What to expect at your visit
First, know that not all abnormal bleeding needs to be addressed urgently. If you are having any kind of bleeding during pregnancy or following menopause—or are bleeding so heavily that you’re completely soaking through a maxi pad or super tampon every hour—then our scheduling team will probably have you talk to one of our advice nurses to assess your situation and figure out next steps, which may include an urgent visit. If your abnormal bleeding doesn’t fall into one of these categories, then we’ll probably look for the next available appointment with a provider who has skill and experience addressing your concern.
The provider you see will want to talk about your health history and your menstrual cycle. Keep track of your cycle before your visit, noting when you start your period, how long it lasts and how heavy it is—plus any spotting you have between periods or after sex. Your visit will most likely include a physical exam and your provider may also recommend blood tests, a pregnancy test and/or tests to screen for sexually transmitted diseases. Your provider may also talk to you about having an ultrasound to fully evaluation your uterus and ovaries.