Vaginal bleeding after menopause, also called spotting after menopause or post menopause bleeding or simply menopause bleeding, is never normal.
Neither is it always caused by cancer. The bottom-line is that whenever there is menopause bleeding, a thorough medical evaluation is required to make sure serious causes are identified early and treated. Some causes however are almost entire harmless.
The most common worry I have encountered with women in the office with menopause and bleeding is the fear of cancer. On the other extreme, some women were almost unconcerned and seemed to have taken it as a normal menopause occurrence. In this article, I will present some of the relevant information which you need to know about menopause bleeding including common causes and what to do.
It is very important to understand what is called bleeding after menopause or post menopausal bleeding. Menopause is often mistaken for post menopause. Menopause is the time after which no menses occur for the next 12 consecutive months. After menopause, the years following are in the post menopause period. Perimenopause symptoms often precede menopause. If you are unsure about the definition of menopause and perimenopause, please read What is menopause?"
Irregular and heavy bleeding may be common during the years of perimenopause and this is entirely normal except there is an underlying medical condition. However, once menopause sets in, you should not have any more bleeding, including periods! In fact I have often been asked the about periods after menopause!
There are multiple causes of menopause bleeding and while some are benign and easily treated, others are more serious and must be excluded. These causes can also produce spotting after menopause( mild bleeding appearing as little stain on the panties).
Common causes of bleeding after menopause include
Once you notice bleeding after menopause, please see your doctor for a thorough check up, even if the results turn out that it is just thinning of your endometrium. At least more serious causes must have been ruled out.
A history and physical examination will be the first steps by your provider. Additional tests may include
As expected, treatment is determined by the cause of the bleeding. This may include progesterone derivative hormones for endometrial hyperplasia, or surgery to remove polyps or cancers.Whatever the case, there is no home treatment for bleeding after menopause and you will have to discuss what options are best for your specific case with your doctor.From Bleeding After Menopause To Menstruation Home blog comments powered by Disqus