Abnormal vaginal bleeding can be frustrating, embarrassing, and worrisome. Board certified OB/GYNs Dr. Rachel Kulsak and Dr. Pamorn Kulsak evaluate, diagnose, and treat abnormal bleeding and spotting with treatments such as prescription medication and Novasure® endometrial ablation. Don’t tolerate exceptionally heavy or long periods, call Fox Valley Comprehensive Women’s Health Care in Elgin, Illinois, or book an appointment online to have irregular bleeding treated.
Vaginal bleeding that occurs outside of your menstrual cycle, such as spotting or flow, is considered abnormal. If your periods are painful, last more than seven days, and you need to change your pad or tampon every hour, the bleeding is abnormal.
Menstrual cycles shouldn’t adversely affect your daily activities and cause you to avoid events because you’re in pain or fear bleeding through clothes. Heavy periods and abnormal bleeding can also negatively affect your energy levels, mood, self-confidence, and sex life.
Most women experience spotting between their periods at some point. In your 30s and 40s, you’re more likely to experience abnormal bleeding because your hormones alter in advance of menopause.
Other reasons you may experience abnormal bleeding include:
Spotting can also indicate pregnancy, and infections such as sexually transmitted infections can also cause abnormal bleeding.
Drs. Rachel and Pamorn Kulsak begin this diagnostic process by performing a comprehensive physical and pelvic exam as well as reviewing your symptoms and health history.
During your exam, expect your doctor to perform blood tests to check your hormone levels and imaging tests to check for fibroids. In some cases, a biopsy of the cervix or other organs is necessary to rule out cancer or endometriosis.
Treatment for abnormal bleeding depends on the cause. In some cases, the bleeding resolves on its own. In others, Drs. Rachel and Pamorn Kulsak recommend ways to control the bleeding such as changing your birth control method or taking ibuprofen and naproxen.
If an underlying condition, such as fibroids or endometriosis is causing the bleeding, your doctor may recommend surgery to treat the growths.
NovaSure is a quick, in-office radiofrequency procedure that flushes the lining of your uterus. This innovative treatment effectively ends your cycle, because the lining is what sheds during menstruation.
You can still get pregnant after having Novasure, but such a pregnancy is not viable and can cause serious complications for the mother and baby. That’s why you should continue to use your preferred birth control method even after you’ve had a Novasure treatment.
Drs. Rachel and Pamorn Kulsak ensure you’re not pregnant and that you don’t have another underlying condition causing your abnormal bleeding before performing Novasure.
To learn more about the treatments for abnormal bleeding, call the office or book an appointment online.
*Individual results may vary