Abnormal Uterine Bleeding Specialist

Carrie Kim Patterson, MD -  - OB/GYN

Carrie Kim Patterson, MD

OB/GYN located in Frisco, TX

Painful, heavy periods are more than just a hassle: They can have a grave impact on your daily routine and on your health. Dr. Carrie Patterson, an expert OB/GYN in Frisco, Texas, has extensive experience diagnosing and treating abnormal uterine bleeding, allowing you the freedom to get back to your normal activities without the discomfort, anxiety, and fatigue that heavy bleeding can cause. Make an appointment with Dr. Patterson today to find out how you can put an end to your abnormal bleeding.

Abnormal Uterine Bleeding Q & A

What is abnormal uterine bleeding?

Abnormal uterine bleeding is defined as bleeding from the uterus that’s:

  • Longer than a usual period: a period that lasts longer than seven days
  • Heavier than a typical period: you have to change your pad or tampon every hour for more than two hours
  • Outside of the menstrual cycle: if you get your period more often than every 21 days or farther apart than 35 days

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, which can have an extremely negative impact on your quality of life, call Dr. Patterson to get to the bottom of the issue.

What causes abnormal uterine bleeding?

The main culprit behind abnormal uterine bleeding is a hormone imbalance called polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), which disrupts the release of your eggs. As your uterus awaits an egg, the lining of your uterus thickens and, when an egg doesn’t arrive, the lining becomes too thick, and your body sheds it, causing heavy bleeding.

Also, pregnancy can cause abnormal bleeding, which is a temporary condition monitored by Dr. Patterson.

Abnormal bleeding can also be caused, to a lesser extent, by:

  • Fibroids or polyps
  • Uterine cancer
  • Cervix infection
  • Thyroid issues

What are the treatments for abnormal uterine bleeding?

There are several ways Dr. Patterson treats abnormal bleeding, including:

Hormonal: Hormonal controls can relieve abnormal bleeding, but they also affect your ability to get pregnant. Hormone controls include:

  • IUDs
  • Birth control pills
  • Implants

Endometrial ablation: Dr. Patterson offers the Novasure® technique at her practice, which is highly effective in treating abnormal bleeding. Novasure is a one-time, five-minute procedure that removes the lining of your uterus. Here’s how it works:

  • Dr. Patterson opens your cervix and inserts a slender wand that extends a netted device into your uterus.
  • The netting expands to fit the inside of your uterus.
  • Dr. Patterson delivers precisely measured radio-frequency energy through the netting for about 90 seconds.
  • She removes the device.

The Novasure procedure for women who no longer wish to bear children, as the procedure makes any future pregnancy problematic.

To find out which option may best control your bleeding, make an appointment with Dr. Patterson to review your case.