If you’re bleeding heavy and you know you’re also going through menopause, don’t delay in seeing a doctor.
I asked Dr. Gino Tutera, an OB/GYN and specialist in bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, if heavy bleeding was normal during menopause. I found this question in a woman’s health forum and it had a lot of views.
“No,” says Dr. Tutera. “But this is the answer if the woman is fully into menopause as evidenced by laboratory testing or having no menses for a full year.”
Heavy Bleeding During Menopause
If you’re bleeding from your cycle, then this contradicts going through menopause, as by definition, menopause is the end of menstruation. So if you’re going through menopause but experiencing heavy bleeding—the cause is certainly not your cycle—and you’d better get this checked out.
But are you sure you’re going through menopause in the first place?
A woman, close to the beginning of menopause, may go several months without a period. Then she starts bleeding heavily—another period. However, if the bleeding doesn’t resemble menstruation, maybe you are in menopause. As mentioned, lab testing (blood test) can show if a woman is in menopause.
“During the transition into full menopause it is very common to have significant variations in the timing of periods and amount of bleeding,” says Dr. Tutera. “The ovaries are just not functioning consistently from day to day.”
What could heavy bleeding during menopause be caused by?
First off, it would have nothing to do with “the change.” Causes include: benign uterine or cervical polyps, endometrial thinning, endometrial thickening, uterine cancer, vaginal cancer, and uterine or cervical infection. This list of causes, including the cancers, is not complete.