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Vaginal Bleeding after Post Menopause

vaginal dryness bleedingVaginal bleeding after post menopause is usually caused by the condition atrophic vaginitis, which is a state that makes sexual intercourse painful for women because their vagina is not sufficiently lubricated. Thus, for many women vaginal bleeding after post menopause can be treated and prevented.

Even so, if a woman is experiencing vaginal bleeding after post menopause she should discuss with a medical practitioner her other symptoms in case there is something more serious happening in her body.

Why am I experiencing Vaginal Bleeding after Post Menopause?

There are different reasons that women experience vaginal bleeding after post menopause. Vaginal bleeding after post menopause is a symptom of another problem rather than an illness itself.

Polyps emerging from the cervix
Polyps, which are small growths that appear in the cervix, can cause vaginal bleeding after post menopause. Polyps are usually benign but should be checked a woman's medical practitioner.

Infections
Infections such as chlamydia and cystitis can cause vaginal bleeding after post menopause. Women should have any suspected infections that are causing vaginal bleeding after post menopause checked out by their doctor.

vaginal dryness abnormalChanges to Cells in the Cervix
Changing cells in the cervix can cause vaginal bleeding after post menopause. Only a doctor can diagnose changing cells in the cervix as being a cause of vaginal bleeding after post menopause.

Atrophic Vaginitis
Atrophic vaginitis is the most common cause of vaginal bleeding after post menopause. Post menopausal women experience vaginal dryness due to falling estrogen hormone levels. Subsequently when women have sex they may experience vaginal bleeding after post menopause.

How can Vaginal Dryness after Post Menopause be helped?

Vaginal dryness after post menopause can be helped in different ways, depending on what is causing it.

Polyps
If needed, vaginal polyps can be removed to prevent vaginal bleeding after post menopause. However this is quite an extreme action to take.

Infections
Infections that cause vaginal bleeding after post menopause can often be treated with prescribed medication.

Atrophic Vaginitis
The biggest cause of vaginal bleeding after post menopause is due to vaginal dryness. There are many ways to help vaginal dryness; the easiest way for women to help with vaginal bleeding after post menopause is to invest in lubricants to make sex more comfortable.

However, if women are still concerned about their vaginal bleeding after post menopause they should visit their local medical practitioner. Additionally, a doctor can set a woman's mind at rest about any potential health issues.

Three approaches for treating vaginal bleeding after post menopause:

Three levels of approaches can be considered for treating vaginal bleeding after post menopause:

(1)lifestyle changes, (2)alternative approaches and (3)drugs and surgery. The safest way is to start with the least risky treatment for vaginal bleeding after post menopause and go on to the next level only if it is necessary. Click on treatments for vaginal bleeding after post menopause to find more about these three excellent approaches.

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Sources:
  • Hutchinson, Susan M.D. "The Stages of a Woman's Life: Menstruation, Pregnancy, Nursing, Perimenopause, Menopause." November 2007.
  • Love, Susan M.D. Menopause and Hormone Book. New York: Three Rivers Press, 2003.
  • BMJ Group. "Menopause: What is it?" Patient Leaflet. 2007.