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Bleeding and cramping 3 1/2 years into menopause
duchessmom posted:
Hi. I've been in menopause for 3 1/2 years -- very unremarkable, I was even (knock wood) spared hot flashes! I'm not taking any meds. Two days ago, I started vaginal bleeding, with cramping. They're both very very light -- a decade ago I would have just called this a typical light period. I've called my gynecologist and I'll be seeing her in 10 days, but (of course!) I'm getting concerned about what this might be. I looked through the archives here but couldn't find anything similar. Has anyone been through this too? Any thoughts? Thanks so much!
Mary Jane Minkin, MD responded:
Dear Duchessmom,
One strange thought: perimenopause is not usually associated with painful bleeding. However, I have seen a few of my patients with some narrowing of their cervixes-and I actually had to mechanically stretch the cervix, with a "cervix stretcher" or dilator. (and their pain went away). The fancy term is called cervical stenosis. And it's not worrisome, just annoying-I am trusting it will be something that simple, and easy to take care of,
Good luck,
Mary Jane

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