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If you experience irregular bleeding, postmenopausal bleeding, or any other abnormal bleeding associated with your reproductive system, it's important that you seek medical attention as soon as possible. The staff of Lone Tree OB/GYN & Midwives are available to answer your questions and make sure you receive the treatment you need to remain healthy and active. If you live in or near Lone Tree and Castle Rock, Colorado, or any of the nearby communities, the staff encourages you to call and make an appointment to get the answers you need.
Abnormal bleeding can be the result of a hormone imbalance or by damage to the uterus caused by cysts, fibroids, or other abnormalities. Certain medications can cause irregular periods and dysfunctional uterine bleeding, but so can injuries to the abdomen, a system infection, or illness that affects the whole body.
Another cause of abnormal bleeding can be a miscarriage. If you believe there is any possibility that you were pregnant and had a miscarriage, it's imperative that you see your gynecologist immediately. They will be able to determine the exact cause of the bleeding and offer an appropriate treatment plan.
Uterine ablation techniques, such as Novasure ablation, are often performed with lasers. The goal is to remove the lining of the uterus to prevent abnormal bleeding. The removal of the lining means there's nothing left to shed each month, so you no longer have to worry about your monthly cycle.
The removal of the uterine lining also eliminates the risk of pregnancy. Without the uterine lining, the environment is no longer conducive to maintaining a pregnancy. Your provider will often recommend a uterine ablation procedure if your periods are irregular or extremely heavy. When it comes to your periods, the results of an ablation procedure are similar to that of a hysterectomy only without the major surgery and the removal of your reproductive organs.
Hormone-based birth control is often recommended to control heavy vaginal bleeding associated with irregular periods. If your provider determines that the problems you're having with your periods are associated with a possible hormonal imbalance, oral contraceptives and other forms of hormone-based birth control may be able to help control them.
Using birth control to manage your periods will keep them more regular and keep the bleeding from being excessive. In most cases, hormone replacement therapy can control postmenopausal bleeding. While both are hormone-based, the concept behind each type of medication is slightly different. Your provider will be able to determine which type of treatment is best for you.