As if the transition through menopause wasn’t difficult enough, women, after menopause, commonly find they are victim to Mother Nature’s continue wrath of mystery. In what is commonly termed as post-menopausal bleeding, women who have gone through the period of menopause are often quite surprised to experience continued bleeding at a time when they expected this stage of their life to have passed.
As most women know, menopause marks the time in which a variety of changes occur in the female body. Most notably, the period of menopause marks the end to menstrual cycles. For some women, the cessation of menstrual cycles is suddenly met with the periodic post-menopausal bleeding. To be defined as such, a menopausal woman must experience a complete cessation of menstrual bleeding for six months and then experience a sudden onset of bleeding after this period of cessation. This should not be confused with irregular menstrual cycles or irregular cycles, known as oligomenorrhea.
For women who experience post-menopausal bleeding, there should be some concern with regard to gynecological health. While irregular menstrual cycles are a normal part of aging, it is the woman who experiences a complete cessation of periods for six follows, followed by an onset of bleeding, who should be concerned about the condition as a complication.
Most often, women who experience post menopausal bleeding are experiencing a bleeding complication from any part of the reproductive area. Since this bleed is not a normal sloughing of the uterine lining, post-menopausal women should seek the advice of a gynecologist to rule out other complicating health conditions such as endometrial cancer, endometrial polyps, cervical cancer and even a tumor. In rare cases, the bleeding may, in fact, be related to a uterine lining sloughing process which may be indicative of a complication involving hormone irregularities, thus requiring HRT, hormone replacement therapy.
Treating post-menopausal bleeding will be based upon the underlying cause and origin of the reproductive bleeding. For many women, the use of hormone replacement therapy often resolves the condition. However, when the post-menopausal bleeding is attributed to a more complex condition, such as cancer or tumors, more advanced forms of treatment are indicated.
As with any gynecological condition following menopause, the key to your optimal health with aging lies in the early diagnosis and intervention of the complication. While post-menopausal bleeding is not preventable it can be, in many cases, treated once the underlying condition is identified. The important issue to remember is that any bleeding, after menopause in which a total cessation of menstrual cycles has occurred for six months, should be examined by a healthcare professional.