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What should I know about post-menopausal bleeding?

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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 at all -- even if it’s only spotting -- you should see a doctor. They’ll want to rule out serious causes, like cancer.

SOURCES:

Ming Tsai, MD, associate professor, obstetrics and gynecology, NYU School of Medicine; chief of service, obstetrics and gynecology, NYU Lutheran, New York City.

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “Endometrial Biopsy,” “Endometrial Cancer,” “Endometrial Hyperplasia,” “Hysterectomy,” “Perimenopausal Bleeding and Bleeding After Menopause,” “Sonohysterography.”

Mayo Clinic: “Bleeding After Menopause: Is It Normal?” “Dilation and curettage (D&C),” “Diseases and Conditions: Menopause,” “Vaginal Atrophy.”

Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health: “Abnormal Uterine Bleeding.”

Cleveland Clinic: “What is Hysteroscopy?”

Obstetrics & Gynecology: “Management of Endometrial Precancers.”

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on January 16, 2020

SOURCES:

Ming Tsai, MD, associate professor, obstetrics and gynecology, NYU School of Medicine; chief of service, obstetrics and gynecology, NYU Lutheran, New York City.

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “Endometrial Biopsy,” “Endometrial Cancer,” “Endometrial Hyperplasia,” “Hysterectomy,” “Perimenopausal Bleeding and Bleeding After Menopause,” “Sonohysterography.”

Mayo Clinic: “Bleeding After Menopause: Is It Normal?” “Dilation and curettage (D&C),” “Diseases and Conditions: Menopause,” “Vaginal Atrophy.”

Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health: “Abnormal Uterine Bleeding.”

Cleveland Clinic: “What is Hysteroscopy?”

Obstetrics & Gynecology: “Management of Endometrial Precancers.”

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on January 16, 2020

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