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Abnormal Bleeding

Dr. DeLeon's Woman's Health Care

OB/GYN & Wellness Center located in Rockwall, TX

Getting your period monthly is a sign of a healthy, functioning body, but abnormal vaginal bleeding can give you quite a scare. OB/GYN physician Luis DeLeon Usuga, MD, at Dr. DeLeon’s Woman’s Health Care in Rowlett, Texas, can answer your questions, diagnose you with one of the many potential causes of bleeding from your uterus, and start you on a personalized treatment plan. If you’re concerned that your vaginal bleeding isn’t normal, call Dr. DeLeon’s Woman’s Health Care at your earliest convenience.

Abnormal Bleeding Q & A

What is abnormal vaginal bleeding?

You’re likely familiar with your body’s pattern of getting a period every 24 to 38 days on average. Bleeding from your vagina during your period is normal and healthy, but some vaginal bleeding outside of natural, healthy parameters is not normal and may be a sign of an issue. Your vaginal bleeding is considered abnormal if:

  • It occurs after sex
  • It occurs between periods
  • It occurs after menopause
  • Your period is excessively heavy
  • Your menstrual cycle is longer or shorter than 24-38 days
  • Your menstrual cycle is irregular from month to month

If you’re unsure about whether or not your vaginal bleeding is considered normal, your doctor at Dr. DeLeon’s Woman’s Health Care can assess you and determine if you need treatment or further testing.

What causes abnormal vaginal bleeding?

Abnormal vaginal bleeding can indicate several different issues, so it’s important to get a diagnosis even if you’re unsure. Common causes of abnormal vaginal bleeding include:

  • Pregnancy
  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Problems with your intrauterine device (IUD)
  • Polyps (growths) in your uterus
  • Hormone imbalance
  • Miscarriage
  • Some types of cancer

Some causes are serious while others require an easy fix. If the cause of your abnormal vaginal bleeding is not immediately evident, you may need to take some tests to find out what’s causing it.

What are my treatment options for my abnormal vaginal bleeding?

Your course of treatment depends on the cause of your vaginal bleeding. Your doctor at Dr. DeLeon’s Woman’s Health Care develops a personalized treatment plan for you based on your medical history, the causes of your symptoms, and their severity. Your treatment plan may include:

  • Hormonal birth control
  • Medications to control bleeding
  • Anti-inflammatory drugs (like Ibuprofen)
  • Antibiotics (if it’s caused by an infection)
  • Endometrial ablation (destroying the lining of the uterus)
  • Hysterectomy (removing the uterus via surgery)

Your doctor will likely prescribe medications before resorting to a surgical treatment like endometrial ablation or a hysterectomy. He or she ensures that you are aware of all the risks that come with each treatment.

If you’re concerned about your vaginal bleeding and suspect that it’s abnormal, call Dr. DeLeon’s Woman’s Health Care today.