Menstrual Disorders Specialist

Aspen Medical Group, Inc. -  - OB/GYN and Pediatrics

Aspen Medical Group, Inc.

Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, Internal Medicine & Family Practice located in Corona, Riverside, and Moreno Valley, CA

Menstrual disorders can be a nuisance or a sign of a serious medical problem. If painful periods, heavy menstrual bleeding, or irregular periods are a normal part of your everyday routine, the OB/GYN specialists at Aspen Medical Group, Inc. with locations in Corona, Riverside, and Moreno Valley, California, can help. They examine you and offer diagnostic tests to detect menstrual disorders and offer treatments for symptom relief. Schedule an appointment with Aspen Medical Group, Inc. at the first sign of a menstruation issue. You can request an appointment by phone or by using the online booking tool.

Menstrual Disorders Q & A

What are menstrual disorders?

Your menstrual cycle is a series of changes your body goes through to prepare for a possible pregnancy. When your body releases an egg that doesn’t get fertilized, your uterus lining sloughs off through the vagina as a period. Menstrual disorders are women’s health problems that affect the timing of your monthly cycle or your periods.

What is normal menstruation?

A normal menstrual cycle usually lasts about 21-35 days. Menstrual flow, or your period, might linger for two to seven days. A normal period appears around the time each month and lingers for about the same number of days. Everybody is different, which is why it’s sometimes difficult to know if you have a menstrual disorder.

What are the symptoms of menstrual disorders?

If you experience the following signs or symptoms, you might have a menstrual disorder:

  • Heavy menstrual bleeding 
  • Abnormal bleeding
  • Painful periods or chronic pelvic pain
  • Very light or infrequent periods
  • No period at all
  • Abdominal bloating
  • Depression
  • Headaches
  • Periods that are less than 21 days apart
  • Periods lasting longer than 10 days

Check-in with your OB/GYN physician for an evaluation if your monthly cycle or period drastically changes or causes uncomfortable symptoms.

What causes menstrual disorders?

A wide variety of factors can lead to menstrual disorders, some of which require treatment or are serious. Possible causes include:

  • Genetics, pregnancy, or breastfeeding
  • Extreme weight loss, excessive exercise, or eating disorders
  • Thyroid problems or other hormone imbalances
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
  • Premature ovarian failure
  • Uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, or endometriosis
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
  • Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
  • Clotting disorders or cancer
  • Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)

Your OB/GYN specialist reviews your medical history and completes an exam, including a pelvic exam and Pap test, to determine the cause of menstrual irregularities. They ask questions about your symptoms and may use blood tests, hormone tests, and imaging tests like ultrasound or MRIs.

Your doctor might also take a biopsy or use hysteroscopy or laparoscopy to detect abnormalities in your reproductive organs during a minimally invasive procedure.

What is the treatment for menstrual disorders?

After establishing the cause of a menstrual disorder, your OB/GYN specialist reviews treatment options with you. They might recommend one or more of the following:

  • Dietary changes
  • Medications
  • Hormonal contraceptives
  • Minimally invasive procedures

Your Aspen Medical Group, Inc. specialist might suggest minimally invasive surgery, such as endometrial ablation, polyp removal, or surgically removing displaced endometrial tissue.

Don’t let menstrual irregularities go untreated when they could be a sign of a serious health problem. Schedule an appointment with Aspen Medical Group, Inc. by calling the office or using the online booking tool today.