Journal article

The measurement of endometrial perfusion in Norplant users: a pilot study

M Hickey, C Carati, F Manconi, BJ Gannon, D Dwarte, IS Fraser

Human Reproduction | OXFORD UNIV PRESS | Published : 2000


The use of progestogens without oestrogen is commonly associated with irregular menstrual bleeding. Oestrogens and progestogens are both thought to influence endometrial perfusion; changes in endometrial perfusion may contribute to vascular fragility and breakdown. In this study, endometrial perfusion was measured using laser-Doppler fluxmetry in women in the secretory phase of the menstrual cycle before and 4-6 weeks after insertion of the low-dose long-acting levonorgestrel contraceptive implant system, Norplant. Endometrial perfusion was also measured in women exposed to Norplant for up to 19 months. There was no significant difference between endometrial perfusion in control cycles (27.2..

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