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Abnormal Uterine Bleeding

Heather A Dixon, D.O. -  - Obstetrics & Gynecology

Heather A Dixon, D.O.

Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Corpus Christi, TX

A heavy period, irregular period, or spotting between periods isn’t always a cause for concern, but finding a diagnosis for your abnormal uterine bleeding gives you peace of mind and helps you find the treatment you need. At Corpus Christi Women’s Clinic in Corpus Christi, Texas, Heather Dixon, DO, and their skilled team of OB/GYNs provide advanced lab testing and diagnostic services as well as treatments for abnormal uterine bleeding. To find out why you bleed excessively or between periods, book an appointment by phone or online at Corpus Christi Women’s Clinic today.

Abnormal Uterine Bleeding Q & A

What is abnormal uterine bleeding?

Abnormal uterine bleeding is any bleeding that occurs from your uterus outside the range of a normal menstrual period. A normal period lasts for about five days and happens about once a month. Abnormal uterine bleeding can be:

  • Bleeding between periods
  • Bleeding after menopause
  • Spotting after sex
  • A heavy period 
  • A prolonged period
  • Irregular periods

At Corpus Christi Women’s Clinic, Dr. Dixon asks about the features of your period and the bleeding that occurs outside of it. If she diagnoses you with abnormal uterine bleeding, she may provide lab testing and imaging to find the cause. 

Then, she outlines the different treatment options for your plan and helps you choose the modality best suited to your needs. She also answers all of your questions about your diagnosis and treatment to help you better understand your overall health. 

What causes abnormal uterine bleeding?

There are many possible conditions and processes that cause abnormal uterine bleeding. Not all of them are serious, but you should book an appointment for a diagnosis just in case. Dr. Dixon diagnoses and treats abnormal uterine bleeding related to:

Growths in the uterus

Noncancerous uterine or cervical growths, like fibroids or polyps, can cause abnormal uterine bleeding. 

Pregnancy and pregnancy complications

Abnormal uterine bleeding can be an early sign of pregnancy. You might also experience it with certain pregnancy complications, like miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy. 

Hormone fluctuations

You might experience hormone fluctuations from birth control, another health condition, or menopause.

Complications with your blood

You might experience abnormal uterine bleeding due to blood complications, like platelet dysfunction or anticoagulant (blood-thinning medication) use. 

How is abnormal uterine bleeding treated?

Dr. Dixon allows you to make decisions when planning your treatment. Typically, she starts your treatment with a conservative approach. She prescribes medications to regulate your hormones, like birth control, to control your bleeding. Then, she follows up with you to make sure your medications are working to ease your bleeding. 

If your medications can’t effectively control your bleeding, Dr. Dixon might recommend an in-office procedure or minor surgery to treat the condition that’s causing your bleeding. 

She might recommend endometrial ablation to destroy the lining of your uterus, uterine artery embolization to treat fibroids, or a hysterectomy to remove your uterus surgically.

To find out more about abnormal uterine bleeding and the available treatments, call Corpus Christi Women’s Clinic or schedule an appointment online today.