Postmenopausal Bleeding

Postmenopausal Bleeding

Postmenopausal bleeding is any bleeding that happens after menopause. Menopause is when a woman’s period stops. Any type of bleeding after menopause should be checked by your doctor. Treatment will depend on the cause.

Follow these instructions at home:

  • Pay attention to any changes in your symptoms.
  • Avoid using tampons and douches as told by your doctor.
  • Change your pads regularly.
  • Get regular pelvic exams and Pap tests.
  • Take iron pills as told by your doctor.
  • Take over-the-counter and prescription medicines only as told by your doctor.
  • Keep all follow-up visits as told by your doctor. This is important.

Contact a doctor if:

  • Your bleeding lasts for more than 1 week.
  • You have belly (abdominal) pain.
  • You have bleeding during or after sex (intercourse).
  • You have bleeding that happens more often than every 3 weeks.

Get help right away if:

  • You have a fever, chills, a headache, dizziness, muscle aches, and bleeding.
  • You have strong pain with bleeding.
  • You have clumps of blood (blood clots) coming from your vagina.
  • You have a lot of bleeding and:
    • You need more than 1 pad an hour.
    • This has never happened before.
  • You feel like you are going to pass out (faint).

Summary

  • Any type of bleeding after menopause should be checked by your doctor.
  • Pay attention to any changes in your symptoms.
  • Keep all follow-up visits as told by your doctor.
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