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Abnormal Bleeding

Abnormal Bleeding is Never Normal

You may wonder if your period is normal or not. While your cycle may vary a bit each month and change with age, abnormal bleeding should be examined and treated if you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms:

  • Menstrual cycle lasting less than 21 days or more than 35 days (measured from the first day of bleeding to the next occurrence of bleeding)
  • Bleeding that lasts longer than 7 days
  • Heavy bleeding or passing large clots (needing to change protection during the night, soaking through a pad or tampon every hour for 2 – 3 hours in a row)
  • Severe cramps, especially the sudden onset of such cramping
  • Bleeding or spotting between periods
  • Bleeding after intercourse
  • Bleeding after menopause

For one in five women, heavy bleeding interferes with their lives. The most common cause – an excess of uterine lining – is easily treated with a procedure called endometrial ablation. If you have completed your family, you might be a good candidate.

How we can treat abnormal bleeding.

Endometrial Ablation

Procedure

A special, lighted telescope, hysteroscope, is used to look inside your uterus to achieve a definitive diagnosis for abnormal bleeding. Excess tissue – even polyps, fibroids, and cancers – can be seen with this instrument. 

Endometrial ablation “burns off” excess uterine lining (endometrium) and eliminates heavy periods. This is not a surgical procedure, so you will not have an incision.  

Techniques

We use several types of ablation techniques and will recommend the best for your particular case.