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Abnormal Uterine Bleeding

Newport Beach OB/GYN Medical Group, Inc. -  - OB-GYN

Newport Beach OB/GYN Medical Group, Inc.

OB-GYNs located in Newport Beach, CA

Abnormal uterine bleeding, whether recent or chronic, has a broad definition but should always be addressed with Dr. Stephanie Ricci at Newport Beach OB/GYN Medical Group, Inc. on Hospital Road.

Abnormal Uterine Bleeding Q & A

How long does a typical menstrual cycle last?

A normal menstrual cycle should last anywhere from 21 to 35 days. Day 1 is considered to be the first day of your period with 21-35 days between each “Day 1”. Any bleeding that happens outside of that regular menstrual cycle is considered abnormal and can have a variety of causes and treatments.

What is considered “Abnormal Uterine Bleeding”?

Uterine bleeding is considered abnormal if it happens between periods, after sex, anytime in the menstrual cycle outside of a normal period, after menopause, bleeding heavier than normal, or bleeding longer than 7 days. Many women experience irregular periods for the first few years after menarche (beginning her period for the first time) or in the years leading up to menopause. However, abnormal uterine bleeding can occur at any time.

What causes abnormal uterine bleeding?

There are several causes for abnormal uterine bleeding. The most common of which are pregnancy, miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, IUD use, birth control pills, infection, fibroids, or Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). In rare cases, abnormal uterine bleeding may be an indication of uterine or cervical cancer.

How is abnormal uterine bleeding diagnosed and treated?

The doctors at Newport Beach OB/GYN will ask about a patient’s family history as well as her menstrual cycle. It is especially helpful to the track menstruation before a visit noting the dates, length, and type of bleeding. After a physical exam, a patient may have blood tests to check pregnancy, hormone levels, and blood counts. Further diagnostic testing may be required before treatment can begin. In many cases, hormonal medications are given to control abnormal uterine bleeding. Uterine curettage, uterine ablation, and hysterectomy may be indicated in some cases, but often not until medication has failed.

For more information on abnormal uterine bleeding or to schedule an appointment, contact Newport Beach OB/GYN Medical Group, Inc.