February 26, 2010

Treatment for Hypomenorrhea Symptoms

Posted in Category : Women's Health

Hypomenorrhea is a condition in which a person suffers from very scanty discharge during her menstrual periods. The duration of the menstrual period may also become shortened as a consequence of this problem. Women suffering from this problem also commonly experience vaginal spotting during their periods. It is the reverse of the more common problem of excessive menstrual discharge faced by many women. In some women, the problem may be hereditary and it may be found upon investigation that other female members of their family, like mother and sister(s) also have a history of hypomenorrhea. It is possible that the problem lies in the constitution of the endometrial vascular tissues. In a few cases, the problem results from the fact the area of the surface within the reproductive tract from which bleeding takes place during the menstrual period is itself restricted. This could be the consequence of a previous surgery conducted on the uterus or any other reproductive organ. However, if there is some irregularity in the hormonal activities in the ovaries, chances are that the person would experience irregular periods rather than scanty flow of blood during the periods. Women nearing menopause are more susceptible to hypomennorahea than their younger counterparts. This is because the female reproductive tract begins to produce a thinner lining of cells and blood during the menstrual cycle as the body grows older, resulting in decreased menstrual flow during periods.

The production of hormones also becomes erratic at this stage, causing ovulation to become irregular and leading to scanty flow during the menstrual period. Hormonal imbalances caused by an excessive production of androgens in the body, an underactive thyroid gland, prolonged and regular consumption of contractive pills may also cause the endometrial muscles to gradually become inactive and may lead to scanty menstrual flow. A high level of insulin and/or prolactin in the bloodstream may also be responsible for the symptoms of hypomennorhea. Deficiency of essential nutrients in the diet caused by extreme dieting may also lead to hypomennorhea. Emotional turmoil and mental stress may also add to the problem. Another cause of hypomenorrhea is intrauterine adhesions, a condition termed as Asherman’s syndrome, of which scanty and short menses is only the outward manifestation. Ultrasonograms, blood tests and MRIs are standard medical procedures followed to diagnose this condition. Women who have scanty menstrual discharge do not suffer from a lowered chance of conceiving so medical treatment is not prescribed for this condition unless the problem is serious.