Defining normal can be tricky when you’re talking about a whole population of women. However, you know what’s normal for your body, and though that may change over the course of your life, the changes are usually gradual. When you experience sudden, big changes in your menstrual cycle, it’s time to seek expert care.
At Medical Care for Women, Dr. Andrea Olanescu and her staff know that sudden changes can be scary, or simply annoying. In either case, we can identify the cause, and suggest effective treatments if necessary. If you have abnormal menstrual bleeding, you don’t have to just live with it.
Potential causes of abnormal bleeding
Although abnormal bleeding doesn’t always cause alarm, it can be a symptom of some serious conditions. One heavy period may not be a reason to worry, but sudden changes or a steady worsening of symptoms related to your menstrual cycle are a good reason to schedule a visit with Dr. Olanescu.
Some potential causes of abnormal bleeding include:
- A blood clotting disorder
- Anovulation - failure to release an egg
- Some forms of cancer
- Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
- Early pregnancy complications
- Postpartum complications
You may think that heavy or painful periods are simply your lot in life, or you may be embarrassed to discuss it with your primary care physician. However, an experienced and knowledgeable gynecologist is exactly the right specialist to talk to about this problem.
When to see a doctor
If you experience a sudden, big change in your menstrual cycle, or if you notice a pattern you should talk to Dr. Olanescu. One heavy or irregular period probably isn’t cause for concern, but a pattern could indicate a problem. Similarly, a drastic change in the amount of blood and pain you experience is a reason to talk to a medical professional.
When you come to our office, we’ll ask about your menstrual cycles, whether you use birth control and what kind, and your gynecological history, as well as other health-related questions. That information helps Dr. Olanescu begin to diagnose your issue. Another thing you can always expect is compassionate and effective treatment recommendations.
If you’re living with abnormal bleeding, schedule your appointment at Medical Care for Women today.