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Abnormal Uterine Bleeding Specialist

Francine A. Olds, MD, FACOG -  - Gynecologist

Women's Health Choice

Francine A. Olds, MD, FACOG

Gynecologist located in Virginia Beach, VA

Your periods can be uncomfortable or inconvenient, but when abnormal uterine bleeding causes you to alter your normal routines it’s time to see a professional. Francine Olds, MD, of Women's Health Choice in Virginia Beach, Virginia, offers comprehensive diagnostics and treatment services for abnormal uterine bleeding and can help you find solutions. Call the office today to book your visit, or spend a few moments on the online scheduling page.

Abnormal Uterine Bleeding Q & A

How do I know if my period is normal?

Every woman has a unique experience with menstruation, so it’s difficult to determine the line between normal and abnormal uterine bleeding. Some of the indications that your period may be abnormal include:

  • Bleeding that lasts for more than seven days
  • Bleeding that soaks through one or more pads or tampons every hour
  • A menstrual cycle that lasts less than three weeks or longer than five weeks
  • Bleeding or spotting between periods
  • Bleeding during or after sex
  • Significant cramping or pain during periods

A degree of cramping, bloating, and general discomfort is normal during your period, but if you find yourself altering your daily routines to accommodate pain or heavy bleeding, set up a time to meet with Dr. Olds for a diagnostic exam. 

What are some causes of abnormal uterine bleeding?

Numerous things can cause abnormal bleeding. Some examples include:

  • Pregnancy
  • Uterine fibroids or polyps
  • Uterine cancer
  • Thyroid issues
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Infection of the cervix
  • Endometriosis
  • Problems with an intrauterine device

Even something as simple as rapid weight gain or loss can trigger abnormal uterine bleeding. The best way to understand the cause is to work with a skilled OB/GYN like Dr. Olds. 

What can be done to control abnormal uterine bleeding? 

The first step is a thorough diagnostic exam. Dr. Olds will perform a pelvic exam and may suggest a pelvic ultrasound to learn more about how your reproductive organs are functioning. Blood work might also be part of the process. 

Birth control pills can help address hormonal imbalance and can dramatically lessen your monthly bleeding. There are also medications that alter the way your blood clots, control discomfort, and reduce your bleeding. 

If endometriosis or uterine fibroids are causing abnormal bleeding, there are treatments that can address these conditions. Hysterectomy is an option, but many more conservative treatments are considered first. 

A process called endometrial ablation is a great way to reduce bleeding in women who have finished adding to their family. Dr. Olds uses the Minerva® endometrial ablation system, a one-time treatment that uses carefully controlled heat to destroy the lining of your uterus. It’s an effective solution, but it is important to understand that you will not be able to sustain a healthy pregnancy after Minerva and will need to find a birth control option that fits your lifestyle. 

Learn more about treatment options for abnormal uterine bleeding. Booking your visit takes just moments online or over the phone, so don’t delay.x