Abnormal Bleeding Specialist

Capital Women's Care

OB-GYNs located in Arlington, VA & McLean, VA

Abnormal bleeding can happen at any point during a woman's life, although it's most common during the perimenopausal years (during the transition into menopause.) The OB/GYNs at Capital Women's Care in Arlington and McLean, Virginia perform complete work-ups to determine the cause of abnormal bleeding. With a proper diagnosis, effective treatment can begin. Patients can get relief from abnormal bleeding and all the problems that may go along with it.

Abnormal Bleeding Q&A

When is bleeding diagnosed as abnormal?

A certain amount of variation can occur during any woman's menstrual periods. While you may have heavy periods occasionally, that doesn't mean the bleeding is necessarily abnormal until the following things are true.

  • Periods are consistently longer than 3-5 days: When you have abnormal bleeding, periods of 7-10 days or longer can be common.
  • Bleeding is very heavy: With abnormal bleeding, you may need frequent tampon or pad changes.
  • You have spotting between periods: The spotting is heavy enough to be close to period levels.


If a woman bleeds after menopause, it's also categorized as abnormal bleeding. Abnormal bleeding can occur at any stage in life, but is most common in the childbearing and perimenopausal years.

How does the doctor diagnose abnormal bleeding?

Your OB/GYN at Capital Women's Care diagnoses abnormal bleeding after a complete work-up. Your work-up may include pelvic exams, blood tests, diagnostic tests like ultrasound, ovulation tests, and biopsy along with other tests.

When your doctor makes the abnormal bleeding diagnosis, they will also determine why the bleeding occurs. Some common causes of abnormal bleeding include uterine fibroids and endometriosis.

How is abnormal bleeding treated?

Your Capital Women's Care OB/GYN treats abnormal bleeding based on its cause and your specific symptoms. If your irregular bleeding causes difficulties like missed work, there's no reason that you have to live like that any longer.

Hormone imbalances

If your abnormal bleeding results from hormone problems, your doctor may prescribe estrogen, progesterone, or a combination of these hormones. It often takes the form of oral contraceptives but can occur in other forms.

Uterine fibroids

Uterine fibroids are one of the most common causes of abnormal bleeding. Fibroid treatment may include medication, and in some cases myomectomy (fibroid removal surgery) if needed.

Your OB/GYN at Capital Women's Care is here to help you avoid the unpleasant -- and sometimes completely miserable -- effects of abnormal bleeding. Use the online appointment maker to arrange a visit with one of our OB/GYNs or call our office for an appointment.