Rancho OBGYN

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IRREGULAR PERIODS

WHAT IS A NORMAL PERIOD?

Menstruation is the phase of the ovulatory cycle when vaginal bleeding occurs. It is also referred to as “a period.” 

 

A normal period has the following characteristics: 

 

  • Occurs every 4-6 weeks
  • Typically lasts 3 to 7 days
  • Does not significantly interfere with your normal activities or life events
  • Can vary in heaviness and the amount of cramping a woman experiences, but should be overall similar month to month
 
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WHAT IS AN IRREGULAR PERIOD?

An irregular period refers to any menstrual cycle that does not fit the “normal” pattern of bleeding. The medical term is abnormal uterine bleeding.

 

 

Symptoms of abnormal uterine bleeding include:

 

 

  • Having periods less frequently than every 4-6 weeks (skipping months)
  • Having periods more frequently (feeling like you are constantly bleeding)
  • Spotting between periods 
  • Spotting after sex
  • Having a regular, but very heavy period that interferes with your lifestyle and normal activities
 

WHY AM I HAVING IRREGULAR PERIODS?

There are many reasons why problems with menstruation occur. 

 

 

Some of of the most common reasons include:

 

 

  •  Pregnancy or breastfeeding
  •  Being close to menopause (called perimenopause)
  •  Taking certain medications like birth control or blood thinners
  •  Having a medical condition, like thyroid disease or liver disease, that is not treated properly
  •  Having an undiagnosed brain tumor (prolactinoma) or adrenal gland tumor 
  •  An untreated sexually transmitted infection (STD), such as gonorrhea and chlamydia
  •  Uterine fibroids or polyps
  •  Endometrial cancer (cancer of the inside of the uterus)
  •  Over exercising or extreme calorie restriction
  •  Recent weight gain or being above your ideal body weight
  •  PCOS
 
 At Rancho OB/GYN, our gynecologists are trained in diagnosing and treating irregular periods. 
 
If you live in the Temecula or Murrieta, CA area and have abnormal uterine bleeding, please call our Rancho OBGyn office to discuss your symptoms further because better health starts here! 
 

I HAVE IRREGULAR PERIODS, SHOULD I BE WORRIED?

It is not normal to have an irregular period and you should see a gynecologist to determine why this is happening.

 

 

Many of the causes of irregular periods can be easily treated, but early intervention is key.

 

This is why, at Rancho OB/GYN, our gynecologists take the time to listen to your concerns and perform a detailed exam so that our providers can get you the proper treatment you need for your irregular periods. Our office is located down the street from Rancho Springs Medical Center and we serve patients in the areas of Temecula, Murrieta, Lake Elsinore, Canyon Lake, Hemet, and Fallbrook, California.

 
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WILL I HAVE LONG-TERM HEALTH PROBLEMS BECAUSE I HAVE AN IRREGULAR PERIOD?

Although not all causes of irregular periods are dangerous per se, some do increase your risk of other problems later in life.

 
These risks include diabetes, heart disease, infertility, anemia, and endometrial cancer.

 

To prevent any long-term consequences from abnormal uterine bleeding, it is important you get seen by a gynecologist and treated for your irregular periods right away.

 
Our providers at Rancho OBGyn are experts in both diagnosing and treating causes of irregular periods. If you live in the Temecula or Murrieta, CA area and struggle with your periods, please call our Rancho OBGyn office today because better health starts here!

HOW WILL THE GYNECOLOGISTS AT RANCHO OBGYN DIAGNOSE MY IRREGULAR PERIODS?

At Rancho OBGyn, our gynecologists take the time to not only ask you about your periods in detail, but to alsol ask you lots of questions to assess your general health including:

 

  • Your personal medical history
  • Your sexual history and what you use for birth control
  • Any prescription or over-the-counter medications you are using
  • Your diet and exercise routine 
  • Any new stressors in your life
  • You family’s medical history
  • Any new symptoms you have been having unrelated to your menstrual concerns

 

Our gynecologists also perform a physical exam to check your overall health. 

This physical exam includes a pelvic exam to make sure everything looks normal down below and a swab to check for STDs.

 
diagnosis

MY DOCTOR ORDERED AN ENDOMETRIAL BIOPSY, SHOULD I BE WORRIED?

An endometrial biopsy is where a sample of the tissue on the inside of the uterus is obtained to rule out cancer as the cause of irregular bleeding. 

 

Most of the time there is nothing to worry about. 

 

However, if cancer is a concern, it is very important to complete the biopsy as soon as possible to rule it out because early diagnosis and treatment is key. 

 

The biopsy is performed at our Rancho OBGyn office during a pelvic exam. 

 

It involves placing a skinny, straw-looking device through the cervix into the uterus and taking a tissue sample. It is a relatively quick procedure that can cause cramping as it is being performed, but is overall well-tolerated by patients. 

HOW ARE IRREGULAR PERIODS TREATED?

The treatment for irregular or bothersome periods depends on what is causing them.

 

Sometimes, no treatment is needed. 

 

Sometimes, the treatment may involve taking some sort of hormonal contraception to regulate your periods, such as birth control pills or placing an IUD.

 

Sometimes, it involves surgery.

 

This is why, at Rancho OB/GYN, our gynecologists work hard to identify the exact cause of your irregular periods so that our providers can tailor any treatment recommendations to your individual needs. 

 

If you live in the Temecula or Murrieta, CA area and struggle with your periods, please call our Rancho OB/GYN office to schedule an appointment because better health starts here!

WILL HAVE AN IRREGULAR PERIOD AFFECT MY CHANCES OF GETTING PREGNANT?

Whether you will have future problems getting pregnant because you are experiencing abnormal uterine bleeding will depend on the cause.

 

Most of the time, the reason for your spotty or heavy periods is not serious. However, sometimes, the cause can be quite serious. 

 

If you are attempting to get pregnant and you are experiencing irregular bleeding in between your periods, it is important to discuss this with your obstetrician immediately. 

 
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