A woman’s menstrual cycle exists solely for the purpose of reproduction. Menstrual disorders are often caused by reproductive problems that can seriously impact fertility. Diagnosing and treating menstrual disorders will improve quality of life for many women, and enhance their fertility.
Amenorrhea (no menstrual bleeding) is often caused by a hormonal problem that prevents ovulation and can cause infertility. Heavy menstrual bleeding (menorrhagia) is often a result of endometriosis, uterine fibroids, hormone imbalances or cancer. Hysterectomy is the last resort for women with these problems; our research aims to help find new treatments and keep fertility intact.
Painful periods (dysmenorrhea) can be due to normal production of prostaglandins for some women, while diseases such as endometriosis and fibroids are the cause for others. Treatment of the diseases causing dysmenorrhea should relieve the symptoms and enhance fertility.