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Abnormal Bleeding services offerred in Phoenix, AZ

Abnormal bleeding can be a sign of many different gynecologic conditions, and determining the cause is a top priority. Giuseppe Ramunno, MD, and the team at Bethany Women’s Healthcare in Phoenix, Arizona, offer outstanding diagnostic tools and techniques to explore the cause of abnormal bleeding and create a customized treatment plan to resolve the issue. Book your visit today using the easy online scheduling tool or calling the office.

Abnormal Bleeding Q & A

What is abnormal bleeding?

Most women experience relatively stable menstrual bleeding once they reach early adulthood. You know what to expect in terms of cramping, flow, and the duration of your period. There is a wide variety of what is considered “normal” among menstruating women. 

That said, if your normal menstrual bleeding causes you to bleed through tampons or pads within two hours, or if you have blood clots larger than the size of a quarter, your period may be considered abnormally heavy, even if it doesn’t vary from one month to the next. 

Additional characteristics of abnormal uterine bleeding include:

  • Periods that last seven days or longer
  • Bleeding during sex
  • Bleeding between periods
  • Bleeding after you’ve entered menopause
  • Heavy bleeding accompanied by pelvic pain

No one knows your body better than you, so if you feel as though something isn’t right, never hesitate to reach out and schedule a visit. 

What are some potential causes of abnormal bleeding?

Many things can cause or contribute to heavy bleeding. Some of the potential causes include:

  • Endometriosis
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Miscarriage
  • Certain bleeding disorders
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Certain cancers

Because there are so many potential causes for abnormal bleeding, coming in for a thorough diagnostic workup is the only way to know for certain what is happening and whether treatment is necessary.

When should I see a doctor about abnormal bleeding?

Having an occasional heavy period is usually nothing to worry about. Light spotting between periods is also normal and not a cause for concern. 

If you notice a significant increase in your menstrual bleeding or if you experience pain or other unusual changes, consider booking a diagnostic exam. It’s important to work with your gynecologist to determine the cause of abnormal bleeding, as it can be a sign of numerous serious gynecologic conditions or pregnancy complications. 

Left untreated, heavy bleeding can cause anemia, a serious health condition. Anemia can develop slowly, causing fatigue and preventing you from enjoying each day to the fullest. 

When you’re ready to begin, call Bethany Women’s Healthcare to schedule a visit. Online booking is also an option, and it’s fast and easy.