Bleeding Problems

Women may develop heavy periods or irregular bleeding for a lot of different reasons. If you develop bleeding in the following situations you should be seen by a gyn healthcare provider:

  • Bleeding between periods
  • Bleeding after sex
  • Spotting anytime in the menstrual cycle
  • Bleeding heavier or for more days than normal
  • Bleeding after menopause

If your menstrual cycles are longer than 35 days or shorter than 21 days or you find yourself skipping periods for 3-6 months, we recommend a visit with your gyn healthcare provider.  There you can partner and develop a plan to evaluate and treat if necessary.

Treatment for heavy bleeding includes medications, such as hormones;  or watching and waiting in concert with your health care provider. The type of treatment will depend on many factors, including the cause of the bleeding. Your age and whether you want to have children also play a role.

The type of hormone you take will depend on whether you want to get pregnant as well as your age and other conditions that could impact bleeding. Birth control pills can help make your periods more regular. Hormones also can be given as an injection, as a vaginal cream, or through an IUD.