Journal article

Superficial endometrial vascular fragility in Norplant users and in women with ovulatory dysfunctional uterine bleeding

M Hickey, D Dwarte, IS Fraser

Human Reproduction | OXFORD UNIV PRESS | Published : 2000


The aim of this study was to develop an objective test for superficial endometrial vascular fragility at hysteroscopy, and to apply this test to women using Norplant((R)) for contraception and to women with ovulatory dysfunctional uterine bleeding (DUB). A prospective observational study was carried out in 34 Norplant users and 20 women with menorrhagia due to ovulatory DUB. Superficial endometrial vascular fragility was assessed at hysteroscopy by observing the source and extent of frank and subepithelial bleeding during controlled collapse and redistension of the uterine cavity. Superficial endometrial blood vessels were more fragile in Norplant users compared to women with DUB (chi(2) = 1..

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