Having abnormal vaginal or uterine bleeding can be distressing. If you experience abnormal gynecological bleeding (any bleeding that occurs between periods) or recurrent heavy periods, make an appointment with your doctor to determine the cause. Gynecologists and women’s health specialists in the Sutter Health network can diagnose your condition and suggest appropriate treatments.
Abnormal bleeding has many potential causes, including a polyp in the uterus or cervix, a hormone imbalance, an ectopic pregnancy, uterine fibroids, or polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). To pinpoint the problem, your doctor will review your medical history, any medications you take and will likely conduct a physical examination, as well as a pelvic exam. Based on your symptoms, your doctor may also order laboratory or imaging tests. Once the problem is identified, you and your doctor can discuss the best treatment option for you.