Abnormal or dysfunctional uterine bleeding is most often caused by a hormone imbalance. This can occur because of the onset of menopause or due to fluctuations in the hormones after a major reproductive event, such as childbirth. Abnormal bleeding can also be attributed to cysts, fibroids, and other conditions that affect a woman's reproductive system. Certain types of infections, like sexually transmitted diseases or those that affect the cervix, can also cause some degree of dysfunctional uterine bleeding. In some cases, a person's weight may play a role in how their reproductive system functions. It can also be a cause of abnormal uterine bleeding.
Treatment of dysfunctional uterine bleeding will be determined by its cause. Medications and hormone replacement therapy will control abnormal bleeding that results from hormonal imbalances and certain health conditions like endometriosis. Young girls who are experiencing their first menstrual cycles may have abnormally heavy periods for the first few months, but will eventually become more regular as they get older. Women who have severe uterine bleeding that is the result of fibroids, cysts, or tumors may need to have a more extensive treatment plan in place. Surgical procedures such as ablation techniques or a hysterectomy may be recommended.
A hysterectomy is often recommended when abnormal or dysfunctional uterine bleeding becomes so severe it affects the woman's overall health. Excessive bleeding can lead to anemia and other health conditions resulting in fatigue and chroAt Marina OB/GYN, Dr. Jamie Lipeles provides patients with several treatment options for dysfunctional uterine bleeding. He works diligently to find the root of the cause so the condition can be treated both effectively and efficiently. Each patient is treated on an individual basis and provided the highest level of health care possible. Dr. Lipeles has alleviated the symptoms of dysfunctional uterine bleeding in women throughout Marina Del Rey, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, Venice, Westchester, El Segundo, Playa Vista, Culver City and the greater South Bay area.
nic illness. Women who suffer from advanced endometriosis, irregular periods, or fibroids that have not responded well to other types of treatment may be possible candidates for a full or partial hysterectomy. Dr. Lipeles will normally only recommend a hysterectomy if the woman has reached a specific age, has had more than 2 children, or their health may be at stake. Each situation is different and all of the options should be carefully weighed before making such an important decision.
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