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SOLUTION TO ABNORMAL BLEEDING CAUSED BY FIBROIDS AND ENDOMETRIOSIS

Persistent heavy bleeding can significantly affect a woman’s quality of life, require frequent bathroom trips/clothing changes and/or double protection, and even cause weakness or fatigue due to iron-deficiency, anaemia. Here we will discuss the two most common causes of persistent heavy bleeding: fibroids and adenomyosis.

A normal menstrual cycle (period) usually occurs monthly every 25-31 days and lasts from 3-7 days. The total blood loss is on average 30mL (2-3 tablespoons), but is no more than 80mL. A normal sized uterus usually weighs 1-2 ounces (50-75 grams) and is not bigger than a peach. When there is presence of fibroids, all these can be altered so abnormally. The uterus could be abnormally enlarged and the period can be greatly affected too, becoming abnormally excessive. 

Abnormalities In The Menstrual Cycle

Abnormalities in the menstrual cycle are common and are defined below;

Amenorrhea is defined as absence of menses for greater than 6 months. However a work-up is recommended if 3 periods in a row are missed.

Oligomenorrhea is defined as less frequent menstrual cycles that occur at least 35 days apart.

Menorrhagia is defined as prolonged or excessive uterine bleeding that occurs at regular intervals, total blood loss is more than 80mL or bleeding lasts for more than 7days. 

Metrorrhagia is defined as irregular menstrual bleeding or bleeding in between periods. 

Polymenorrhea is defined as frequent menstrual bleeding that occurs every 21 days or less. 

Menometrorrhagia is defined as frequent menstrual bleeding that is excessive and irregular in amount and duration.

Dysmenorrhea is defined as painful menstrual periods and is caused by prostaglandin release in the uterus causing painful uterine contractions. It is the most common menstrual disorder, affecting up to 90% of young women.

Persistent heavy bleeding can significantly affect a woman’s quality of life, require frequent bathroom trips/clothing changes and/or double protection, and even cause weakness or fatigue due to iron-deficiency, anaemia. Here we will discuss the two most common causes of persistent heavy bleeding: fibroids and adenomyosis.

 Fibroids

Fibroids, also known as leiomyomas, are benign tumors originating from uterine tissue. They can vary greatly in size and number, and they are classified according to location: subserosal, submucosal, intramural, pedunculated, or combined.

Symptoms and treatment options are affected by the size, number, and location of the fibroids. Since fibroids are very common and most of the time they do not cause bothersome symptoms, they go undetected. However, some studies report leiomyomas in greater than 50% of women age 50 years. While the majority of women usually have no symptoms, 1 in 4 women end up with symptoms severe enough to require treatment.

Symptomatic patients may experience heavy bleeding, irregular bleeding, painful periods, as well as pelvic pressure and urinary frequency from an enlarged uterus. Usually, premenopausal women are the patients who seek out treatment. This is because when menopause occurs and estrogen production declines, fibroids usually shrink and abnormal bleeding significantly improves. However, a minority of postmenopausal women will still be symptomatic and seek out treatment.

 Adenomyosis and Endometriosis

Adenomyosis is a certain type of endometriosis (abnormal location of uterine lining cells) that develops inside the uterine walls. It causes pelvic pain and bleeding. Adenomyosis prevents effective uterine contractions during a period, making it more painful and prolonged.

In the majority of cases, adenomyosis and endometriosis are present and symptomatic at the same time. As is the case of women with fibroids, if a woman reaches menopause, her symptoms from adenomyosis tend to improve due to decreased estrogen production, and it is less likely that she will need treatment. Fibroids and Adenomyosis may coexist in the same uterus. This may exacerbate the already severe symptoms.

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