June 8, 2011 Leave a comment
Blog Post by Malcolm G. Munro MD, FACOG, FRCS(c), Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Director of Gynecologic Services, Kaiser Permanante, Los Angeles Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA, USA
In the reproductive years, many women with abnormal uterine bleeding (AUB) have a disorder of ovulation – a group of entities designated “AUB-O” in the new FIGO classification system for causes of AUB in the reproductive years.(1) But what are these ovulatory disorders, and how are they diagnosed and treated?
The only thing “typical” about women with ovulatory disorders is that they do not have the characteristics of normal ovulation – ie predictable menstrual bleeding, with a reliable cycle length of 22 to 35 days and duration and flow that is consistent from period to period.(2) Instead, these women are often plagued with uncertainty – uncertainty about the time of onset, and, frequently, the volume and duration of bleeding. Read more of this post