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    Period after menopause?
    JuliaNYgirlBS posted:
    Okay, so I just joined because I was searching for info and found you all! So, I am going to gyno next week. How strange is this that after a year and some months (it is bad that i didn't keep good track of actual last period) I started spotting and have a light period????? I was so used to not getting my period! I have been very 'hormonal' feeling, even breasts hurt, some cramping, etc. Ran out for a pregnancy test that i am taking in the a.m.!!!!! Not at my age, PLEASE! So i am getting myself all worked up thinking it is cysts/tumors, etc. Has anyone ever heard of a light period way after menopause? My appt august was supposed to be my yearly where i let them know there was no period for a year and a little more, now I have to deal with this! Any info would be appreciated!
    40Something1960 responded:
    once you have been a year past menopause there is no such thing as a period, it would be considered abnormal vaginal bleeding so it's good you are going to get it checked out. it is not usually anything to worry about, the most common reason is fibroids..... but not ovulation or periods.
    koala_98 responded:
    Hi, I just joined this message board for information too, and got some answers to my questions...thank you! After not having a cycle for almost two years, I just a cycle again out of the blue, and got very nervous thinking something may be wrong with me. I called my doctor, but can't get in to see her for another three weeks when she will take a blood test for estrogen levels. I guess I will go from there. I do feel better after reading this.
    mare1954 responded:
    You can bleed (like a period) after going a year without your period. It happened to me. I had some surgery and sure enough, I had a three day bleed (not heavy) but also had some minor cramping and feeling menstrual for the three days. It went away and the worst thing was that I had given my daughter all my tampons and pads! Luckily I found some tampons that got pushed way back in the cabinet, wheeeewww, I didn't have to buy any! So, yes, even a stressful event could cause this to happen. If it gets heavy or doesn't subside, I would alert your doctor. But I wouldn't get freaked out about it. Good Luck

    pawh777 responded:
    I sent a emal to you earlier but it didnt show up........Im looking for some information to.Im 57 and they told me that I went thru menopause but I still get my period once a y ear.. I went for all the test end of last year and all was good, I just got my period yesterday and its the whole thing, cramping bloating, and the funny thing is my hot flashes went away for a week and a half. the doctor told me I was still producing a little estrogen even though the blood work said I went thru it..... this is strange..I do have fibroids that I was told but this is a definite period,,,,, is this wierd? pat
    JuliaNYgirlBS responded:
    Hi Pat, Glad to hear your previous tests were all good. Are you getting checked regularly because of the bleeding? My doctor said that my blood test shows definite menopause for me. She said absolutely any bleeding needs to be looked at because it is not normal. Did the doctor ever tell you to have the fibroids removed? Could the fibroids be causing these 'period like' symptoms? Well I just began another 'vaginal bleeding' yesterday. That is what it is supposed to be called after menopause. It is exactly like a real period today. It definitely gets me nervous, but i have to wait for my first test on Oct 16th. It is a saline sonogram. I never received your email. don't know why!
    JuliaNYgirlBS responded:
    Thanks for the reply. Couldthe fibroids be acting and feeling just like a period? cramping, etc? I even have some itchiness and burning. Thought I was getting a yeast infection, but got another 'vaginal bleeding' episode again! I have to wait until the 16th of Oct to get something called a 'saline sonogram' and Dr. said from there, maybe a D&C in hospital.
    JuliaNYgirlBS responded:
    Hi! You should call the gyno, go in for a regular sonogram and get a script for the blood work so that the results of both are there for your visit. That is what I did. I hate sitting around. I just called and said I was nervous about it and even saw the nurse practitioner who is super. She had me do the sono right in the office. I know what your are feeling. You are not alone!
    spunkylady123 responded:
    help i dont know how to do thisbut hope fully u can help me i am 54 yrs old havent had a peiod for three yrs ... i have a very high sex drive me and my husband had sex three days ago rough from behind and now im spotting and got cramps what th heck isthat? help spotingafter50
    whatnow53 replied to spunkylady123's response:
    I was told in January to go off the pill because my blood test showed I had gone through menopause. I am 53. I went 5 months with no period then all of a sudden I start spotting and it turns into a light period. I went right to my doctor and he thought nothing was wrong but still did an ultrasound to check. All my past Pap smears have always been normal and I had just had a normal one in December. I had an Extertal and internal ultrasound and both turned up negative. But two weeks later I am spotting again.
    Mary Jane Minkin, MD replied to whatnow53's response:
    Dear whatnow53,
    It sounds like you are not fully menopausal. Indeed, when we have folks come off of birth control pills, and find a high FSH and low estradiol, we are really finding out they are close to menopause-but not necessarily fully menopausal. Have you discussed with your doctor possibly going back on pills for another year or so? As long as you were doing well on them, that might be the easiest thing to do-
    Good luck,
    Mary Jane

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