When You Should be Worried About Irregular Bleeding

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A lot of women experience irregular menstrual bleeding from the time they hit puberty. Some women naturally develop irregularities as they get older. In all truth, irregular menstrual bleeding is a pretty common female thing. However, there are some situations when you should seek the help of a professional for advice about the problem.

You’re experiencing new or severe pelvic pain.

If you have irregular bleeding in between periods or you bleed longer than your usual cycle, and that bleeding is accompanied by new or severe pelvic pain, it is best to get an appointment with your gynecologist. Even though there can be a simple cause of these symptoms, the pelvic pain can be indicative of problems like fibroids, endometriosis, or other issues.

You’re bleeding much heavier than you normally do.

Blood loss greater than 80 milliliters each cycle. How do you judge how much is too much? Most doctors will want to know how often you have to change a sanitary pad or tampon to judge if you are losing too much blood. A general guideline is to seek help if you are having 16 soaked sanitary products during the course of your period.

You’re finding large blood clots in the blood.

Small blood clots are common, but if you have larger clots of more than an inch in diameter, it could be a sign that something is wrong. Your body creates clots to try and stop bleeding, so larger clots can mean your bleeding is far too heavy. Additionally, the clots can be relative to other issues.

Overall, it is best to trust your instincts about irregular bleeding. If you feel like something is wrong, don’t hesitate to get professional advice. Reach out to us at Avant Gynecology for more information.

Avant Gynecology serves patients at two locations: Piedmont Hospital in Buckhead and Northside Hospital. Our mission at Avant Gynecology is to provide exceptional, compassionate care to women at every stage of their lives. Our providers strive to be at the forefront of knowledge and skill in the fields of women’s health and gynecologic surgery, so our patients can get the best care possible. Avant provides state-of-the-art surgery services and comprehensive gynecologic care, such as annual exams, diagnostic and screening tests; a full range of contraceptive options; specialized services such as bio-identical hormone therapy, hormone pellets, ThermiVa vaginal rejuvenation, and more.