Theresa R Benecki, MD
Gynecologist located in Brick, NJ
Abnormal bleeding is a common, but underreported condition in women. Though not always a serious health issue, your abnormal bleeding may be a sign of an underlying health issue. Theresa Benecki, MD, at Pineland Associates in Brick, New Jersey, is an experienced board-certified OB/GYN who takes a personalized approach to care. To find out what’s causing your abnormal bleeding, call the office or make an appointment online today.
Abnormal Bleeding Q & A
What is abnormal bleeding?
Abnormal bleeding includes any irregularities in your menstrual bleeding. Your bleeding may be abnormal if you have:
- Bleeding in between your period
- Bleeding after sex
- Heavy menstrual bleeding
- Irregular menstrual cycle
- A period that lasts more than eight days
- Uterine bleeding after menopause
- A menstrual cycle shorter than 21 days or longer than 38 days
Abnormal bleeding is a common problem in women, but many fail to consult with their gynecologist about their irregularities.
Though abnormal bleeding may be expected during various stages of your life, such as the start of your menstrual cycle or the years or months leading up to menopause, your abnormal bleeding may be a symptom of an underlying health issue.
What causes abnormal bleeding?
Many gynecological conditions may cause abnormal bleeding, including:
- Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
- Ectopic pregnancy
- Side effect of birth control
- Gynecological cancer
You may also experience abnormal bleeding if you have a bleeding disorder or take blood thinners.
What happens during an abnormal bleeding evaluation?
When you visit Pineland Associates for abnormal bleeding, Dr. Benecki conducts a comprehensive exam to find the underlying cause.
She listens intently to your symptoms and concerns and then reviews your gynecological and medical history.
Dr. Benecki performs a physical and pelvic exam and may run various tests to confirm or rule out a diagnosis, such as a Pap test, testing for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), or blood work to check hormone levels.
The women’s health expert may also request ultrasound testing, X-rays, or an MRI. She may also perform a hysteroscopy to evaluate your vagina and cervix or a sonohysterography, which is a special ultrasound test that examines your uterus.
How is abnormal bleeding treated?
Dr. Benecki customizes treatment for abnormal bleeding based on the underlying cause. For irregular or heavy bleeding, she prescribes medication to regulate your menstrual cycle or reduce bleeding, such as contraception or tranexamic acid.
If medication fails to improve your abnormal bleeding, Dr. Benecki may recommend surgical intervention. The type of surgery needed may depend on the cause. For example, she may perform a myomectomy to remove fibroids.
For women without future pregnancy plans who are experiencing heavy menstrual bleeding, she may recommend an endometrial ablation, which is a procedure that destroys the endometrial lining of your uterus.
Don’t ignore your abnormal bleeding. Schedule an appointment at Pineland Associates by calling the office or booking online today.