Abnormal Bleeding

Femme Next Generation Women's Care

OBGYNs & Urgent Care located in Thousand Oaks, CA

Abnormal bleeding from the vagina indicates something could be wrong with your reproductive organs. This bleeding may show up as extra long or heavy periods or between periods. Femme Next Generation Women’s Care in Thousand Oaks, California, provides same-day appointments for women with abnormal uterine bleeding. Call today for your appointment or book the most convenient appointment using this website. You can also walk-in without an appointment.

Abnormal Bleeding Q & A

What is abnormal bleeding?

Femme Next Generation Women’s Care addresses abnormal uterine bleeding. Of course, premenopausal women have a normal menstrual cycle, typically lasting about five days and occurring every 21-35 days. When bleeding occurs outside of this cycle, it is abnormal.

Signs that your bleeding is outside this norm include:

  • Consistently bleeding for much longer than five days
  • Extremely heavy bleeding that hygiene products can’t control
  • Spotting between periods
  • Irregular periods that occur unpredictably or skip months altogether

Why should I seek immediate care for abnormal uterine bleeding?

Abnormal bleeding isn’t just an inconvenience that causes anxiety, embarrassment, and sleep disruption; it can be a sign of a serious health issue. Don’t ignore the condition, hoping your cycle will regulate on its own, as this delays the diagnosis of any potentially serious condition. Delayed diagnosis means delayed treatment and the possible development of complications.

Potential complications of abnormal bleeding include the development of iron-deficient anemia, which is a serious health concern that affects your energy levels and organs.

What are the possible causes of abnormal menstrual bleeding?

Your Femme Next Generation Women’s Care provider looks for issues that may be responsible for abnormal bleeding, including:

  • Benign uterine fibroids and polyps
  • Bleeding disorders
  • Miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
  • Endometriosis
  • Problems with an IUD

The changes in hormones that occur with menopause can also be responsible for abnormal bleeding, including extra long or heavy periods, as well as missed periods. In rare cases, abnormal bleeding can be a sign of certain types of cancer.

What are the treatments for abnormal uterine bleeding?

Femme Next Generation Women’s Care provides same-day ultrasounds in-clinic. The staff can perform ultrasounds and will not refer you out to an imaging center. Same-day ultrasound gets you a possible diagnosis sooner for abnormal bleeding, which means a faster resolution.

Your provider can also do a same-day uterine biopsy, if necessary, and send it to a lab for quick answers.

Once your provider determines the likely cause of your irregular bleeding, they develop an appropriate treatment plan. Very often, they offer a noninvasive approach to treatment, including hormone therapy to balance out issues associated with PCOS or menopause.

In cases of endometriosis or fibroids, your provider may recommend minimally invasive surgery to remove the offending tissue that’s causing your abnormal bleeding.

If you’re concerned about abnormal bleeding, don’t wait weeks for an appointment with another provider, make a same-day appointment at Femme Next Generation Women’s Care. Call the office, schedule online, or walk-in.