Abnormal uterine bleeding is any bleeding that’s not related to normal menstruation. It might include spotting, which is very light bleeding, in between menstrual periods, or severely heavy bleeding in which you soak your tampon or pad every hour or so for more than two hours.
Possible causes of abnormal uterine bleeding vary widely based on a multitude of factors. This is why an accurate diagnosis by your OBGYN here at OC Women’s Care in Fountain Valley CA with Dr. Debora Sedaghat is crucial.
Possible Abnormal Uterine Bleeding Causes
Abnormal uterine bleeding could result from problems with the reproductive system, hormones, structural issues or even at times cancer to other health problems. These can include the following:
- Reproduction and fertility problems
- Endocrine system issues
- Uterine conditions and other noncancerous growths
- Precancerous and cancerous conditions
- Certain medicines and devices
- Sexual trauma or abuse
Treatments for Abnormal Uterine Bleeding
The treatment will be dependent on what’s causing abnormal bleeding. Common treatments include birth control pills, hormone therapy, progestin therapy or an implanted device inside the uterus, called an IUD, among others. If these don’t work, your OBGYN in Fountain Valley, CA may consider surgical intervention.
For instance, if your bleeding is due to a structural problem like a polyp or fibroid, it will have to be surgically removed via polypectomy or myomectomy. This usually won’t have any impact on your ability to conceive children. Uterine ablation, a surgical procedure to destroy the uterus lining, might also be an option for some individuals.
With uterine ablation, the uterus lining will be destroyed via heat, laser, freezing, microwave energy, or electricity. This procedure, however, isn’t recommended for those who are still looking to conceive in the future. Uterine artery embolization is another option that could be considered. As a last resort, hysterectomy, or the complete removal of the uterus, may be recommended and is typically done if medical therapy and less invasive treatment options fail to manage uncontrolled bleeding.
Concerned About Abnormal Uterine Bleeding? Don’t Hesitate to Reach Out to Us
Call (714) 966-2112 to arrange an appointment with your OBGYN Dr. Debora Sedaghat and her team here at OC Women’s Care in Fountain Valley CA today.