Why Hasn’t It Stopped?
Women who have been through the life change of menopause, generally between the ages of 45 and 50, have ceased menstruating and should no longer be experiencing vaginal bleeding, so if bleeding occurs after a year of being post-menopausal, it’s not something that should be taken lightly. Most often, bleeding after menopause could be considered harmless, but there are certainly cases directly related to more serious medical issues, so it’s extremely important to raise the topic with a urogynecologist or other medical specialist who can investigate the cause and take necessary action.
Some of the most common causes for bleeding after menopause include:
• Cancer, including those types occurring in the vagina, cervix, and uterus
• Fibroid uterus
• Endometrial polyps
• Endometrial or vaginal atrophy
• Polyps in the cervix
• Inflamed or infected endometrial tissue
• Hormone replacement therapies
• Pelvic trauma or a bleeding disorder unrelated to gynecological health
• Urinary tract or rectal bleeding
Issuing a Cease Order
To determine the actual cause of bleeding after menopause, a physician will need to conduct examinations into your physical health and medical history and often perform a transvaginal ultrasound; an endometrial biopsy to remove a sample of the uterine lining for testing; or a hysteroscopy, which will actually allow him to see into the uterus.
Naturally, the cause will ultimately determine the most effective method of treatment. Most often, bleeding after menopause can be managed or eliminated by:
• Removing any existing polyps in the cervix or uterus
• Medications to thicken the atrophied vaginal tissue or endometrial lining
• Removal of cancerous pelvic organs or cancer-suppressing therapies including radiation, chemotherapy, or hormone therapy
Keep the Information Flowing
Despite the fact that gynecological issues of any kind may be difficult to discuss, it’s important to your health to recognize the problem and seek out an answer. Only then will you find real relief and be able to move on to a healthier life and look forward to the many years ahead.
Don’t let health concerns bleed into your chances of a happy life! Consult with the caring team at Coyle Institute today!