Abnormal bleeding includes periods that are heavier, lighter, more or less frequent, or cycles that last for less than 21 days or more than 35 days. On average a woman loses 2 ounces of blood during her period, and it’s not uncommon to experience some minor cramping and discomfort. When a woman experiences bleeding that requires her to change her tampon or sanitary towel more than once an hour for several hours, her bleeding is considered heavy. However, women may experience very light or even non-existent periods which are also abnormal.
Abnormal bleeding may be caused by any number of conditions. Fibroids are a common cause of heavy periods, as are uterine cysts or polyps. Some birth control methods such as the IUD or certain contraceptive pills can cause heavier periods, spotting, or bleeding in between periods. Polycystic ovary syndrome and endometriosis are other common causes of abnormal bleeding, including irregular and heavy periods. Further, eating disorders, such as anorexia and excessive physical activity, can cause amenorrhea or the absence of periods. Dr. Jehangir offers her patients comprehensive diagnostic services to determine the specific condition causing abnormal bleeding.
The type of abnormal bleeding treatment depends on the condition causing it. Dr. Jehangir is careful to provide an accurate diagnosis of the root cause to determine the best treatment plan. Dr. Jehangir encourages all of her patients to maintain a healthy weight, eat a healthy and varied diet, and to exercise moderately at least 3 times a week. Many women notice an improvement in their symptoms by simply making healthier lifestyle choices. However, in some cases, a change in contraceptive method can regulate a patient’s menstruation. In other cases, conditions such as fibroids, cysts, or polyps need to be treated with medication or surgery like myomectomy or endometrial ablation.
If your abnormal bleeding is disruptive to your normal daily activities, Dr. Jehangir helps you to get back to normal. Additionally, if your menstrual cycle is fewer than 21 days or more than 35, you should also make an appointment. You don’t need to accept pain and heavy bleeding as a normal part of womanhood. Dr. Jehangir takes you and your health seriously and will not dismiss your claims. Her goal is to help her patients to lead their healthiest and best lives, physically, mentally, and emotionally.