Periods After Menopause?
Periods after menopause? Fact or myth?
I understand the apparent mix-up of some women with this question of
menopause and periods especially after reading an online report of some
woman somewhere who reports having had her periods way after menopause.
Just a quick note, facts are never established by some friend or relative’s experience!
this short article, I would want to examine this question to keep you
comfortable with the question of menstruation after menopause.
Is It Possible?
In essence, menstruation after menopause is like taking about having
snow in summer. It is essentially not possible to state in any
scientific way that women should expect to find an unexpected period
after menopause. I have heard of reports online of some women reporting
having their periods after menopause. My advice is never accept the
experience of someone as medical evidence. You do not know the details,
validity and inter-current medical circumstances around their
I have realized two major reasons for this misconception about having periods after menopause.
- Menopause definition. What
most women call menopause is not what doctors say it is. Menopause is
not a period of time but a specific time point after which no menses
occur for the next 12 consecutive months. By the time you are sure that
you have had clinical menopause, 12 months have already gone by and you
are no longer in menopause but post menopause. Periods can occur
irregularly during pre-menopause period but not afterwards.A
little tricky question- why do you think 12 months was chosen? For sure,
it was not an arbitrary choice. Periods are very irregular during the
perimenopause period, and may come after about 6 months amenorrhea. !2
months cut off was chosen because enough time will have been given to
wait for any delay menses and even some extra time for some women.
Indeed after 12 months, it is almost certain the ovaries are menopausal.
However, it is true that there may be some very rare cases of some
women who might not fall within the normal 12 month period and may have a
trailing period. This argument may be logical but will require sound
medical proof of such cases actually occurring in some women.
- Periods. Periods
or menses are not just vaginal bleeding. I have often hard to really
spend a hard time drilling this down some women. Periods are a specific
form of normal uterine bleeding resulting from well-documented interplay
of hormones. Most importantly, not every brief uterine bleeding for
abut 3 to 5 days is menses. The fact that a woman had a 5-day episode
of vaginal bleeding after menopause does not warrant her to say she had a
period.This is why some practitioners use the term “period-like” bleeding because it really does look like periods.
The Danger In This
This is what you should know, that no bleeding after menopause, that is
at least 12 months after your last menses is normal. Do not stay at
home with the belief that the post menopause bleeding was a period. Even
if it was a period, let medical evaluation exclude underlying causes.
Some of the causes of bleeding after menopause may actually present with intermittent bleeding which a woman may consider periods and delay proper diagnosis and treatment.