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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These patients may be protected from retrograde menstruation and subsequent development of pelvic endometriosis and infertility, since the hemivagina is partially decompressed via the defect.
The most widely accepted cause of endometriosis is retrograde menstruation.
Angiogenesis is known to play a key role in the implantation and growth of the endometrial tissue displaced by retrograde menstruation (6, 7).
Estimates are about 10 percent of reproductive-age women suffer from the disorder, which often is caused by retrograde menstruation.
Rather than metaplasia of the surface epithelium, endometrioid and clear cell tumors may result from retrograde menstruation, with the fallopian tube acting as a conduit for cells to gain access to the peritoneal cavity and the ovarian surface.
Some believe it's the result of retrograde menstruation, where blood from the uterus travels down the fallopian tubes rather than out through the vagina.

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