Abnormal bleeding could be a sign of an underlying health problem, so it’s best to visit OB/GYN Smita Biswas, MD, for a comprehensive evaluation at one of her two practices in Midtown East, New York City, and Flushing, Queens, New York. Dr. Biswas provides in-office endometrial biopsies, outpatient hysteroscopy, and other procedures and treatments to help protect your reproductive health. Get to the root cause of your abnormal bleeding and call Dr. Biswas today or schedule through the online system.
Abnormal bleeding refers to any uterine bleeding that happens outside of your normal menstrual cycle. It also includes any heavy bleeding associated with your periods or periods lasting longer than seven days.
Various underlying issues can cause abnormal bleeding, such as:
A medical condition called endometriosis is a common cause of abnormal bleeding that develops when the uterine lining grows outside of your uterus. Even when it’s out of place, the lining continues to function as it does inside the uterus, thickening and breaking down every month. The displaced tissue has nowhere to escape the body and can lead to chronic pain, abnormal bleeding, and even infertility.
Both adolescents and women heading into their menopausal years can develop abnormal bleeding due to a hormonal imbalance.
To get to the root cause of your abnormal bleeding, Dr. Biswas first discusses your personal and family medical history. She might perform a pelvic exam to check your uterus and surrounding structures for abnormalities.
Dr. Biswas might run blood tests to check your hormone levels and inflammatory markers.
She may also request imaging tests, like ultrasounds, that can show polyps or fibroids in the uterus that can cause abnormal bleeding. You might need a hysteroscopy if the ultrasound isn’t enough to identify the problem.
During a hysteroscopy, Dr. Biswas gently inserts a thin tube with an attached camera and guides it into your uterus. The camera transmits real-time pictures of your inner structures to an external screen that Dr. Biswas watches throughout the test. A hysteroscopy can help Dr. Biswas to identify abnormal growths like fibroids, or problematic gynecologic conditions like endometriosis.
In some cases, Dr. Biswas might do a biopsy — a procedure where she removes a small sample of uterine tissue for analysis in a medical lab.
Depending on what’s causing your abnormal bleeding, Dr. Biswas might recommend one or more treatments to stop the bleeding. This might include medications, birth control pills, or an intrauterine device (IUD) to thin out your uterine lining and rebalance your hormones.
Dr. Biswas might recommend a certain minimally invasive procedure to scrape away some of the excess uterine lining to treat your abnormal or heavy bleeding.
She might also suggest healthy lifestyle changes, such as a nutrient-dense diet, regular exercise, and stress management. Dr. Biswas may also suggest certain nutrients or supplements to boost your general health and wellness and help regulate your menstrual cycles.
Protect your wellness and find out what’s causing your abnormal bleeding. Call Smita Biswas, MD, or book online.