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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.
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Symptoms:

  • Women will experience mood swings, hot flashes & vaginal dryness, while some women will be asymptomatic.
  • Many have bloody discharge, resembling a period.
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     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.

     

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    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.

     

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    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!

     

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