Menstrual Cycle - The Common Complaints

The most common issue females report to health care providers are related to menstruation commonly referred to as monthly ‘periods’.

Normal menstrual cycle

 The normal menstrual cycle can vary greatly in time of onset and cessation, duration , frequency , associated discomfort and how it affects a woman’s life.

Menstrual disorders are disruptive physical and/or emotional symptoms just before and during menstruation.

including heavy bleeding, missed periods and unmanageable mood swings. Some women get through their monthly periods easily with few or no concerns.

Control Of Menstrual Cycle

Female sex hormones (Estrogen & Progesterone) have a basic and complex role in control of menstruations, yet menstrual cycle is controlled by a complex interplay of a multitude of hormones, so factors altering the hormonal homeostasis can alter the menstrual patterns.

Types Of Menstrual Disorders:

Causes Of Menstrual Disorders:

Menstrual irregularities have a variety of causes, including pregnancy, hormonal imbalances, infections, diseases, trauma, and certain medications.

Treatment Of Menstrual Disorder

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- Treatment Of Menstrual Disorder

Treatment of Abnormal Uterine Bleeding:

- Medical
    • Birth control pills
    • Progestin (can be given by a shot, implant or device placed in the uterus called an IUGS).
    • manage heavy period bleeding related to fibroids, generally used to reduce the size before surgery.
- Surgery
- Prevention

Prevention of abnormal uterine bleeding is not always possible, however risks can be reduced by,

- Treatment of Amenorrhea
- Primary Amenorrhea:

requires detailed history, examination, specialized investigations & endocrinologist input.

- Secondary Amenorrhea:

birth control pills or other hormone therapies can restart menstrual cycles. Amenorrhea caused by thyroid or pituitary disorders may be treated with medications. If a tumour or structural blockage is causing the problem, surgery may be necessary.

- Treatment for Oligomenorrhea

Treatment of PMS and PMDD

Author:

Dr Zeenat Umar

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