Heavy Vaginal Bleeding Specialist

Elizabeth A. Eden, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.

Gynecologist located in Sutton Place, New York, NY

Women may experience abnormal bleeding or irregular periods for dozens of reasons throughout their lives. Dr. Elizabeth Eden in Sutton Place, New York, specializes in identifying the root causes of abnormal uterine bleeding through extensive evaluation and testing, allowing her to zero in on the most effective treatment for the problem. Dr. Eden takes a thoughtful, intelligent approach to her treatment methods, looking at the whole patient rather than just the symptoms presented.

Heavy Vaginal Bleeding Q and A

What is abnormal uterine bleeding?

Whether just starting menstruation or entering menopause, women can experience abnormal uterine bleeding or irregular periods at any stage in their lives. Abnormal uterine bleeding is typically defined as:

  • Bleeding or spotting in between periods
  • Bleeding after sex
  • Abnormally heavy bleeding during a period
  • Heavy cramping
  • Menstrual cycles that last more than 38 days or are shorter than 24
  • Bleeding or spotting after menopause
  • Shorter or longer periods than normal

There are times when irregular or abnormal bleeding is fairly common, such as when girls first start their menstrual cycles, or when women enter perimenopause -- a stage often defined by irregular periods -- and these will be tracked by the doctor. Irregular cycles and bleeding during pregnancies and post childbirth are also common yet should be monitored. If, however, you experience bleeding that is not normal for your history, Dr. Eden can help you quickly identify the cause and get you started on an appropriate treatment.

What causes abnormal bleeding and how is it diagnosed?

There are many causes of abnormal bleeding, including:

  • Ovulation issues
  • Endometriosis
  • Miscarriage
  • Cancer
  • Ectopic pregnancies

Since there are many reasons why a woman may experience abnormal bleeding or irregular periods, routine exams and prompt assessment of any bleeding that is out of the ordinary are necessary because abnormal bleeding can often indicate a more serious problem that should be treated. The following are some of the tests that might be performed:

  • Ultrasound, MRI, or CT scan
  • Endometrial biopsy - a biopsy of the endometrial tissue
  • Hysteroscopy - a procedure that looks inside the uterus with a small, lighted instrument
  • Sonohysterography - an ultrasound using fluid injected into the uterus through the cervix

How is abnormal uterine bleeding treated?

Because of the many reasons for abnormal uterine bleeding, the treatments are just as varied and range from simple monitoring to surgical options. Dr. Eden’s experience with the many conditions that can affect a woman’s cycles will help you decide on an option that best suits your individual situation. While Dr. Eden comes from an academically-trained background, she spends a lot of time counseling patients about their entire life, not just their gynecologic symptoms.