Abnormal Uterine Bleeding Specialist

Bay OB-GYN, PC

Rubin Frenkel, MD

Gynecologist located in Upper East Side, New York, NY & Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY

Around 1% of women in the United States experience abnormal uterine bleeding, but the issue is often underreported. At Bay OB-GYN, PC, located in the Upper East Side of Manhattan and Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, gynecologist Rubin Frenkel, MD, treats abnormal uterine bleeding with hysteroscopy and other approaches. To schedule an evaluation for your abnormal uterine bleeding, call the New York City office, or book an appointment online today.

Abnormal Uterine Bleeding Q&A

What is abnormal uterine bleeding?

Abnormal uterine bleeding is bleeding from the uterus in addition to your monthly menstrual period. It can also refer to menstrual bleeding that is excessive or prolonged. However, you may be more familiar with the term abnormal vaginal bleeding since blood from the uterus exits through the vaginal canal.

A typical period lasts for around five days, happens once every 21-35 days, and releases about an ounce of blood. If your bleeding reaches beyond these parameters, or if your menstrual bleeding is inconsistent, it’s time to consider booking an evaluation with Dr. Frenkel at Bay OB-GYN, PC.

What causes abnormal uterine bleeding?

Dr. Frenkel considers many possible causes while making a diagnosis for your abnormal uterine bleeding. There are numerous conditions that can cause it and other potential explanations. Your abnormal uterine bleeding may be due to:

  • Uterine fibroids
  • Uterine polyps
  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Hormone changes
  • Platelet dysfunction
  • An issue with your intrauterine device (IUD)
  • Early pregnancy
  • Uterine or cervical cancer

If you’re approaching menopause, one of the most likely explanations for your abnormal uterine bleeding is the thickening of the uterine lining due to menopausal hormone changes. In any case, Dr. Frenkel is extremely thorough in considering all possible causes and making sure your diagnosis is accurate.  

How is abnormal uterine bleeding diagnosed?

Dr. Frenkel asks questions about your abnormal uterine bleeding. You should describe the bleeding, how often it occurs when it tends to happen, and if any other symptoms come with it. 

After an initial discussion about your concerns, Dr. Frenkel performs a pelvic examination and Pap test. Depending on their results, he might order more lab tests or diagnostic imaging like an ultrasound. 

What are my treatment options for abnormal uterine bleeding?

The specific treatment for abnormal uterine bleeding depends on the diagnosis you receive. Dr. Frenkel can prescribe bioidentical hormones or hormonal birth control to help regulate your bleeding if the cause is a hormone imbalance. 

Another treatment for abnormal uterine bleeding is an in-office procedure called a hysteroscopy. 

Dr. Frenkel uses a long and flexible tube with a light at the end called a hysteroscope to access your uterus through the vagina. He can manipulate various instruments through the tube to treat the underlying issue. 

During a hysteroscopy, Dr. Frenkel may remove growths like polyps or fibroids. He can also prevent abnormal bleeding by destroying the tissue of your uterine lining using electricity, heat, chemicals, or freezing temperatures. 

If you have concerns about abnormal uterine bleeding, call Bay OB-GYN, PC, or schedule an appointment online today for an evaluation.