Don't Ignore This Postmenopause Warning Sign

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.