When you suffer from abnormal uterine bleeding, it causes anxiety. Dr. Vonne Jones of Total Women's Care in Houston, TX, provides personalized care for all of her patients. Abnormal uterine bleeding is not something that is just for older women, it can affect the young as well.

What Is Considered Abnormal Uterine Bleeding?

Before you can address the causes of abnormal uterine bleeding, you need to understand what uterine bleeding is considered abnormal.

  • Bleeding or spotting between periods
  • Bleeding after sex
  • Heavy menstrual bleeding that lasts more than 7 days or bleeds through one or more pads or tampons in an hour
  • Bleeding after menopause
  • Very irregular periods, too close together or too far apart
  • Bleeding during pregnancy

All of the above situations are considered irregular bleeding and should be checked out by your gynecologist.

Some Causes of Abnormal Uterine Bleeding

Ovulation Issues

Issues with ovulation can happen to women and girls of all ages. It can be irregular periods; ones that may come after 15 days one month and 30 days another. It can mean that you will ovulate one month and then don't ovulate for several months, which can cause a build-up of tissue in the lining of the uterus. It is most common in the early years of menstruation and duringĀ perimenopause.

Fibroids

Fibroids are noncancerous growths that can happen on or in the uterus. You may not know that you even have them. In some cases, your gynecologist can feel them when doing an exam. Fibroids often shrink or disappear when you go through menopause.

Cancer

While abnormal bleeding is not necessarily the result of cancer, it is something to keep in mind. Ovarian cancer, uterine cancer, or cervical cancer can all cause abnormal bleeding. Getting regular checks by your gynecologist helps you to catch any cancer early. If you have abnormal bleeding, don't hesitate to make an appointment to discuss it with your doctor. Most cancer can have a positive result if treated early.

Endometriosis

While endometriosis does not cause abnormal uterine bleeding, many people with endometriosis will experience abnormal bleeding due to some of the things that can result.

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease

PID is an inflammation of the female reproductive organs often the result of having had an STD. It is important to have safe sex to avoid an STD and if you have one, to get it treated early. Abnormal bleeding is not the only result, it can cause infertility.

Contact Dr. Vonne Jones at Total Women's Care when you need help with abnormal uterine bleeding in Houston, TX. Call our office at 346-320-3188 for an appointment or reach out through our website.

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