Heavy Menstrual Bleeding
What is heavy menstrual bleeding?
Heavy menstrual bleeding, or abnormal uterine bleeding (AUB), is medically defined as blood flow from the vagina or uterus when a woman is not due for her period, when the blood flow is inappropriate, or when it is irregular in amount.
What is AUB caused from?
Abnormal heavy periods or menstrual bleeding can occur during early pregnancy, during ectopic pregnancy, after sexual intercourse, after a hysterectomy, after a Cesarean section, after a uterine ablation, between monthly cycles, and after menopause.
What are other causes of heavy period bleeding?
Possible causes of vaginal bleeding include placenta previa, miscarriage, ovulation abnormalities and mid-cycle hormonal changes, oral medications, IUDs or other foreign bodies, PCOS, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), STDs or STIs, and perimenopause. Less common causes include sexual assault, fibroids, prolapse, or polyps, stress, cancer, and hyperthyroidism and diabetes.
What important information should I tell my gynecologist?
When one experiences abnormal bleeding, there are three questions to be asked: Am I pregnant? What is the pattern of the bleeding? Is it sudden or frequent? How long does the bleeding last? Am I ovulating? Is there any associated pelvic pain?
When is heavy menstrual bleeding an emergency?
If you are experiencing heaving bleeding, and are using more than one pad per hour, either with or without clots, then you should call your doctor and go to the hospital. While in the ER, usually patients are given a high dose of estrogen and progesterone to decrease and stop the heavy periods.
How do I stop abnormal heavy uterine bleeding?
There are many treatments available for abnormal menses, and they vary depending on the origin.
Where can I seek treatment near me for heavy bleeding?
If you are unsure of the cause of your bleeding, then please make an appointment with Dr. Gitiforooz, a gynecology doctor in the area, today.