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Can menopause cause heavy vaginal bleeding?

No. By definition menopause is the complete cessation of menstrual bleeding for 12 consecutive months. This often occurs in women between 45-50 years of age, although a number of women go well in to their fifties before going in to menopause. Women over 40 years of age who are still menstruating (i.e. perimenopausal) can get an increase in bleeding severity due to a "final squeeze of estrogen" as the body prepares itself for approaching menopause. In women with fibroids, this can stimulate fibroid growth and make a previously asymptomatic woman become symptomatic, or worsen a woman's symptoms requiring treatment.

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