New Book Looks at Menstrual Disorders in Primary Care

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May 25 2006 - 8:52am

Menstrual Disorders

Many menstrual irregularities can be traced to medical problems that, if left unresolved, can profoundly affect women's health. Moreover, many menstrual disorders can and should be managed by primary care physicians. To help internists and other primary care providers treat the medical causes and implications of menstrual disorders, ACP this spring released the latest title in its acclaimed Women's Health book series, "Menstrual Disorders."

The book provides a detailed discussion of the range of menstrual disorders that patients may experience from menarche through menopause and the relationship between menstrual disorders and other medical illnesses.

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"It is the first book on menstrual disorders that my co-editors and I are aware of that blends the fields of gynecology, adolescent medicine, internal medicine and other medical subspecialties into one comprehensive, integrated volume," said Deborah B. Ehrenthal, MD, FACP, assistant residency program director for the obstetrics and gynecology program at Christiana Care Health System in Wilmington, Del.

"Menstrual Disorders" covers menstrual, contraceptive and reproductive issues for women with chronic medical problems. These issues affect a growing number of patients being cared for by internists.

The book includes chapters on caring for women with polycystic ovary syndrome and on the complex menstrual and contraceptive management of women with disabilities. One chapter guides clinicians through the evaluation and management of bleeding disorders, including von Willebrand's Disease. The book also provides an overview of procedures used in managing abnormal uterine bleeding, with old and new treatment modalities including endometrial ablation and uterine artery embolization.

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