Why am I experiencing abnormal bleeding?

Young woman suffering from pain at home At Craig Ranch OB/GYN, McKinney, TX area, women can have their reproductive health evaluated regularly. In addition to having routine pap smears to look for signs of cervical cancer, we encourage women to also talk to our doctor when changes occur in their menstrual cycle. This includes increased or unusual bleeding that may arise, either during one’s period or between them. Knowing the cause of the problem will allow our team the chance to provide a solution that can address the source of the problem.

Why am I experiencing abnormal menstrual bleeding?

There are many reasons why you might experience abnormal menstrual bleeding:

  • Medical conditions. Abnormal bleeding could be due to a medical condition, such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis, or uterine fibroids.
  • Side effects. It could also be a known side effect of certain medications, such as birth control pills or blood thinners.
  • Hormonal changes. Abnormal menstrual bleeding may also be due to differences in your hormone levels. This is more common in women who are experiencing perimenopause and menopause.
  • Pregnancy complications. If you are pregnant, strange or unusual bleeding may need to be evaluated further to ensure the baby and pregnancy remains healthy.

What qualifies as “abnormal bleeding?”

Abnormal bleeding is any bleeding that is heavier or lasts longer than what is considered normal for you. It can also refer to bleeding that occurs more frequently than usual or at unexpected times, such as between periods.

What are some possible treatments for abnormal menstrual bleeding?

  • Hormonal therapy
  • Uterine ablation
  • D&C
  • Hysterectomy

What should I do if I notice significant changes in my menstrual bleeding?

If you’re concerned about abnormal bleeding, the first step is to talk to your doctor. Dr. Craig Ranch can determine if there is an underlying medical condition causing your symptoms and recommend the best treatment plan for you. Getting a definitive diagnosis can help find a solution that will work or put your mind at ease.

Who can I call for assistance?

Dr. Craig Ranch and his team in McKinney, TX, can help! Call 214-544-6600 to request a visit to our office and undergo a complete and thorough evaluation.

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