Abnormal Uterine Bleeding: A Doctor Centric Survey on Prevalence, Management and Limitations in Indian Context
Author(s): Arif A Faruqui
Aim: The aim of the study was to determine the prevalence of abnormal uterine bleeding and its various patterns from the gynecologists across the country and the preferred therapy in the management of AUB.
Material and Methods: The survey was conducted amongst 141 gynecologists across the country. Information was collected by filling up a questionnaire that contained information regarding menstrual cycle irregularities, preferred therapy and alternatives which can be preferred over hormonal prescriptions in case of therapy failure. Statistical data analysis was performed with Microsoft excel 2010 and expressed in percentages.
Results: Prevalence of AUB as per this survey is in line with the global data which states that overall prevalence fluctuates in between 10-30%. In this survey, doctors reported 32.72% of females visit their clinic due to AUB. Females of reproductive age group accounted for a major percentage of menstrual irregularities and the most common condition quoted was menorrhagia in 16.06%. Doctors also shared their experience in terms of preferred therapy in the management of AUB and also the percentage of discontinuation/refusal by females for hormonal therapy.
Conclusion: The result of the study concluded that significant number of female have issue of abnormal uterine bleeding and limitations of existing therapy leading to discontinuation/refusal opens the door for exploring still safer options in managing AUB.