Menstrual disorders & Endometriosis

Menstrual disorders & Endometriosis

Women who suffer from Heavy Menstrual Bleeding (HMB) can attest how terrible it feels when their time of the month comes around

  • HMB is a common condition affecting 1.5 million women in the UK and many more women worldwide. It is most common in women under the age of 35
  • HMB has a major impact on women’s quality of life, and can affect them emotionally, socially and professionally
  • Severe or prolonged HMB can cause illness and anaemia

The University of Aberdeen has led an excellent program of research into HMB over the last two decades, looking in particular at the effectiveness of current and new treatments for heavy menstrual bleeding, and exploring alternatives to hysterectomy – for example, Laparoscopic Surgery and Endometrial Ablation.

Endometriosis is a debilitating condition affecting 1 in 10 girls and women of childbearing age worldwide

  • Endometriosis is a condition resulting from the appearance of endometrial tissue outside the uterus
  • It is characterised by pelvic pain, especially associated with menstruation
  • Symptoms can include pain or discomfort during sexual intercourse, and infertility issues
  • The cause is not known, and there is currently no cure

The University of Aberdeen undertook a programme of research which focused on developing an earlier diagnosis to minimise negative impact on the quality of life, and on looking into optimal treatment that minimises recurrence and allows fertility preservation.

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