You’re jealous of friends who don’t need to plow through boxes of tampons or pads each month or who know, almost to the minute, when they’re going to get their periods. Your menstrual cycles are anything but reliable or normal, and you want to know whether this is something for which you should seek our help.
The fact is that up to one-third of women experience abnormal bleeding at some point during their reproductive lives, for a variety of reasons.
There are a number of different ways to qualify uterine bleeding as abnormal, such as:
As you can see, abnormal bleeding takes on many different forms.
Given the many different ways a menstrual cycle can be abnormal, figuring out whether you should come see us to investigate the problem further can be tricky.
That said, we can offer a few guidelines, including:
If you’re soaking through tampons or pads at an alarming rate and/or you’re experiencing fairly severe cramps, it’s a good idea to come see us. Aside from your comfort, our concern is that you might develop anemia because of the heavy bleeding, so we want to get to the bottom of this type of abnormal bleeding.
Another potential red flag is if your menstrual cycles have been fairly normal, and they’ve changed, for no apparent reason. For example, you used to always get your period every 26 days, but now they’re all over the place. These changes might occur after a pregnancy, but if there’s no catalyst for the deviation, you should have us take a look.
Another warning sign of a problem is bleeding when you aren’t supposed to be, such as in between periods, when you’re pregnant, after menopause, or after sex. If this occurs more than once, please come see us.
Ultimately, we prefer you err on the side of caution when it comes to abnormal bleeding and come see us for an evaluation if you’re at all unsure. To get started, contact our office in Mobile, Alabama, to schedule an appointment.