What is cycle monitoring?
Cycle monitoring in gynecology is a process of closely monitoring a woman’s menstrual cycle to evaluate the timing and progression of ovulation. This monitoring is usually done for women who are trying to conceive, or for those who are undergoing fertility treatments such as ovulation induction or intrauterine insemination (IUI).
The process of cycle monitoring typically involves regular monitoring of hormone levels (such as estrogen and progesterone) through blood tests, as well as imaging techniques such as transvaginal ultrasound. This helps doctors to determine the optimal time for conception, and to monitor the growth and development of the follicles in the ovaries.
Cycle monitoring can also help to identify any potential issues with ovulation or follicular development, such as irregular cycles or polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), and to adjust the treatment plan accordingly. Overall, cycle monitoring is an important tool in gynecology that can help women to achieve a successful pregnancy.
How common are menstrual cycle disorders?
Menstrual cycle disorders are relatively common and can affect a woman’s reproductive health and quality of life. The exact prevalence of menstrual cycle disorders varies depending on the specific condition and the population studied.
Here are some of the most common menstrual cycle disorders:
- Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) – a common hormonal disorder that affects up to 10% of women of reproductive age. It is characterized by irregular periods, ovarian cysts, and high levels of androgens (male hormones) in the body.
- Amenorrhea – the absence of menstrual periods. Primary amenorrhea, which refers to a lack of periods by age 16, affects about 1% of women. Secondary amenorrhea, which refers to the absence of periods for three or more months in a woman who previously had regular menstrual cycles, affects up to 5% of women.
- Dysmenorrhea – the medical term for painful menstrual periods. It is estimated that 45-95% of women experience some form of dysmenorrhea during their reproductive years.
- Menorrhagia – heavy or prolonged menstrual bleeding. It is estimated to affect up to 30% of women.
- Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) – a collection of physical and emotional symptoms that occur in the days leading up to menstruation. It is estimated that up to 85% of women experience at least one symptom of PMS.
It is important to note that many menstrual cycle disorders can be effectively diagnosed and treated with medical interventions, such as hormonal therapy or surgery, depending on the underlying cause.
Cycle disorders are probably the most common problem of any age and are often treated in the wrong way or with over-the-counter medication. This often results in masking the problem and wasting the woman’s reproductive time.
At Life Clinic we primarily focus on the cause and diagnosis of the problem, in order to provide the best possible advice and efficient treatment.