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    staining / bleeds every 18 months - post menoapause
    Anita_1964 posted:
    I have had staining and light bleeds ( not flow , only a few dots on pad) for the past 6 years. I have had 3 biopsies and 3 ultrasaounds that all were normal. My blood work shows I am post menopause and no thickening of the lining and my ovaries were "shriveled" according to the ultrasound tech who told me I had the ovaries of an old lady ( thanks a lot, lol). I am 48 and overweight. I notice the bleeds come in high stress times? Any connection to stress and overweight? My dr. called it a "nuisance" and said a D&C may help. But I am not bleeding heavy and if all is normal I don't want to have surgery. Have you ever seen this happen before? I hope I have my last hurrah soon and be done with it. It stinks to always have to carry a pad or liners "just incase".
    Anon_6061 responded:
    You said the ultrasound showed your lining to be "normal." How thick was it? Sometimes when the lining gets "too thin" (atrophic) it can cause spotting. Also, are you sure it's from your uterus? If your vagina has atrophied, that can also cause spotting.

    As far as the shriveled up ovaries, that's how they're supposed to look after menopause (sort of like our skin gets as it ages LOL). So no worries there - you're normal! The reason for this is that during the reproductive (premenopausal) years, the OUTER part of the ovary is the active part. After menopause, the ovary continues to function but in a different capacity since it no longer supports fertility. That's when the outer part becomes inactive (and atrophies) and the INNER part goes to work producing higher levels of testosterone that can be converted into estrogen (aromatization) to make up for some of the lost estrogen. Of course, estrogen proliferates the uterine lining but since yours isn't thick, your body must not have been producing too much.
    Anita_1964 replied to Anon_6061's response:
    I think the lining was 2cm the last time. I am also overweight and was told that causes estrogen overload. I am still staining a bit, but each episode is less. this time I only see it when I wipe, nothing really comes out. every time I had bleeding it has been from the uterus. but all test show "normal"

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