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Abnormal Bleeding? The Difference Between Pre/Post-Menopausal

Abnormal bleeding can be concerning – especially if it’s never happened to you before. Any kind of bleeding that is not caused by your menstrual cycle may be classified as “abnormal” bleeding. This condition has many possible causes, including:

  • Imbalanced hormones / hormonal changes
  • Tumors or disease
  • Trauma
  • Anovulation (menstrual cycle that occurs without ovaries releasing an egg)
  • Pregnancy
  • Menopause

Distinguishing Between Pre-Menopausal & Post-Menopausal

When discussing abnormal bleeding, it’s important to distinguish between pre- and post-menopausal abnormal bleeding. Pre-menopausal abnormal bleeding is (generally) less likely to be caused by cancer; however, cancer may be a more likely cause if the patient has already gone through menopause. In many post-menopausal abnormal bleeding situations, your Mesa gynecologist will perform a biopsy of the endometrial lining to exclude cancer.

What happens when I schedule an appointment with a Mesa gynecologist?

If you schedule your appointment with Arizona Associates for Women’s Health, your gynecologist will ask you about your personal and family medical history, your symptoms, and your menstrual cycle. If you have charted your menstrual cycle over the last few months, you may wish to bring this with you. A physical exam, blood tests, and possibly a pregnancy test may be included in this appointment.

What treatment options are available for abnormal bleeding?

There are many minimally invasive therapies now available for abnormal uterine bleeding. Some women and Mesa gynecologists opt for minimally invasive surgery, like da Vinci hysterectomy. This procedure uses just a few small incisions to remove the uterus.

Many women elect to get non-surgical treatment for abnormal bleeding. NovaSure is one popular and effective method for treating heavy bleeding. The in-office procedure takes just five minutes to complete.

Schedule An Appointment With a Mesa Gynecologist

Are you troubled by abnormal bleeding? Schedule an appointment at Arizona Associates for Women’s Health with a gynecologist in Mesa or Tempe by calling 480-257-2700. You can also schedule your appointment online. Don’t delay having your condition evaluated.

Please consult with your physician before undertaking any form of medical treatment or adopting any exercise program or dietary guidelines.



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