Menstrual Problems Specialist

Seasons of Life Obstetrics & Gynecology, PC

Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Allentown, PA

Menstrual periods that are irregular, heavy, or extremely painful may be warning signs of an underlying health problem. The all-female team of highly trained OB/GYNs at Seasons of Life Obstetrics & Gynecology in Allentown, Pennsylvania, offers hormonal and nonhormonal treatment for the full spectrum of menstrual problems. If you have questions or concerns about problems with your period, don’t hesitate to call or book an appointment online today.

Menstrual Problems Q & A

What are menstrual problems?

Menstrual periods are notorious for the uncomfortable symptoms they torment women with every month. However, problems beyond the typical mild cramping and fatigue of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) may indicate an underlying issue.

The expert team at Seasons of Life Obstetrics & Gynecology treats many common menstrual problems, including:

  • Irregular periods that happen fewer than 21 days or more than 35 days apart
  • Menstrual bleeding that is much heavier or lighter than usual
  • Periods that cause severe pain, cramping, nausea, or vomiting
  • Periods that last longer than seven days
  • Bleeding or spotting in between periods or after sex

Amenorrhea is a condition that occurs when you skip your period for 90 days or more when you’re not pregnant, breastfeeding, or going through menopause.  

What causes menstrual problems?

Many factors contribute to painful or irregular periods, from lifestyle factors such as stress to serious gynecological problems. Conditions that may cause menstrual problems include:

  • Taking hormonal birth control
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Endometriosis
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
  • Premature ovarian insufficiency
  • Uterine or cervical cancer

These conditions may disrupt your daily life and make it difficult for you to get pregnant. Fortunately, the team at Seasons of Life Obstetrics & Gynecology can help.

How do OB/GYNs diagnose and treat menstrual problems?

First, your OB/GYN at Seasons of Life Obstetrics & Gynecology carefully reviews your symptoms and medical history. It may be helpful to keep track of any menstrual problems in a notebook or phone app and share that information at your appointment. Your OB/GYN can use these notes to help determine the cause of your menstrual problems.

She also performs a physical and pelvic exam and may perform in-office diagnostic tests, such as:

  • Blood tests
  • Pap test
  • Pregnancy test
  • Pelvic ultrasound
  • Saline infusion sonogram
  • Endometrial biopsy

Once she diagnoses your condition, your OB/GYN develops a personalized treatment plan. Depending on your specific menstrual problem, she may recommend hormonal or nonhormonal treatment, such as:

  • Birth control pills or an IUD to regulate heavy bleeding
  • Hormone replacement therapy to correct a hormone imbalance
  • Nonhormonal medications to help control menstrual flow
  • Over-the-counter or prescription pain-relieving medicines

Conditions that are severe or continue to cause menstrual problems despite treatment may require a more advanced procedure. The team at Seasons of Life Obstetrics & Gynecology offers cutting-edge treatments, such as Minerva™ and Genesys HTA™ endometrial ablation and minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery.

To find relief from menstrual problems, call Seasons of Life Obstetrics & Gynecology or book an appointment online today.