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Thursday, 6 October 2011

Free online book on heavy menstrual bleeding

This may be of interest to some of my readers, but I noticed that the National Collaborating Centre for Women's and Children's Health and the National Institute for Health and National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellent have published their guidelines for the assessment and treatment of heavy menstrual bleeding (HMB), a problem that can affect women with endometriosis.

To read the guidelines in their entirety follow this link

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK56536/

and click on ‘PDF version of this title’ in the right hand margin

Although the guide is aimed more at clinicians, I think it contains a lot of relevant and interesting information for patients who suffer with heavy menstrual bleeding. The guide covers such topics as:

  • How we define HMB
  • The risk factors for HMB and its prevalence
  • How doctors should assess and test for HMB
  • Education for women about HMB
  • Medical and surgical treatments for HMB

Although these guidelines have been drawn up for the use in the UK, the evidence upon which the guidelines have been based was taken from international studies and are applicable to women all over the world.

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