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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:
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:
There are many reasons why problems with menstruation occur.
Some of of the most common reasons include:
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.
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!
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:
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.
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.
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!
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.