Written by Dr.M.D.Mazumdar, MD
Scanty menstrual periods are periods in which the duration of blood flow is less than two days or the amount of blood flow is less than 80ml.
Most women though, use the term to mainly mean a decreased blood flow, even if the duration of the periods are more than 2 days. So here, the term 'scanty periods' has been used to describe both periods with a decreased blood flow, as well as periods with a duration of less than two days.
The medical term for less blood flow during periods is 'hypomenorrhoea'. And when periods occur at more than a gap of 35 days, it is called 'oligomenorrhea'. A gap of less than 35 days between two menstrual periods is considered normal.
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Treatment is as per the cause of the scanty periods. A full and thorough history of previous menstrual cycles should be taken to diagnose constitutional causes. Hormonal problems can usually be treated by prescribing hormones. If all reports are normal, assurance and a description of the process is all that is necessary.
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