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Is it normal to have bleeding after menopause?

19 February 2018

Dr Farida Bano, Consultant Gynaecologist at Spire Roding Hospital, talks about post menopause bleeding and the causes.

Is it normal to have bleeding after menopause? (Postmenopausal bleeding)

If you’ve gone through menopause, you shouldn’t have any menstrual bleeding. Menopause means you haven’t had a period in at least one year. If you have any bleeding, even if it’s only spotting you should see a doctor to rule out serious causes, like cancer.

Postmenopausal vaginal bleeding can be causes

The cause of your bleeding may be entirely harmless. However, postmenopausal bleeding could result from something serious, so it's important to see your doctor promptly.
Possible causes include:
  • Cancer of the uterus, cervix or vagina
  • Thinning of the tissues lining the uterus (endometrial atrophy) or vagina (vaginal atrophy)
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Uterine polyps (growths in the cervix or uterus which are usually not cancerous)
  • Infection of the uterine lining (endometritis)
  • Medications such as hormone therapy and tamoxifen
  • Pelvic trauma
  • Bleeding from the urinary tract or rectum
  • Endometrial hyperplasia ((thickening of the uterine lining)
Dr Farida Bano’s private clinic times at the Spire Roding Hospital are:
  • Tuesday AM
  • Wednesday PM
  • Alternative Friday AM
  • Alternative Saturday PM
To see Dr Farida Bano, please call our friendly private patient team on 020 8709 7817 or enquire here.

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