Abnormal Bleeding

Board Certified Obstetrician & Gynecologist located in Burlington, MA

Abnormal Bleeding services offered in Burlington, MA

Abnormal uterine bleeding may be more than just a nuisance. It could indicate serious underlying gynecological issues or health problems that require medical intervention. At Burlington OBGYN Associates Inc. in Burlington, Massachusetts, the board-certified obstetrics and gynecology specialists can help pinpoint the cause of abnormal bleeding and thus reduce your chance of complications and ease unpleasant symptoms. Schedule an evaluation at Burlington OBGYN Associates Inc. by phone or request one online today.

Abnormal Bleeding Q & A

What is abnormal bleeding?

Abnormal uterine bleeding, or abnormal menstrual periods, occurs when the bleeding occurs outside of a typical menstruation pattern. A normal menstrual flow usually lasts about five days and appears about every 21-35 days. Abnormal bleeding is a blood flow that is excessive, prolonged, very light, irregular, or nonexistent when it should be.

Examples of abnormal bleeding include:

  • Heavy bleeding
  • Bleeding after sex
  • Bleeding between periods
  • Periods lasting seven days or longer
  • Inconsistent menstrual cycles
  • Painful periods

You should see a Burlington OBGYN Associates specialist at the first sign of abnormal bleeding or if you’re unsure if your menstrual cycle and flow are normal.

What are the risk factors for abnormal bleeding?

The causes and risk factors associated with abnormal bleeding include:

  • Hormone imbalances
  • Perimenopause
  • Menopause
  • Pregnancy
  • Thyroid diseases
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
  • Excess body weight
  • Adenomyosis
  • Uterine cancer
  • Vaginal cancer
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Cervical cancer
  • Polyps
  • Fibroids
  • Endometriosis
  • Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
  • Certain medical conditions
  • Some medications
  • Injuries
  • Infections

If you’ve undergone menopause or are pregnant and notice bleeding, you should see the experts at Burlington OBGYN Associates immediately.

How is abnormal bleeding diagnosed?

To determine the cause of abnormal bleeding, specialists at Burlington OBGYN Associates review your typical menstrual cycle, symptoms, lifestyle, medications, and medical history. Your vital signs are checked, complete a physical exam and pelvic exam may be required, and you may have to do a Pap smear.

Our experts may recommend urine testing, blood tests, a pregnancy test, an ultrasound, a hysteroscopy, a biopsy, or other diagnostic tests to pinpoint possible causes and develop a treatment plan.

How is abnormal bleeding treated?

Experts at Burlington OBGYN Associates develop a treatment plan for abnormal bleeding which may include:

  • Watchful waiting
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Hormone therapy
  • Intrauterine device
  • Radiological procedures
  • Minimally invasive surgery

Experts in abnormal bleeding treatment at Burlington OBGYN Associates offer an array of minimally invasive gynecological surgeries if needed to treat an underlying cause of abnormal bleeding.

You might be a candidate for endometrial ablation, hysterectomy, or the removal of abnormal tissues within your reproductive tract. Our experts will discuss all treatment options with you to build a plan that provides the best outcome.

Schedule an appointment at Burlington OBGYN Associates Inc. by phone or request one online today to get treated for abnormal bleeding.