Definition - What does Menometrorrhagia mean?

Menometrorrhagia is a type of menstrual disorder that causes abnormal and excessive uterine bleeding. The bleeding may occur during menstruation, but may also occur in between periods,at frequent but irregular intervals. Menometrorrhagia is typically a symptom of an underlying condition, many of which may cause infertility or prevent conception.

FertilitySmarts explains Menometrorrhagia

Menstrual disorders often occur in conjunction with anovulation, the absence of ovulation. Therefore, it is possible that women experiencing menometrorrhaghia would be infertile through the duration of her symptoms. Additionally, the repeated and excessive shedding of the uterine lining could result in thin uterine lining. This condition prevents implantation from occurring. Therefore, if an egg was fertilized following intercourse or during assisted reproductive technology (ART) treatments, such as intrauterine insemination (IUI) or in vitro fertilization (IVF), the uterus would may remain an inhospitable environment, unable to facilitate pregnnacy.

Disorders that may cause menometrorrhagia include:

  • Endometriosis
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Uterine polyps
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Cancer

Treatment is based on the specific condition, but may include lifestyle changes, oral contraceptives (birth control pills) to regulate hormones, surgery to remove growths or treat endometriosis, or cancer treatment. In severe cases, a hysterectomy (removal of the reproductive system) may be required to avoid continued symptoms.

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