Abnormal Bleeding

Palm Valley Women's Care

Obstetrics and Gynecologist located in Phoenix, AZ & Avondale, AZ

Abnormal bleeding, including overly heavy periods or spotting between periods, can lower your quality of life. If you’re struggling with abnormal bleeding, Miles Howard, MD, George Davidson, MD, and the experienced team at Palm Valley Women’s Care can help. With two locations in Phoenix and Avondale, Arizona, you can conveniently schedule an abnormal bleeding evaluation by calling the office nearest you.

Abnormal Bleeding Q & A

Why do I have abnormal bleeding?

Abnormal bleeding can mean something different to each woman. Maybe your periods are getting longer. Or you can’t go through the night without getting up at least once to change a pad or tampon. Whatever your abnormal bleeding issue may be, it could be caused by:

  • Endometriosis
  • Pelvic prolapse 
  • Polyps or fibroids 
  • Under- or overactive thyroid
  • Cancer of your reproductive organs
  • Infections, including pelvic inflammatory disease

While less common, sometimes abnormal bleeding stems from a contraceptive intrauterine device (IUD) shifting out of place or irritating your tissues. 

In any case, because abnormal bleeding can start affecting your daily life, it’s important to have an evaluation and get started on treatment. 

When should I see a doctor for abnormal bleeding?

The expert women’s health team at Palm Valley Women’s Care encourages you to come in for an evaluation if you’re experiencing any kind of vaginal bleeding that’s abnormal for you. This can include:

  • Bleeding between periods
  • Bleeding after menopause
  • Bleeding through pads or tampons as you sleep
  • Needing to change a pad or tampon every hour or two
  • Periods that last longer than seven days (menorrhagia)

It’s also important to come into Palm Valley Women’s Care if your abnormal bleeding is associated with pelvic pain or severe cramps, or urinary or fecal incontinence. 

Your dedicated OB/GYN can perform a pelvic exam, conduct an in-office ultrasound, or run labs to get to the root of why you have abnormal bleeding. 

How is abnormal bleeding treated?

Treating abnormal bleeding depends on the underlying cause. But once your OB/GYN at Palm Valley Women’s Care diagnoses you, they can get you started on any of the following treatments:

  • Genesys HTA™ endometrial ablation
  • NovaSure® endometrial ablation 
  • Hormonal intrauterine device (IUD)
  • Hormonal birth control pills

Palm Valley Women’s Care also offers surgical correction for abnormal bleeding, including a dilation and curettage (D&C), or a hysterectomy procedure. Your dedicated OB/GYN can even repair any pelvic organ prolapse issues you may have, so you can get relief from heavy bleeding and other symptoms. 

If you have abnormal bleeding, the team at Palm Valley Women’s Care can help you find the right treatment. Learn more by booking an exam over the phone today.