Heavy Menstrual Bleeding and Clinical Care Standard
Dr Lim was asked to be apart of an information pack to give to GPs around the clinical care standard for Heavy Menstrual Bleeding.
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Heavy menstrual bleeding is a common problem affecting 25% of women of reproductive age. It has been defined as ‘excessive menstrual blood loss which interferes with the woman’s physical, emotional, social and material quality of life, and which can occur alone or in combination with other symptoms’.
The range of management options for heavy menstrual bleeding has expanded and improved since the 1970s and 1980s, when rates of hysterectomy for menstrual disorders were first observed to be relatively high. Although hysterectomy remains an option, it is not generally recommended for first-line management unless less invasive options are unsatisfactory or are inappropriate.
The development of a Clinical Care Standard on heavy menstrual bleeding was a recommendation of the first Australian Atlas of Healthcare Variation.
The goal of the Heavy Menstrual Bleeding Clinical Care Standard is to ensure that women with heavy menstrual bleeding are offered the least invasive and most effective treatment appropriate to their clinical needs, and have the opportunity to make an informed choice from the range of treatments suitable to their individual situation.
BMedSci, MBBS (Hons), DCH, FRACGP
Dr Karina Lim graduated from the University of Sydney with Honours and gained her Fellowship with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP) in 2008. After working in a small family practice on the Central Coast for 10 years, she moved to Sydney to be closer to family.
Dr Lim obtained a Diploma in Child Health in 2006, and has a special interest in Family Medicine, Child Health, and Women’s Health. She is certified in Implanon insertion/removal, IUD insertion/removal, and provides Antenatal Shared Care.
Dr Lim is dedicated to shaping the next generation of GPs and is involved in the selection of junior doctors into the GP training program, teaching and examining GP registrars, and improving the quality of primary healthcare as a practice accreditation surveyor.
When Dr Lim is not working, she is either running after her 3 children, rockclimbing or writing for her blog Stethoscopes & Little Folks.
Do you have heavy menstrual bleeding? Ask Dr Lim. Dr Lim was asked to be apart of an information pack to give to GPs around the clinical care standard for Heavy Menstrual Bleeding and is the perfect person for you to talk to.