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!