Menstrual Disorders

Oct 15, 2011 Issue
Premenstrual Syndrome and Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder [Article]

Premenstrual syndrome is defined as recurrent moderate psychological and physical symptoms that occur during the luteal phase of menses and resolve with menstruation. It affects 20 to 32 percent of premenopausal women. Women with premenstrual dysphoric disorder experience affective or somatic sympto...

Oct 15, 2011 Issue
Tranexemic Acid (Lysteda) for Cyclic Heavy Menstrual Bleeding [STEPS]

Tranexamic acid is a nonhormonal option that reduces menstrual blood loss and improves quality of life in patients with heavy menstrual bleeding. It is more expensive than nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and hormonal therapies, but is an option when these treatments are not desired or recommended.

Feb 15, 2008 Issue
ACOG Guidelines on Endometrial Ablation [Practice Guidelines]

In its guidelines for endometrial ablation, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) compare standard resectoscopic endometrial ablation with nonresectoscopic endometrial ablation techniques and devices.

Jan 1, 2008 Issue
Premenstrual Syndrome [Clinical Evidence Handbook]

What are the effects of drug and hormonal treatments in women with premenstrual syndrome (PMS)? What are the effects of psychological interventions, physical therapy, dietary supplements and surgical treatments in women with PMS?

Jun 15, 2007 Issue
Treatment of Menorrhagia [Article]

Menorrhagia is defined as excessive uterine bleeding occurring at regular intervals or prolonged uterine bleeding lasting more than seven days. The classic definition of menorrhagia (i.e., greater than 80 mL of blood loss per cycle) is rarely used clinically. Women describe the loss or reduction of ...

Aug 15, 2006 Issue
Diagnosis and Management of Endometriosis [Article]

Signs and symptoms of endometriosis are nonspecific, and an acceptably accurate noninvasive diagnostic test has yet to be reported. Serum markers do not provide adequate diagnostic accuracy. The preferred method for diagnosis of endometriosis is surgical visual inspection of pelvic organs with histo...

Apr 15, 2006 Issue
Amenorrhea: Evaluation and Treatment [Article]

A thorough history and physical examination as well as laboratory testing can help narrow the differential diagnosis of amenorrhea. In patients with primary amenorrhea, the presence or absence of sexual development should direct the evaluation. Constitutional delay of growth and puberty commonly cau...

Jan 15, 2005 Issue
Dysmenorrhea [Article]

Dysmenorrhea is the leading cause of recurrent short-term school absence in adolescent girls and a common problem in women of reproductive age. Risk factors for dysmenorrhea include nulliparity, heavy menstrual flow, smoking, and depression. Empiric therapy can be initiated based on a typical histor...

Apr 15, 2004 Issue
Abnormal Uterine Bleeding [Article]

Abnormal uterine bleeding is a common presenting symptom in the family practice setting. In women of childbearing age, a methodical history, physical examination, and laboratory evaluation may enable the physician to rule out causes such as pregnancy and pregnancy-related disorders, medications, iat...

Apr 15, 2003 Issue
Premenstrual Syndrome [Article]

Premenstrual syndrome, a common cyclic disorder of young and middle-aged women, is characterized by emotional and physical symptoms that consistently occur during the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle. Women with more severe affective symptoms are classified as having premenstrual dysphoric disord...

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