Read this article to learn more about postmenopausal bleeding.
Is postmenopausal bleeding a reason to worry?
Menopause is the phase of your life when you’re over the age of 45 and haven’t had a period for a year. It can be a little scary if you’ve gotten used to not having your period and are unexpectedly bleeding after menopause. However, not all causes of postmenopausal bleeding are serious.
No matter what, make sure to talk to your doctor about your postmenopausal bleeding. Regardless of what’s causing your symptoms, you’ll need to go in for a checkup to get a definitive diagnosis.
Perimenopausal bleeding or spotting
Perimenopause is the period that leads to menopause. It’s usually characterized by menopausal symptoms and irregular periods. Perimenopause can last up to 10 years. During perimenopause, it’s normal to experience heavier periods or irregular spotting due to hormonal changes.
Talk to your doctor if your perimenopausal bleeding:
- lasts longer or is heavier than expected
- occurs more often than normal (three weeks or less between periods)
- occurs after intercourse