In the medical field, abnormal bleeding is vaginal bleeding that’s not related to regular menstruation. Menstrual cycles typically last between 21 and 35 days, with bleeding occurring once each cycle when the uterus sheds its lining. Any bleeding outside of the normal frequency and amount associated with menstruation is considered abnormal. It may be anything from light spotting between periods to unusually heavy bleeding during a period.
There are many different causes that may make a woman bleed abnormally. Some common causes include the following:
Because some causes, such as an ectopic pregnancy and cancer, can be extremely serious, all women who have abnormal bleeding should be evaluated by a gynecologist. There are many minor factors that may cause abnormal bleeding, and lots of cases aren’t as serious as cancer. It’s important to have a doctor diagnose the cause as early as possible, though, so it can be addressed no matter what the cause is.
While any licensed medical doctor may technically provide treatment for abnormal bleeding, gynecologists are the most qualified doctors to diagnose and treat the condition. Gynecologists specialize in health conditions related to the female reproductive system and have extensive training in the field.
Like all medical appointments, appointments, testing, and treatments for abnormal bleeding are kept confidential. By law, doctors cannot tell anyone other than the patient about the appointment unless they have express permission to do so.
At North Pointe OB/GYN, we accept most major medical insurance plans. Here is a short-list of just some of the most popular plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed here.
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