Dysfunctional Uterine Bleeding
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Female Progesterone Deficiency Self Assessment
This test will help with the diagnosis and management of progesterone deficiency in women. It will assess your symptoms and provide you with a series of action steps to assist you in managing these.
Conditions & treatment options.
- Breast disorders (non-cancerous)
- Breast cancer
- Depression & anxiety attacks
- Dyspareunia (painful intercourse)
- Early menopause
- Endometrial hyperplasia
- Estrogen dominance
- Fibrocystic breast disease
- Hot flashes
- Low libido in women
- Menorrhagia (heavy periods)
- Night sweats
- Oophorectomy (removal of the ovaries)
- Ovarian cysts
- Polycystic ovarian syndrome
- Post partum depression
- Premenstrual syndrome
- Turner's syndrome
- Uterine fibroids
- Vaginal dryness
Excessive bleeding of more than 80 mls of blood (16 soaked sanitary pads per cycle) indicates abnormally heavy bleeding.
Also known as "heavy periods".
About the Condition
Menorrhagia is excessive menstrual bleeding during the regularly expected menstrual period. Many women experience what they consider may be a “heavy” period when 16 or more soaked sanitary pads in any one cycle is considered menorrhagia.
Menstrual blood flow is mostly controlled by the hormones estrogen and progesterone. Estrogen stimulates a build up of the uterine lining and progesterone holds the lining together. There is a fine balance between the two and if there is a disruption to one or both hormones, often the disruption can be reflected in menstrual bleeding changes.
Symptoms of Menorrhagia
Abnormally heavy or prolonged menstruation.
Usually a sign of underlying disorder, such as hormone imbalance, uterine fibroids or, rare, cancer of the uterus. Untreated may cause significant anemia.
Causes of Menorrhagia
Most common reason for menorrhagia.
- Menopause (flushes, mood changes)
- Uterine myomata or fibroids
- Intrauterine contraceptive devices
- Endometrial polyps
- Hypothyroidism (dry skin, psychoses, myalgia)
- Psychological disturbances
- Follicular or corpus luteal ovarian cysts
- Ovarian or uterine tumors and neoplasms
- Cervical ectropion (leucorrhoea)
- Stein-Leventhal syn. (polycystic ovarian syn.)
- Pelvic arteriovenous malformations
- Thrombocytopenia (see Pathology)
- Abortion or miscarriage
- Ectopic pregnancy (hypogastric pain)
- Endometriosis (cyclical pelvic pain)
- Pelvic inflammatory disease
- Endometrial hyperplasia
- Congestive cardiac failure (dyspnoea, oedema)
- Liver diseases
- Blood dyscrasias and coagulopathies
- Pituitary diseases
- Drugs (e.g. oestrogen, warfarin, chemotherapy, steroids)
Menorrhagia is characterized by abnormally heavy or prolonged menstruation. Variations to the condition include menometrorrhagia means heavy and irregular uterine bleeding during the expected menstrual period and also at irregular, unexpected intervals and metrorrhagia means irregular uterine bleeding between expected menstrual periods.
Treatment for Menorrhagia
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Topics discussed in the Understanding Dysfunctional Uterine Bleeding booklet include:
- What is DUB?
- When do I need treatment?
- Why does DUB develop?
- Who develops menstrual disorders?
- How dangerous is DUB?
- What is a normal cycle?
- How do I know if I ovulated?
- What are the signs and symptoms of DUB?
- How can I decrease my symptoms?
- How do I prepare for my doctor’s visit?
- What can I expect when I visit the doctor?
- Imaging, Transvaginal Exam, Hysteroscopy, D&C
- How is DUB treated?
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Posted on: May 9 | Filed under: Anovulation, Early Menopause, Endometrial Hyperplasia, Estrogen Dominance, Hormone Research, Hysterectomy, Low Libido in Women, Menopause, Oophorectomy, Perimenopause, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), Progesterone, Testosterone in Women