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.
Why Seek Menopause Counseling?
- Vaginal dryness
- Sleep disturbances
- Hair loss
- Weight gain
- Weakening bones (a sign of osteoporosis)
- Memory and concentration issues
- Hot flashes
- Mood swings
Lifestyle changes: One way that women can improve their symptoms is by changing their lifestyle around to ensure that they are practicing good self-care. This includes everything from getting regular exercise to stress management and deep breathing to healthy eating and meditation.
Counseling or therapy: We understand that for many women, menopause brings a lot of changes, some of which are emotional. If you are feeling anxious, depressed, or irritable you may find therapy to be particularly helpful for talking through your feelings and learning new and more effective strategies to help you cope with these stressors.
Hormone therapy: As women transition into menopause, certain hormones are not being produced by the body. These hormone fluctuations are why women deal with everything from vaginal dryness to hot flashes. Based on the symptoms you are experiencing your OBGYN can determine the best type of hormone therapy for you. This may come in the form of a cream, patch, pill, or injection. You must talk to your doctor about the pros and cons associated with hormone replacement therapy (HRT).
Osteoporosis treatment: Many women going through menopause also develop osteoporosis, a weakening of the bones. This can increase a woman’s risk for fractures or serious bone injuries. This is why menopausal women should have a bone density scan done. By catching osteoporosis early, we can provide you with the proper treatment as well as exercises and diet to slow the progression of the disease.
Don’t let hot flashes, mood swings, and weight gain dictate your life or your happiness. Talk with your OBGYN today to find ways to help alleviate your menopause symptoms.
Why Moms Need Prenatal Care
Your Prenatal Care
You will visit your OBGYN about once a month from weeks 4 through 28. Once you reach week 28, you will visit the doctor biweekly until week 36. Once you reach week 36 and until birth you will visit your doctor weekly. Women who are over 35 years old or have a high-risk pregnancy should see the doctor more often.
Along with monitoring you and your baby’s health, certain tests are performed throughout your pregnancy to check for everything from diabetes and anemia to STIs and certain genetic tests. Following a schedule is incredibly important for you and your baby throughout your pregnancy.
Whether you suspect that you might be pregnant, or you have questions about the prenatal services we offer, don’t hesitate to call our OBGYN practice to schedule an appointment.
Here’s when you should get an STD test,
You are noticing symptoms
You have a new partner
You aren’t practicing safe sex
You have multiple partners
It’s a good rule of thumb to get tested at least once a year since many STDs do not produce any symptoms at all, so you could have an STD and not even know it. If you need to schedule an STD test, your OBGYN can often provide you with comprehensive testing right here in their very own office. This is a great option for many women because they have already established a rapport with their doctor and may feel more comfortable undergoing a more sensitive procedure such as an STD screening with a gynecologist they know and trust. Knowing your health status doesn’t just protect you, it also protects your partner.
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