Post Menopause Bleeding: What Does It Mean?

by Laura Ramirez on January 28, 2011

Post menopause bleeding is a more common occurrence than you might think. Many women experience some spotting or bleeding, often as much as two years after menopause ends. There can be several reasons for this bleeding, some more serious than others, so it is always recommended that if you do have bleeding a year or more after menopause ends, you should consult your doctor immediately.

The only way to be completely sure of the cause of vaginal bleeding after menopause is by having a thorough exam and testing of the uterine tissue. In this way, your doctor can determine if the bleeding is the natural result of the changes in your hormone levels or a symptom of something more serious, such as uterine cancer.

While post menopause bleeding can be a cause for concern, the worst thing you can do is avoid going to the doctor because you are frightened of what you might find out. Even in the case of uterine cancer and other disorders of the uterus, while a diagnosis might be scary, they are also easily treated, but only if they are detected early enough. This is why going to the doctor and getting a proper diagnosis is so crucial.

If there is a serious underlying issue, your doctor can recommend a course of treatment. In most cases, however, vaginal bleeding after menopause is caused by much less threatening issues and can be dealt with without extensive treatment. There are a number of things which can cause vaginal bleeding, including changes in hormones, improper nutrition, loss of weight and emotional stress.

As hormone levels change during menopause, they cause the tissue in the uterus to change as well. In cases where estrogen replacement is used, post menopause bleeding can be the result of a buildup of tissue, while women who opt against hormone replacement may experience an atrophy of the vaginal tissue. In both cases, the uterus will eventually shed the unneeded tissue, leading to bleeding.

Nutrition can also have a direct effect on post menopausal health. Because nutrients can play a part in the body’s ability to maintain balanced hormone levels, a lack of proper nutrients can lead to changes in uterine tissue which in turn result in vaginal bleeding after menopause. Eating a well balanced diet, rich in the proper nutrients, can make a profound difference when it comes to minimizing post menopausal symptoms such as bleeding.

Significant weight loss can also play a big part in post menopause bleeding. As body fat is reduced, the estrogen stored in that fat is returned to the bloodstream, thereby effecting hormone levels. Stress can also cause shifts in hormone levels which can result in bleeding post menopause. Anything which causes emotional upheaval, good or bad, could trigger bleeding as a natural response.

For women who experience bleeding after menopause the good news is that you are not alone. And in most cases, your symptoms can be easily treated. The key is getting a proper diagnosis as quickly as possible. So never take bleeding after menopause lightly and never just assume that it will go away on its own. Your body is sending you a sign and it is up to you to take action so that you stay as healthy as possible through the transition and beyond.

Copyright © 2011 by Laura Ramirez. All Rights Reserved.

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