Abnormal Vaginal Bleeding

Braden Richmond, MD -  - Obstetrician & Gynecologist

Special Care for Women

Braden Richmond, MD

Obstetrician & Gynecologist located in Anniston, AL

Abnormal vaginal bleeding is a common gynecological health concern. At Special Care for Women in Anniston, Alabama, Braden Richmond, MD, identifies the condition causing your abnormal vaginal bleeding and offers customized treatments to heal your body and regulate your menstrual cycles and periods. Don’t ignore abnormal bleeding, call Special Care for Women or make an appointment online today.

Abnormal Vaginal Bleeding Q & A

What is abnormal vaginal bleeding?

A healthy menstrual cycle is between 24-38 days, and an average period lasts up to eight days. Your vaginal bleeding is abnormal if: 

  • Your menstrual cycle falls outside of these parameters
  • Your menstrual cycles vary by more than 7-9 days each month
  • Your period lasts longer than eight days
  • Your period is so heavy you need to change your tampon or pad more than once every two hours
  • You need to wear two sanitary products at the same time
  • You bleed or spot between your periods
  • You bleed after sex
  • You bleed after menopause

Additionally, menstrual pain that is so severe that it keeps you from work, school, or other responsibilities isn’t normal.

When should I talk to a doctor about abnormal vaginal bleeding?

You should make an appointment with Dr. Richmond at Special Care for Women if any of the aforementioned symptoms sound familiar. Dr. Richmond always takes time to listen to your concerns about your menstrual cycle and health. 

Many women’s health issues can cause abnormal bleeding, disrupt your overall health, and interfere with your fertility. Some common causes of abnormal vaginal bleeding include:

  • Uterine fibroids
  • Hormone imbalance
  • Ovulation problems (PCOS)
  • Endometriosis

Miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy can also cause irregular vaginal bleeding, as can a thyroid problem.

How is the cause of abnormal vaginal bleeding diagnosed?

At Special Care for Women, Dr. Richmond provides extensive testing to diagnose the condition causing your bleeding. 

After reviewing your medical history and symptoms, he performs a pelvic exam. He also uses lab tests, ultrasounds, and hysteroscopy to confirm your diagnosis and identify the best options for medical treatment. 

How is abnormal vaginal bleeding treated?

Dr. Richmond provides personalized treatment plans to address your specific needs. In some cases, he can prescribe medication like birth control pills, gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonists, or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. 

However, if medication doesn’t relieve your abnormal bleeding and restore your health, Dr. Richmond performs outpatient gynecological surgery like endometrial ablation and minimally invasive robotic-assisted procedures to remove abnormal growths and endometriosis. 

For example, he offers myomectomy to remove fibroids. Dr. Richmond can also provide a hysterectomy, although this is usually a last resort for treatment. 

If you’re concerned about abnormal vaginal bleeding, call Special Care for Women, or make an appointment online today.