Should I Worry About My Abnormal Periods?

About 30% of women in their childbearing years deal with abnormal periods. If you’re struggling with abnormal periods, however, knowing you’re not alone isn’t enough. 

When your period is abnormal, it’s frustrating and worrisome. Abnormal periods can mean not being able to plan when to bring or wear feminine products, worrying about leaks, and fearing the underlying cause might be serious.

At Signature Women’s Healthcare in Lawrenceville and Lithonia, Georgia, we understand and want to help. Our OB/GYNs, Jacquline Hayles-Patterson, MD, and Tyndal M. Jones, MD, assist women of all ages struggling with abnormal periods find solutions for their irregular bleeding.     

While most of the time the cause of irregular periods is treatable, it’s never something you should ignore. Keep reading to learn whether you should worry about your abnormal periods. 

How can I be sure my period is abnormal?

Since no two women are exactly alike, it can be a struggle to discern when you have an abnormal period or not. While there isn’t a definitive test, there are signs to look for. These include: 

It’s also important to visit Dr. Jones or Dr. Hayles-Patterson if you have heavy and abnormal uterine bleeding (AUB). Symptoms of AUB include: 

Since there are many possible underlying causes of abnormal periods, including lifestyle factors, endometriosis, uterine fibroids, pregnancy, hormone changes, PCOS, and pelvic inflammatory disease, it’s important to get an accurate diagnosis from your doctor. 

Should I worry about my abnormal period?

Abnormal periods are usually a sign that something’s not quite right. Though most of the time the underlying cause is treatable, it’s important to schedule an exam and get to the bottom of your problem as soon as possible. 

What’s more? Abnormal periods can also impact your fertility and ability to conceive. If you have an abnormal period and want to start a family in the future, seeking medical care now helps take care of any problems that may affect your future family.  

How can I get help for abnormal periods?

If you’re struggling with abnormal periods, the team at Signature Women’s Healthcare can help. Your doctor asks you about your symptoms, reviews your medical and family history, and conducts a physical exam to get to the root cause of your period trouble. 

Your provider customizes your treatment plan based on what’s causing your abnormal periods. Sometimes hormone regulation through birth control or IUDs helps. Other women may need minimally invasive treatments, like endometrial ablation or the removal of fibroids.  

Don’t wait to seek help for your abnormal periods! Call the Signature Women’s Healthcare office nearest you, or book an appointment online today.

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