Written by Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Specialist: Gabriella Sanchez - January 04, 2023
When a postmenopausal woman finds out she is bleeding, it can be a shock. The years after menopause are generally thought of as a time of freedom from menstruation, but for some women this isn't always the case. Understanding what could be causing postmenopausal bleeding is important to ensure proper treatment and peace of mind.
Postmenopausal bleeding (PMB) is any bleeding that occurs after a woman has gone 12 consecutive months without a period. It usually presents with light spotting or vaginal discharge and can last anywhere between 2-3 days up to around two weeks. While PMB doesn’t always indicate an underlying condition, it should not be ignored, particularly in cases where it continues for several weeks or reoccurs over time.
In some cases, PMB can be caused by hormone replacement therapy (HRT). When HRT is used to treat symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes, night sweats, etc., the hormones involved can cause slight uterine thinning leading to unexpected bleeding. Other possible causes of PMB include endometrial polyps (small growths inside the uterus), endometrial cancer and fibroid tumors in the uterus or cervix. PMB may also occur due to certain medications such as anticoagulants or proton pump inhibitors; changes in lifestyle; trauma due to sexual intercourse; or excessive douching or usage of certain types of contraception like IUDs.
If you experience any type of postmenopausal bleeding, it is important to seek medical care right away in order to rule out more serious conditions such as endometrial cancer or fibroids as soon as possible. Your doctor will perform a physical exam and pelvic ultrasound scan before suggesting further tests like an endometrial biopsy to get conclusive diagnosis. Depending on the cause and severity of your condition, treatment options can range from lifestyle modifications like reducing stress levels, dietary changes and avoiding certain medications; hormone replacement therapy; medications for treating endometrial polyps; surgical procedures such as hysterectomy for removing fibroids; or radiation therapy for cancerous tumours if necessary.
At BHRT Pro Center we understand how difficult managing symptoms of menopause can be and provide complete personalized care tailored specifically for your needs. We offer advanced treatments options including hormone replacement therapy (HRT) through bio-identical hormones sulpahtes that act just like your own hormones which helps in relieving symptoms associated with menopause while keeping risks associated with HRT at bay. Our knowledgeable staff provides kind and professional attention throughout the entire process so our patients feel heard and supported every step of the way during their journey towards complete health management during this transition phase!
Postmeneapusal bleeding may seem scary but with early diagnosis and correct treatment options available it can be managed well under expert guidance to help relieve symptoms during this phase while maintaining optimal health throughout life! At BHRT Pro Center we prioritize patient safety first with evidence based healthcare solutions that meet individual needs so you too can trust us for reliable support during this time!