If you’ve gone through menopause, yet still experience menstrual bleeding, it’s time to see your doctor, says a UT Southwestern gynecologist.
“Any bleeding — even spotting — after menopause is not normal and should be checked by a gynecologist,” says Debra Richardson, M.D., Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
According to Dr. Richardson, common causes of postmenopausal bleeding include:
- Polyps – Usually noncancerous, these growths can develop in the uterus, on the cervix, or inside the cervical canal.
- Endometrial atrophy – The tissue that lines the uterus can become very thin after menopause.
- Endometrial hyperplasia – Sometimes the lining of the uterus becomes thick, usually due to too much estrogen and too little progesterone.
- Cancer – Bleeding after menopause can be a sign of endometrial or uterine cancer.
Did you know?
Women who are obese are at higher risk of uterine cancer. Women with a family history of uterine cancer are also at increased risk.