Enjoy Your Menopause!

January 10, 2009

Bleeding During Menopause

One of the clear signs that you’re in full blown menopause is when your periods stop.  That’s what the doctor tells us, right?  Well that may not be necessarily so.  True, your menstruation cycle does stop, however, bleeding may not. 

 

According to my gynecologist, Dr. Katrina Avery (who is not only my doctor but also my friend) there are other reasons you may experience bleeding. 

 

 

As you enter menopause, the decline in your body’s estrogen levels can cause tissues lining the vagina to become thin, dry, and less elastic. Sometimes this lining can become broken or easily inflamed and bleed. It can also become injured during sex or even during a pelvic exam.

 

Once you’ve reached menopause, though, you should report any bleeding that you have to your HCP. Uterine bleeding after menopause could be a sign of other health problems. Other things that can cause abnormal bleeding include:

  • fibroids
  • the use of birth control pills
  • a hormonal imbalance
  • non-cancerous growths in the lining of the uterus

It’s your body and your health so don’t hesitate to take care of it and enjoy your menopause!

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6 Comments »

  1. Thanks, Beverly, for that information. I’ve been in full-blown menopause for years and, thankfully, haven’t had any bleeding. But, if I did, I now know that it’s worth a trip to the doctor to check out. Also, I won’t freak out because there could be a number of causes that are easily resolved.

    Comment by Eileen Williams — January 10, 2009 @ 4:52 pm | Reply

  2. Excellent health heads-up, Beverly! It’s important to know when bleeding is “normal” and when it might spell trouble. Before my complete hysterectomy at 45, I had been spotting in-between periods for years. Despite having some great gynecologists, not one of them picked up on it as a possible symptom of endometriosis. I have a high pain threshold and had done acupuncture for years to ease uncomfortable periods. These facts masked some of the typical symptoms of the disease. I share this to echo your good advice that we should follow through until we get an answer when we bleed at a time that isn’t typical. A severe infection process was the reason for the hysterectomy, but my life would have been much easier if my endometriosis had been diagnosed and treated. It was taking a lot out of me without my realizing it and it complicated my surgery and recovery. Thanks for providing a forum for sharing experience on these important health issues.

    Comment by Joyce Mason — January 10, 2009 @ 4:53 pm | Reply

  3. I bled for a full year! The chief of neurology at Duke took me off the hormone patch (estrogen I didn’t need), and I haven’t bled a drop since. I surely don’t miss either!

    Comment by Archer Pam — January 10, 2009 @ 7:07 pm | Reply

  4. thank you for this post Beverly. I have not hit menopause but I do like to be informed.

    Thanks

    Iyabo

    Comment by Iyabo — January 11, 2009 @ 2:13 am | Reply

  5. Thanks for this great post Im pretty sure that many people are searching informative post like yours .

    Comment by Stop Fibroids — May 19, 2009 @ 3:24 pm | Reply

  6. The reason I am searching on the internet for answers to bleeding in menopause is due to the fact that I was laid off in January 2008 and have no health insurance.
    I considered myself to be in menopause at 56 (I am now 57) years old. I was a late bloomer and did not have periods until I was an upperclassman in high school, so I did not think it was odd to enter menopause at an older age than some of my friends.
    I am currently working part-time jobs, so no health coverage. I do not qualify for a lot of the programs out there — because I am working!!! Because I am not in any programs for the unemployed, welfare, disability or indigent care – I don’t know where to turn for help.

    Comment by Mary Louise White — May 21, 2009 @ 7:10 pm | Reply


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