Abnormal Uterine Bleeding Specialist

Valentine Ugwu, MD, FACOG, MBA -  - OBGYN

VNC RealHealth PLLC

Valentine Ugwu, MD, FACOG, MBA

OBGYN & Family Medicine located in Pearsall, TX

If your menstrual flow is heavy or you bleed in between your normal cycle, you may be experiencing abnormal uterine bleeding. At VNC RealHealth in Pearsall, Texas, experienced OB/GYN Valentine C. Ugwu, MD, FACOG, MBA, can determine the underlying cause of your abnormal uterine bleeding and provide the most appropriate treatment. For an evaluation, call VNC RealHealth today or book online.

Abnormal Uterine Bleeding Q & A

When is menstrual bleeding considered abnormal?

Many women experience fluctuations in their cycle, but it may not be abnormal. A normal menstrual cycle is anywhere from 24 to 38 days with a period that lasts up to eight days. Indications that you may be experiencing abnormal uterine bleeding include:

  • Bleeding in between menstrual cycles
  • Heavy menstrual flow
  • A menstrual cycle that’s shorter than 24 days or longer than 38 days
  • Period that lasts longer than eight days
  • Bleeding after intercourse
  • Bleeding after menopause

Abnormal uterine bleeding can occur at any time for many different reasons. Dr. Ugwu is an experienced OB/GYN and can help provide answers to the abnormalities in your cycle.

What causes abnormal uterine bleeding?

Abnormal uterine bleeding can develop from a number of causes. Some of the most common include:

  • Fibroids
  • Polyps
  • Endometriosis
  • Miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy
  • Certain types of cancer
  • Sexually transmitted diseases

You may also experience abnormal uterine bleeding if you have problems with ovulation.

How is the cause of abnormal uterine bleeding diagnosed?

Dr. Ugwu conducts a comprehensive examination to determine the underlying cause of your abnormal uterine bleeding. To help him understand what’s going on, he recommends you track your menstrual cycle, noting the day you start and stop your period, and whether your flow is light, medium, or heavy.

Dr. Ugwu also wants you to make note of any spotting in between your cycle.

Dr. Ugwu also reviews your medical and family history and conducts a physical and pelvic exam to further assess your health. He may also recommend diagnostic imaging, such as an ultrasound or MRI, to look for mechanical issues that may be causing the abnormalities.

What treatments can improve my abnormal uterine bleeding?

Treatment for your abnormal uterine bleeding may depend on the underlying cause. Dr. Ugwu may recommend medication to start to help regulate menstrual bleeding, such as:

  • Hormonal birth control to regulate ovulation
  • Gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonists to shrink fibroids
  • Tranexamic acid to reduce a heavy menstrual flow

If medication fails to improve your abnormal bleeding, then Dr. Ugwu may recommend surgery. For example, he may remove your fibroid if it’s causing abnormalities.

Abnormal uterine bleeding can occur for many reasons. To get answers to your health concerns regarding your abnormal bleeding, call VNC RealHealth today or request an appointment online.