Is it normal to have a Period during (and after) Menopause?
What is Menopause?
- Pre-menopause will begin with irregular periods and may last several years.
- Menopause is defined by the end of your menstrual cycles, more specifically diagnosed after you've gone 12 consecutive months without a period. It can happen in your 40s or 50s, the average age being 51 in North America.
- Women will experience mood swings, hot flashes & vaginal dryness, while some women will be asymptomatic.
- Many have bloody discharge, resembling a period.
What to do if you are in full menopause and experience bleeding?
- Track these occurrences (dates & flow) using a calendar or app (there are great ones out there!);
- Speak to your doctor;
- Take a blood test;
- Do an ultra-sound.
Possible causes of bleeding during menopause
(Always consult with your doctor)
- Hormonal imbalance;
- atrophy (narrowing) of the vaginal lining. This can make intercourse painful and cause bleeding;
- uterine fibroids, which are benign tumors;
- endometrial polyps, which are usually non-cancerous growths
- inflammation of the cervix;
- Ovarian cyst;
- In more severe cases, it may be linked to a cancer of the uterus.
Determining the cause is crucial, as treatments will vary. Your body is sending you a sign, it’s important to listen. Do not fear Menopause, rather embrace this phase in your life. It can be wonderful! Often, a simple fix, such as Hormone replacement will do the trick!