The Definition of Normal and Abnormal Can Vary
Every woman’s body is different. What seems normal for one woman could be completely out of the ordinary for another.
The normal length of the menstrual cycle is typically between 24 days and 38 days. A normal menstrual period generally lasts up to 8 days. There are very wide variations within that norm.
When should I see the doctor about abnormal bleeding?
Bleeding after periods have ended
Menstrual flow that is lighter or heavier than normal for you.
Prolonged menstrual bleeding.
A flow when you don’t expect it — such as during pregnancy or after menopause.
Noticeable bleeding after intercourse, which is not related to the start or end of your period.
Significant and unusual pain that accompanies your vaginal bleeding.
The Causes for Abnormal Bleeding Can Vary Widely
Several different scenarios can lead to occasional abnormal bleeding.
In order to get to get to the underlying cause of your abnormal bleeding your Viva Eve gynecologist might recommend or administer any combination of diagnostic tests.
The results of the examinations below will help your Viva Eve doctor focus on the correct diagnosis for your abnormal bleeding.
- Pelvic exam
- Ob/Gyn exam
- Pregnancy test
- STD tests
- Blood tests for anemia
- Thyroid function levels
- Ultrasound of your abdomen
- Endometrial biopsy
Your gynecologist’s main goal is to alleviate the bleeding and any accompanying discomfort. Most of these tests are very quick and minimally uncomfortable. Your Viva Eve Ob/Gyn will help you understand the steps, tell you how to prepare, and what to do to make sure these tests are as painless as possible.
What are the Treatment Options for Abnormal Bleeding?
Your abnormal vaginal bleeding treatment depends on the results of the diagnostic tests. Your Viva Eve gynecologist will keep you informed every step of the way and together you will come up with the treatment option that world for you and your unique circumstances.
Your treatment options may include the following:
- Thyroid function medication
- Adjustment in your blood thinner medication regimen
- STD and infection medication
- Surgery to remove cervical, vaginal, or uterine polyps
- Adjustment for contraception medication or a different contraception recommendation
- Minimally invasive non-surgical procedures for fibroids, like Uterine Fibroid Embolization
- Fibroid surgery or a hysterectomy
- Bed-rest with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicine (NSAIDs)