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