Associates can help.

How is the cause of abnormal bleeding diagnosed?

Your doctor begins your diagnosis with a comprehensive history and physical exam. After reviewing your symptoms, medical history, and lifestyle factors, they perform a pelvic exam and Pap smear. 

In addition to the exam and Pap test, the doctor may perform other in-house laboratory evaluations, including blood tests, urinalysis, and an endometrial biopsy. They also offer ultrasounds and sonohysterograms to confirm and evaluate your reproductive health. 

How is abnormal bleeding treated?

Your physician at Highland Park Ob-Gyn Associates provides a personalized treatment plan to address the underlying cause of your abnormal bleeding. 

Following your diagnosis, they educate you about your condition and the various medical and surgical treatment options, helping you choose the best plan.

Your physician might prescribe medication, such as birth control pills or hormone-replacement therapy tailored to your individual needs, depending on your specific condition and symptoms. A hormonal imbalance can affect your menstrual cycle and many reproductive health issues.

If your symptoms are due to a structural issue, such as fibroids, polyps, or endometriosis, your doctor might recommend surgery to correct the problem. The team uses minimally invasive procedures whenever possible. 

Call Highland Park Ob-Gyn Associates or make an appointment online today if abnormal bleeding interferes with your health or quality of life.