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Although it's known as "the time of the month," menstrual cycles aren't always predictable. Many women may experience irregular bleeding associated with their menstrual cycle; this is known as menorrhagia. Whether it's spotting on a day that you're not supposed to have your period, or having a short cycle one month and a longer one the next, this is something that Dr. Eric Bentolila and Dr. Jacqueline Saitta, your OB/GYNs in Ridgewood, New Jersey, want to discuss with you. Some details about this common gynecological problem are outlined below.
Causes of irregular bleeding
Your Ridgewood OB/GYN treats patients with certain medical conditions that affect how their menstrual cycle functions. Endometriosis, blood disorders, and infections can cause the uterine lining to shed at times other than your period. Hormonal medications, in particular those that contain estrogen or progesterone, can often throw off menstrual cycles, causing an irregular pattern of bleeding throughout the month. Anti-inflammatory medication or those that prevent blood clots can also have an effect on the menstrual cycle.
Treatment for irregular bleeding
There are a variety of ways that your Ridgewood OB/GYN can help you manage irregular bleeding. Diagnosing and treating an infection, for example, may completely eliminate the problem. If bleeding tends to happen after intercourse, your doctor may order some tests such as a Pap smear, ultrasound, or biopsy to determine the underlying cause. Oral contraceptives or hormone replacements can balance out your cycle. Surgical procedures may be necessary if conservative treatments haven't proved effective.
A word of caution: any time you experience bleeding during a pregnancy, no matter how slight, it warrants an immediate call to your Ridgewood OB/GYN for an evaluation. For other questions or to make an appointment with Dr. Bentolila or Dr. Saitta, call the Ridgewood office at (201) 447-1700 or our Bayonne location at (201) 447-0467.
Are you experiencing irregular bleeding? Irregular or abnormal vaginal bleeding is any bleeding from your vagina that isn't part of a regular menstrual period. See your OBGYN if you are experiencing irregular bleeding– especially if you have more frequent or heavier bleeding. Eric Bentolila MD, PA (offices in Ridgewood, NJ, Bayonne, NJ) offers a full range of obstetrical and gynecological services for women of all ages.
Overview of Irregular Bleeding
Irregular bleeding is a common menstrual complaint. On average, women get their period every 24 to 38 days. A period typically lasts about 2 to 8 days. Many women experience irregular bleeding at some point in their lives. It's often nothing to worry about. However, sometimes irregular bleeding is a sign of a serious condition. A number of things can cause it to happen.
Causes of Irregular Bleeding
The most common cause of abnormal vaginal bleeding is a side effect of taking birth control pills. Other causes causes of irregular bleeding include rapid gain or loss of weight, thyroid disease, a miscarriage, hormone imbalance, noncancerous growths, cancer, and certain medications. Vaginal bleeding between periods can also indicate an infection of your reproductive organs.
When to Seek Medical Help
You should consult your OBGYN in Ridgewood, NJ, any time you're experiencing irregular bleeding. The cause of the abnormal bleeding could be serious and should be determined. See your healthcare provider as soon as possible if you are pregnant and have bleeding. If you have other serious symptoms in addition to vaginal bleeding, you may need immediate care. These include fever, dizziness, fatigue, and pain.
Abnormal Bleeding Evaluation
When you see your healthcare provider about irregular bleeding, be prepared to answer questions about your symptoms. Your healthcare provider will want to know about any symptoms that you’ve experienced and any medications you’re taking. Your healthcare provider may also give you a physical exam. Diagnostic tests can help your healthcare provider find the cause of the bleeding. Your healthcare provider may draw blood to check hormone levels. Your doctor may also want to perform an ultrasound and biopsy.
Treatment for Irregular Bleeding
In some cases, abnormal bleeding will resolve on its own. However, for some patients, the underlying cause requires treatment. Treatment will vary based on what is causing your abnormal bleeding. Ignoring the problem and failing to see a medical professional can lead to a worsening of the problem. If the cause of the bleeding is cancer, an infection, or another serious condition, the consequences could be life-threatening.
Don't ignore irregular bleeding. Call Dr. Eric Bentolila and Dr. Jacqueline D. Saitta at (201) 447-1700 now to schedule an appointment in Ridgewood, NJ. Call (201) 447-0467 to schedule an appointment in Bayonne, NJ. We provide women in Ridgewood and Bayonne, NJ and surrounding areas with superior OBGYN services!
Are you worried about irregular bleeding? Bleeding can occur due to a variety of factors and doesn't necessarily mean you have a serious health problem. Dr. Eric Bentolila provides reproductive health care for women of all ages in the Ridgewood, NJ, area.
Why do I have irregular bleeding?
Irregular bleeding can be caused by:
- Starting a New Birth Control Method: Spotting between periods is common if you begin using a hormonal means of birth control. It may also occur if you stop using hormonal birth control.
- Vaginal Dryness: Dry tissues are easily irritated and may bleed. Inserting a tampon or having sex can cause bleeding if you suffer from vaginal dryness. Although dryness is particularly common in post-menopausal women, it can happen at any age.
- Infections: Bleeding may occur if you have a sexually transmitted infection, such as chlamydia, gonorrhea; pelvic inflammatory disease; inflammation of the cervix or bacterial vaginosis.
- Miscarriage: Call your OB/GYN if you're pregnant and begin bleeding, as bleeding may be a sign of a miscarriage.
- Ectopic Pregnancy: An ectopic pregnancy occurs when a fertilized egg begins to grow in the Fallopian tubes or another area outside the uterus. Bleeding and pelvic pain are common symptoms of this potentially life-threatening condition.
- Peri-menopause: Heavy bleeding and spotting may be more likely to occur during peri-menopause.
- Uterine Fibroids or Polyps: These benign growths won't harm your health, but they can cause heavy bleeding.
- Thyroid Issues: Thyroid problems can create hormonal imbalances and cause spotting, fatigue, weight gain, and other symptoms.
- Medication Side Effects: Certain prescription medications, such as anticoagulants, tranquilizers, tamoxifen, antidepressants, and anti-inflammatories, may trigger spotting or heavy bleeding during your period.
- Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS): Abnormal bleeding, spotting, unwanted hair growth, weight gain, and infertility can all be signs of PCOS.
- Health Conditions: Kidney or liver disease, celiac disease or a blood clotting disorder may be to blame for your irregular bleeding.
- Cancer: Abnormal bleeding can sometimes be a symptom of cervical, uterine, ovarian or endometrial cancer.
A visit to your Ridgewood OB/GYN can help you determine the source of your bleeding. Depending on your symptoms, your doctor may recommend one or more tests to pinpoint the cause.
Don't ignore irregular bleeding. Call Ridgewood, NJ, OB/GYN Dr. Bentolila at (201) 447-1700 to schedule an appointment.