Scanty Menstruation

Scanty menstruation, otherwise known as Hypomenorrhea, is a condition in which a woman suffers from very scanty discharge during her menstrual periods. The duration of the menstrual period may also become shortened as a consequence of this problem. Women suffering from this problem also commonly experience vaginal spotting during their periods. Hypomenorrhea is the reverse of the more common problem of excessive menstrual discharge faced by many women. In some women, the problem may be hereditary and it may be found upon investigation that other female members of their family, like mother and sister(s) also have a history of hypomenorrhea. It is also possible that the problem lies in the constitution of the endometrial vascular tissues. In a few cases, the problem results from the fact that the area of the surface within the reproductive tract from which bleeding takes place during the menstrual period is itself restricted. This could be the consequence of a previous surgery conducted on the uterus or any other reproductive organ. However, if there is some irregularity in the hormonal activities in the ovaries, chances are that the person would experience irregular periods rather than scanty flow of blood during the periods. Women nearing menopause are more susceptible to hypomennorahea than their younger counterparts. This is because the female reproductive tract begins to produce a thinner lining of cells and blood during the menstrual cycle as the body grows older, resulting in decreased menstrual flow during periods. The production of hormones also becomes erratic at this stage, causing ovulation to become irregular and leading to scanty flow during the menstrual period. Hormonal imbalances caused by an excessive production of androgens in the body, an underactive thyroid gland, prolonged and regular consumption of contractive pills may also cause the endometrial muscles to gradually become inactive and may lead to scanty menstrual flow

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