Conference Proceedings

The structure of endometrial microvessels

M Hickey, IS Fraser

HUMAN REPRODUCTION | OXFORD UNIV PRESS | Published : 2000

Abstract

Recent studies have provided substantial evidence to highlight abnormalities in the structure of endometrial microvessels in users of progestogen-only contraception. Structural changes alone are unlikely to lead to breakthrough bleeding, but appear to be associated with a reduction in vessel integrity, and may reflect alterations in the control and growth of endometrial microvessels in those exposed to exogenous progestogens. In users of low-dose progestogens, immunohistochemical studies have demonstrated changes in superficial endometrial vascular morphology, density and in endometrial migratory cell populations. In Norplant users the endometrial endothelial basal lamina is deficient in the..

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