retrograde menstruation


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ret·ro·grade men·stru·a·tion

a flow of menstrual blood back through the fallopian tubes; it sometimes carries with it endometrial cells; may be one of the causes of endometriosis.

retrograde menstruation

a backflow of menstrual discharge through the uterine cavity and fallopian tubes into the peritoneal cavity. Fragments of endometrium may attach to the ovaries or other organs, causing endometriosis. Also called regurgitant menstruation.

ret·ro·grade men·stru·a·tion

(ret'rō-grād men'strū-ā'shŭn)
A flow of menstrual blood back through the uterine tubes; it sometimes carries with it endometrial cells.

Retrograde menstruation

Menstrual flow that travels into the body cavity rather than being expelled through the uterus.
Mentioned in: Endometriosis
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Although the etiology is not known, it has been hypothesised that it may arise as a response to subclinical primary viral peritonitis, gynecological infections, or retrograde menstruation (3).
While the transplantation of endometrial tissue into the pelvic peritoneum via retrograde menstruation is considered as one of the most widely accepted explanation for the pathogenesis of the disease, this physiological process does not lead to the onset of the disease in the majority of cases.
Retrograde menstruation: One theory is that most women get some form of retrograde menstruation - when, during a period, some of the endometrium (womb lining) flows backwards, out through the Fallopian tubes and into the abdomen - but they are able to clear this tissue.

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