Christopher Petr, M.D.
Obstetrician & Gynecologist located in Burleson, TX
Irregular and heavy bleeding often indicates a problem with your reproductive organs. At the office of Christopher Petr, M.D, in Burleson, Texas, you receive a compassionate and skilled evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment for the condition causing your bleeding. Call the office today or schedule an appointment online to get relief from irregular vaginal bleeding.
Irregular and Heavy Vaginal Bleeding Q & A
What is irregular menstrual bleeding?
If your period consistently lasts longer than usual or comes at too frequent or infrequent intervals, it’s considered irregular. You also have irregular bleeding if you have bleeding that you can’t control with regular hygiene products. The average period lasts about five days and comes every 21-35 days.
Menstrual cycles vary considerably from woman to woman and yours is likely different from your mother’s or your friends’. But, if your cycle keeps you from doing activities you enjoy or causes problems that keep you from work or school, you should seek a consultation with Dr. Petr. Other indicators that your bleeding is unusually heavy are soaking more than one pad or tampon in an hour or multiple times during the night.
Why should I see a doctor about irregular and heavy bleeding?
Your menstrual cycle is a normal part of a woman’s life. But bleeding that’s so heavy that it disturbs your sleep, causes accidents that result in embarrassment or induces anxiety isn’t normal.
Abnormally heavy bleeding or the absence of a regular period can be a sign of a serious health issue. Heavy menstrual cycles can also lead to iron-deficiency anemia and its own set of health problems.
What causes irregular and heavy vaginal bleeding?
Heavy bleeding or missed periods could be caused by a number of gynecological issues. These include:
- Uterine fibroids
- Bleeding disorders
- Uterine polyps
- Premature menopause
- Miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy
- Problems with an IUD
- Certain types of cancer
As you approach menopause, your cycle is likely to become irregular. You may have heavy bleeding for several months and skip others altogether due to hormonal changes that occur during this fertility transition. Regardless of why you’re experiencing irregular bleeding, Dr. Petr can help with a management or treatment plan.
How is abnormal bleeding treated?
The treatment for your bleeding depends on its cause. You may benefit from hormone treatments, such as the pill, to ease heavy bleeding due to endometriosis or fibroids. Minimally invasive surgery can remove endometriosis or fibroids, too. Dr. Petr offers a full range of possible treatment options so you can settle on the one that’s best for your symptoms, lifestyle, and health.
If you have heavy bleeding or missed periods, schedule an appointment with Christopher Petr, M.D. Call the office or use this website to book your consultation.