Abnormal Bleeding Specialist

Pacifica Health

OBGYNs & Primary Care Practice located in East Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA & Chinatown, Los Angeles, CA

Although all women are different, a normal period typically lasts about five days and occurs every 21-25 days. If your bleeding varies from this cycle, it’s a possible cause for concern. If you have abnormal vaginal bleeding, contact the experienced team at Pacifica Health, with offices in the East Hollywood and Chinatown neighborhoods of Los Angeles and in Monterey Park, California. Call the nearest office today or use the online tool to set up your appointment.

Abnormal Bleeding Q & A

What is abnormal vaginal bleeding?

Your cycle is unique to you and is likely to vary from your female family members and friends. When you notice a pattern of bleeding that is unusual for you though, it could indicate a significant health problem.

Signs of abnormal vaginal bleeding include

  • Bleeding for much longer than five days
  • Extremely heavy bleeding that can’t be controlled with hygiene products
  • Infrequent periods
  • Spotting between periods

While some women do have heavier cycles than others, concerns about your period flow shouldn’t stop you from going to work or school. Abnormal vaginal bleeding that regularly disrupts your life deserves evaluation by the practitioners at Pacifica Health.

Why is abnormal vaginal bleeding a concern?

Abnormal vaginal bleeding disturbs your quality of life, causing embarrassment, sleep disruption, and anxiety. This is enough of a reason to find a resolution

Plus, abnormal bleeding can signal a health problem that requires medical attention. Don’t delay making an appointment if you have abnormal vaginal bleeding because waiting to get a diagnosis and treatment could lead to complications.

What causes abnormal vaginal bleeding?

Abnormal vaginal bleeding can be caused by a number of different issues with your reproductive organs, including:

  • Endometriosis (overgrowth of the uterine lining)
  • Uterine fibroids and polyps
  • Miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
  • Problems with an IUD
  • Menopause
  • Bleeding disorders
  • Gynecological cancers

The practitioners at Pacifica Health perform a thorough physical evaluation, including a pelvic exam and screening tests, to help identify the cause of your abnormal vaginal bleeding.

How is abnormal vaginal bleeding treated?

Your treatment depends on the diagnosed cause of your abnormal vaginal bleeding.

Abnormal bleeding caused by menopause or PCOS is often resolved with hormone therapy. If an IUD is causing your bleeding, you may choose to switch to another type of birth control.

Hormone therapy can also help slow abnormal uterine bleeding caused by endometriosis or fibroids. If conservative interventions don’t work, you may choose minimally invasive surgery to remove the fibroids or excess endometrial tissue.

Irregular vaginal bleeding is distressing. Don’t just accept it as part of being a woman. Call Pacifica Health today for an evaluation or use the online tool to schedule.