Understanding Abnormal Uterine Bleeding
November 25, 2016
Have you experienced irregular, heavy or frequent menstrual periods? This is often diagnosed as abnormal uterine bleeding (AUB) and can be a sign of health issues that need medical attention. Although it is not uncommon for a woman’s menstrual periods to change in flow or frequency, continuous changes may be a symptom of a serious health condition and should be diagnosed by your OB/GYN.
Do You Need to See a Doctor for AUB?
Any irregular vaginal bleeding can be concerning, especially if it continues to occur. Abnormal uterine bleeding is defined as heavier or more frequent bleeding than normal. While every woman has different levels of bleeding during their period, AUB is usual a concern and should be monitored by a OB/GYN if any of the following occur:
- Soaking through a feminine pad or tampon in less than an hour
- Your period lasts longer than seven days
- Your periods come more frequently than 21 days apart
Abnormal uterine bleeding can be caused by hormone fluctuations, growths around the uterus, blood-clotting issues or other medical problems. However, in some cases of AUB, the exact cause of the bleeding is not evident. While the above symptoms are signs that you should see a doctor, any abnormal bleeding that has you concerned is a good reason to schedule a checkup with your local OB/GYN. They can check for common causes of the abnormal bleeding and rule out any serious health conditions even if the exact cause cannot be found.
Being aware of changes in your reproductive health is the best way to recognize possible medical issues that need treatment. Always schedule an appointment with your OB/GYN if you notice any changes in your menstrual periods or have any other concerns about your reproductive health.
Posted on behalf of
Marietta OB-GYN Affiliates, P.A.
699 Church Street #220
Marietta, GA 30060