Sudden changes to your menstrual cycle or abnormal bleeding may be a sign of gynecological problems. Because every woman’s cycle is unique, and some fluctuation is common, many women are unsure of when to seek help. The safest answer is to see your gynecologist if you are unsure. No harm can come from an extra checkup if you are healthy, but if there is a problem, delaying treatments can lead to further damage.
Uterine bleeding is, of course, normal during the first days of your menstrual cycle. However, it is considered abnormal when:
Unusually short or long menstrual cycles can also be a sign of problems. The cycle is timed beginning on the first day of your period (when bleeding begins). The full cycle ends when the next period starts. The cycle lasts an average of 28 days, although anywhere from 21 to 35 days in within the range of normal. If your cycle falls outside of this timeframe, or it is more than a week shorter or longer than usual, it is considered abnormal.
It is important to remember that abnormal periods may be “normal” at certain stages of a woman’s life. Girls under 16 often have longer cycles, or variations in the length of cycles. Mature women over the age of 50 typically experience light periods, and skipped months, as they approach menopause.
There are several possible reasons that women have abnormal bleeding. A few of these include:
If you have any abnormal menstrual symptoms, don’t keep wondering what could be wrong. For your health and peace of mind, call 855-346-8610 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Jenkins today.
We offer general care, gynecology, and obstetrics services that span all stages of a woman's life. Dr. Taryll L. Jenkins, MD received his undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University and Doctorate of Medicine from Meharry Medical College School of Medicine, TN. He completed his residency training at the University of Texas and Hermann Hospital, TX and is Board-certified from the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, with years of research experience.
Having graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a Bachelors of Science in Biological Chemistry in 2011, Dr. Stephanie Roy received her Doctor of Medicine Degree in 2015 from the University of Texas Medical Branch. Today she is a leading Board-certified physician who works hard to provide you and your family with high quality services. In addition to spending time at the practice, Dr. Roy possesses extensive volunteer experience in the community. She was also a tutor at the Medical Careers Diversity Program in 2012 and since then has spent her free time volunteering for the St. Vincent’s Clinic.
Dr. Tiffany Ikwuagwu is passionate about caring for the diverse communities in Katy and Houston, TX. Having completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Houston, her medical degree at the Baylor College of Medicine, and her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the McGovern Medical School, she worked as principal investigator on a research project with Dr. Nana Ankumah at UT Houston. A member of the American Medical Association, Texas Medical Association, and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Dr. Ikwuagwu has served in several leadership roles and has made many contributions to the community.
Yara Ramirez, MD earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Baylor University and her doctorate in medicine from the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston where she also completed her residency. She won the Resident Teaching Award from UTMB’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology for two consecutive years.
Dr. Ramirez has researched extensively on many obstetrics-related topics. She has been a Junior Fellow Representative for the UTMB Residency Program and a Medical Student Education Committee Member at the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She has volunteered for various local and foreign community programs. Her fluency in Spanish and French is an asset to her organization.
Nadia Alexander is a Board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner with a Master’s of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center. With seven years of experience in women’s health and a focus on obstetrics and ambulatory gynecology (vaginitis, UTI, and vaginal bleeding), she provides quality, compassionate care to patients in various stages of reproductive life. She is fluent in English and Spanish and is the lead contact for our Telehealth service.