Menstrual-Related Conditions

Center for Gynecology & Women's Health

Monthly or longer-term hormonal changes and fluctuations have physical and emotional effects on women. The degree of significance of these effects runs a broad range among individuals and thus can vary significantly from one women to the next, as well as from one menstrual cycle or stage of life to the next.  Some amount of hormonal-related change –– from week to week, month to month, year to year, or decade to decade –– is normal and natural for all women. But for some women, these changes can be severe enough to cause disruption in their lives.

The center's staff can help to confirm if changes related to the menstrual cycle are unusually severe.  They can offer the most up-to-date counseling and appropriate treatment.

Abnormal menstruation

Each of these conditions can have a variety of causes, relating to physical or mental stress, uterine abnormalities, endocrine disorders, and other conditions.  Our staff can help patients determine the pattern of any significant disturbances in menstruation and work to determine the cause.  While changes in menstrual patterns are not usually, in themselves, serious, they may signal underlying conditions that require treatment.  Causes of abnormal uterine bleeding are many, including harmless or benign conditions as well ones requiring more concerted medical attention. The list of possible causes includes cancer, fibroids,problems with birth control methods, physical or mental stress, infections, and chronic medical conditions such as thyroid disorders, diabetes, or blood clotting disorders. Early menopause or perimenopause can also cause unexpected menstrual changes.

Treatment for abnormal uterine bleeding can include anti-inflammatory drugs, hormone therapy, or surgery.  Surgery can take the form of endometrial ablation or hysterectomy.

The staff members are skilled at determining what, if any, hormonal-related syndrome or disorder a woman may be experiencing.  Their gentle, understanding, knowledgeable approach assists women in addressing such conditions.  These staff members can also refer to an endocrinologist, reproductive endocrinologist, fertility specialist, behavioral health specialist or therapist, or other medical professionals as needed for menstrual-related symptoms.

The radiology and other diagnostic services at Aria Health ths offer the highest quality studies.  As a patient at our women's center, a woman will know that results of her screening studies or other tests, including those involving biopsy, will be sent directly to her providers.  The staff can also directly provide certain diagnostic procedures that may be helpful in diagnosing menstrual disorders, such as dilation and curettage (D&C), hysteroscopy, colposcopy, laparoscopy, pelvic ultrasound, or endometrial biopsy.