Is anything wrong if I have vaginal bleeding after menopause?

Angela T. Valle, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
Vaginal bleeding after menopause could be a red flag for several conditions, from benign (noncancerous) causes to, at worst, endometrial (uterine) cancer. Menopause, technically, is the cessation of periods for a year. Once that happens, you should never have bleeding again. If you do, you should see your gynecologist to be evaluated and treated.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Vaginal bleeding after menopause may be a sign of a serious disease, such as cancer of the uterus, and should be checked by a doctor. Watch Dr. Oz talk about uterine cancer.

You should tell your doctor about any vaginal bleeding that is not part of menstruation. Abnormal vaginal bleeding can be a symptom of uterine cancer. Uterine cancer is especially common in women who have gone through menopause, so if you notice vaginal bleeding and no longer menstruate, tell your doctor immediately. If you catch uterine cancer early, the recovery rate is high.

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Endometrial (Uterine) Cancer

Starting in the lining of a womans uterus, endometrial cancer is caused when your body has a hormonal imbalance.When you have too much of the hormone estrogen relative to the hormone progesterone, the lining of the uterus grows to...

o thick and allows tumors to grow. The hormonal imbalance may be caused by using estrogen to treat menopause or by having ovarian tumors that produce estrogen. Obesity also increases your risk; fat cells make extra estrogen that isnt balanced out with more progesterone. Hormonal birth control can reduce your risk of endometrial cancer, although keep in mind it has risks of its own. Studies show you can remain protected from this cancer for up to 10 years after you stop taking hormonal birth control. Call your doctor if you have vaginal bleeding or unexplained weight loss. When found early, endometrial cancer is very treatable. Aggressive treatments may include removal of parts of the female reproductive system, including the uterus and ovaries.

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