Irregular Vaginal Bleeding Specialist

Wilkens Mondesir, MD

OB-GYN located in Greenacres, FL & Boynton Beach, FL

Irregular vaginal bleeding is not only inconvenient, but it's also stressful. If you live in or around Greenacres, Florida, and are experiencing bleeding outside of your normal menstrual cycle, schedule an appointment with Dr. Mondesir for a thorough examination. There are ways to control abnormal bleeding, and online scheduling makes it easy to find a convenient appointment time.

Irregular Vaginal Bleeding Q & A

What are the causes of abnormal vaginal bleeding?

Most women will experience abnormal bleeding at one point or another. Occasional spotting isn't a cause for concern. However, when strange bleeding is persistent, heavy, or accompanied by other symptoms, it's time to schedule an appointment with your gynecologist.

Here are some of the more common causes of abnormal bleeding:

  • Pregnancy or pregnancy complications
  • Ovulation
  • Certain medications
  • Use of an intrauterine device (IUD)
  • Infection of your vagina, uterus, cervix, ovaries, or fallopian tubes
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Diseases including hyperthyroidism and diabetes

When should I see a doctor for abnormal vaginal bleeding?

Occasional, light bleeding between periods is perfectly normal. However, if you experience any of the following symptoms, schedule an appointment with Dr. Mondesir:

  • Sudden onset of severe pain in the pelvis or abdomen
  • Heavy uterine bleeding that soaks through pads or tampons within an hour
  • Sensations of dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Unexplained onset of pelvic pain
  • Fever
  • Bleeding that becomes heavier or lasts longer than one week

Dr. Mondesir has the skills and experience to diagnose and treat abnormal vaginal bleeding accurately.

What are some treatment options for vaginal bleeding?

Your treatment path depends on the cause of abnormal vaginal bleeding. In many cases, medications are the preferred means of controlling bleeding. Oral contraceptives that contain estrogen or progesterone can establish normal menstrual bleeding, and decrease spotting between periods.

In some cases, high doses of estrogen are the best course of action. For some women, a progestin-secreting intrauterine device is an effective option.

If uterine fibroids cause your bleeding, treating that condition can eliminate the bleeding. That is also true for more rare cases of bleeding disorders.

Endometrial ablation is a surgical procedure used to destroy the lining of your uterus. It can be performed using a laser, controlled pulses of electricity, or heat or cold temperatures. It's not a good option for women who are planning a future pregnancy.

In rare cases, a full hysterectomy is needed if other methods have failed. A hysterectomy is the surgical removal of your uterus.

To get to the bottom of abnormal vaginal bleeding, schedule an appointment for a thorough exam at your earliest convenience.