Committee on Menstrual Disorders and Related Health Impacts
The Committee on Menstrual Disorders and Related Health Impacts focuses on the set of symptoms described as non-gestational abnormal uterine bleeding (AUB), including heavy menstrual bleeding (HMB). It looks at the various causes of AUB and their related health impacts, such as iron deficiency (ID) and ID anaemia (IDA), which affect at least 30% of women worldwide.
An increased global awareness of ID and IDA is required, as it is associated with major health impacts, not only in non-pregnant women of reproductive age, but in pregnancy and for newborns who may suffer long-term adverse effects as a consequence of maternal ID.
The committee is in charge of maintaining, revising and developing systems to aid in the identification and characterisation of women with these symptoms, including sub-classification systems for the spectrum of causes of AUB. These systems aim to support clinicians and researchers in their work.
Abnormal uterine bleeding (AUB) in general, and heavy menstrual bleeding (HMB) in particular, are major contributors to iron deficiency (ID) and iron deficiency anaemia (IDA), as well as related health impacts for non-pregnant women. These relationships are under-recognised and under-reported in part due to symptoms being normalised. Although symptoms may not be life threatening, they are frequently life altering.
Education and clinical care will be facilitated by adoption of the two FIGO systems concerning AUB worldwide. In the months ahead, we plan to work cross-discipline to raise local, national and global awareness about HMB and risk for ID and IDA.
– Professor Hilary Critchley, Committee Chair
Professor Hilary Critchley, UK
Professor Malcolm Munro, USA – Past Chair
Dr Jennifer Blake, Canada – Ex Officio
Dr Ilza Monteiro, Brazil
Dr Ally Murji, Canada
Dr Rahel Demissew, Ethiopia
Professor Yutaka Osuga, Japan
Professor SiHyun Cho, Korea
Dr Essam Othman, Egypt
Dr Francisco Ruiloba, Mexico – WATOG
Professor Jason Abbott, Australia
Professor Kristen Matteson, USA
Dr Sarah Maheux-Lacroix, Canada