Your menstrual cycle should come once a month when you’re in your childbearing years. However, when you start to bleed outside of the normal parameters of your cycle, you may worry about what’s causing the bleeding. Endometriosis is just one of the many different conditions that can lead to abnormal vaginal bleeding.
At her practice on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, New York, Dr. Inga Zilberstein offers comprehensive and expert care when you’re suffering from abnormal vaginal bleeding. She gets you a quick diagnosis so you can get back to your busy life without worry.
What causes abnormal vaginal bleeding?
Abnormal vaginal bleeding is a common issue that doesn’t always signal a problem. However, in some cases, it can indicate a bigger issue within your body. Some of the reasons you may be experiencing abnormal bleeding include:
- Uterine fibroids
- Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
- Hormonal birth control
The bleeding you experience with these conditions may come heavily during your menstrual cycle or in between cycles as spotting. Sometimes, the bleeding is severe, while other times it just lasts longer than usual.
Endometriosis is another medical condition that can cause abnormal vaginal bleeding. This disease not only leads to pain, but other problems as well.
Endometriosis is a painful medical problem that affects the female reproductive system. With this condition, the endometrium, which is the tissue that lines your uterus, grows outside of your uterus. In most cases, endometriosis affects your fallopian tubes, ovaries, and the tissues in your pelvis.
The tissue breaks down and tries to shed during every menstrual cycle. However, when it grows outside of your uterus, it doesn’t have anywhere to go. It essentially becomes stuck in your pelvis, which can lead to issues like pelvic pain and infertility.
The trapped tissue causes adhesions and scar tissue to form, leading to your organs and tissues to sometimes stick to each other. The pain associated with endometriosis is often very severe, especially during your menstrual cycles.
Endometriosis often comes with a variety of symptoms, some of which include:
- Pelvic pain
- Pain during sex
- Heavy menstrual bleeding
- Constipation or diarrhea
- Nausea or vomiting before your period
Your symptoms may worsen over time or change as the disease progresses.
The link between endometriosis and abnormal bleeding
The growth of endometrial tissue outside of the uterus often puts pressure on the organs within your pelvis. This can lead to heavier bleeding during your normal periods, shorter periods with heavier bleeding patterns, or elongated cycle length that leads to more bleeding during your cycle.
Endometriosis can be mild to severe, although even mild cases cause severe pain and abnormal bleeding. If you’re worried that your irregular bleeding could be due to endometriosis, it’s important to seek treatment from Dr. Zilberstein to prevent further issues.
Treatment for endometriosis often involves hormone therapy to regulate the hormones that control your menstrual cycle. In some cases, a laparoscopy is performed to determine the extent of the endometriosis.
In severe cases, you may need to have a hysterectomy in order to control the condition. However, this is often a last resort, as it’s an invasive surgery and requires hormone replacement therapy afterward.
If you’re experiencing vaginal bleeding that’s different from what’s normal for you, don’t hesitate to call today at 646-601-6351 to schedule an appointment with Inga Zilberstein, MD. You can also book a consultation using our online tool.