There are several different types of menstrual problems and this patient guide aims to provide some insight into the conditions.
A basic understanding of female anatomy and the menstrual cycle is beneficial when using this guide.
Type of Menstrual Problems
Heavy menstrual bleeding is also known as Menorrhagia. This is a detailed topic so more information can be found here.
Amenorrhoea is the absence of menstrual periods. There are different classes for this condition.
- Primary – when menstrual periods have not started by age 15 years.
- Secondary – when menstrual periods are absent for more than 3-6 months in a woman who previously had periods.
Oligomenorrhoea is the medical term for infrequent menstrual periods. This is usually fewer than 6-8 periods per year. The causes, evaluation, and treatment of amenorrhoea and oligomenorrhoea are similar.
Dysmenorrhoea is a painful but common menstrual problem. Most women begin having dysmenorrhoea during adolescence, usually within 4-5 years of the first menstrual period. Painful periods become less common as women age.
Dysmenorrhoea tends to be crampy in nature and usually located in the lower abdomen above the pubic bone. Other symptoms that may accompany cramping include nausea, diarrhoea, dizziness, fatigue, headache, or a flu-like feeling.
Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) is a group of symptoms that occur during the second half of the menstrual cycle. Mild PMS is common, affecting up to 75% of women with regular menstrual cycles.
Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) is the severe psychological form of PMS. Common symptoms include anger, irritability, depression, and internal tension that are severe enough to interfere with daily activities.
PMDD is usually a chronic condition and can have a serious impact on a woman’s quality of life. Fortunately, a variety of treatments and self-care measures can effectively control the symptoms in most women.
Get Help with Menstrual Problems
Mr de Rosnay can provide support and treatment for menstrual problems. He will discuss your symptoms and provide you with a suitable treatment plan. To find out more about and book an appointment, please contact us to discuss your needs.