Dr. Buck Haskin has significant experience in advanced techniques used to diagnose and treat the causes of abnormal uterine bleeding, helping women in Great Neck and Rego Park, NY, get the most appropriate and most effective care based on their specific needs.
Abnormal uterine bleeding describes any kind of bleeding that occurs outside of a normal menstrual cycle or which is different from a normal period, including abnormally heavy periods and spotting between periods. Normally, periods occur about every 28 days and last anywhere from four to seven days. Periods that last significantly longer than that, or periods that tend to occur every three weeks or less or are more than five weeks apart are considered abnormal. Periods that are unusually heavy may also be considered abnormal, as are missed periods or periods that are completely absent.
One of the most common causes is a condition called menorrhagia that typically occurs in women of menopause and causes very heavy bleeding. Women with menorrhagia often must get up several times a night during sleep to change their pads, or must forego social activities due to their heavy flow. Other causes include polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis, thyroid disease, IUD use, uterine fibroids, and polyps. Heavy exercise, extreme stress, switching the type of birth control pill you use, and even breastfeeding can also cause changes in your menstrual cycle.
First, a personal and family medical history will be taken to look for risk factors and “clues.” A pelvic exam will be performed to look for abnormalities and a Pap test will gather cells for further evaluation. Depending on your symptoms and test results, you may require additional testing and exams, including colposcopy to examine your cervix or a hysteroscopy to look inside your uterus. Blood tests and diagnostic imaging tests may also be ordered.
Depending on the cause of your bleeding, treatment can include hormone therapy, changing your birth control method, or minimally-invasive procedures to treat fibroids, polyps or scarring.
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