Abnormal Bleeding

Capital Women's Care -  - OBGYN

Capital Women's Care

OBGYNs & Gynecologists located in Frederick, MD & Mount Airy, MD

Abnormal bleeding may have a variety of different causes. When a woman experiences abnormal bleeding, prompt diagnosis is essential. The experienced medical staff at Capital Women's Care provides diagnosis and treatment to women who are dealing with abnormal bleeding in Frederick, Mount Airy & Urbana, Maryland.

Abnormal Bleeding Q & A

What’s abnormal bleeding?

In a normal menstrual cycle, a woman experiences 1 period of vaginal bleeding that lasts 3-7 days. This cycle should be no less than 21 days in length and no longer than 35 days in length. Any bleeding that occurs at other times may be abnormal.

The doctors at Capital Women's Care diagnose women with abnormal bleeding if they have bleeding between periods, after sex, or after menopause. Doctors also consider bleeding abnormal if it is very heavy or lasts longer than 7 days.

What are the possible causes of abnormal bleeding?

Abnormal bleeding may have a number of different causes, including:

  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome
  • Endometrial hyperplasia
  • Polyps
  • Fibroids
  • Clotting disorders
  • Infections
  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Miscarriage
  • The use of certain types of birth control
  • Some types of cancer

How do the doctors diagnose abnormal bleeding?

When a woman comes in with abnormal bleeding, the doctors at Capital Women's Care begin by diagnosing the cause of the bleeding. To determine the cause of abnormal bleeding, doctors may ask questions about the woman’s medical history and order specific tests, including blood tests, ultrasounds, magnetic resonance imaging scans, hysteroscopy, and endometrial biopsy.

How do the doctors treat abnormal bleeding?

The treatment for abnormal bleeding depends on the cause of the bleeding. For example, if the bleeding is related to a hormonal disturbance, hormone therapy may control the symptoms. Other types of abnormal bleeding may respond to other types of medications, such as anti-inflammatories or antibiotics. In cases, where abnormal bleeding is persistent and severe, Capital Women's Care recommends endometrial ablation, which is a surgery that destroys the lining of the uterus and resolves abnormal bleeding. The doctors at Capital Women's Care discuss all available options with each patient in detail so that she can make the right choice.

When should a woman make an appointment for abnormal bleeding?

Capital Women's Care encourages patients to make an appointment for abnormal bleeding if they have any bleeding that occurs outside of the normal menstrual cycle or is otherwise concerning. Making an appointment is especially important if the problem occurs more than once.

Billing & Insurance

We participate with most local and many national insurance plans. However it is your responsibility to understand whether your insurance has limits on the doctors you can see, or the services you can receive. If you provide complete and accurate information about your insurance, we will submit claims to your insurance carrier and receive payments for services. Depending on your insurance coverage, you may be responsible for co-payments, co-insurance, or other deductible amounts. Not all providers participate with all insurance plans. We do not accept Medicaid. Don't hesitate to call if you have questions.

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