Skip to content
Includes Expert Content
An_252760 posted:
I have not had my period in well over a year. However, I have just begun staining. Should I be concerned as there is a family history of ovarian cancer? (I have not been to a doctor in over two years.)
Mary Jane Minkin, MD responded:
Dear An_252760,
I think my response somehow didn't make it to the page. Indeed, any bleeding after a year of no periods does merit investigation. It will most likely turn out to be nothing bad, but it does merit investigation. Now the question that I will ask you is what is your family history of ovarian cancer? If you have two first degree relatives (like mother, sister, or daughter) with ovarian or breast cancer, you should consider the possibility of doing BRCA testing, as we saw with Angelina Jolie. So when you check in with your health care provider, do discuss with her or him the family history issue.
Good luck,
Mary Jane

Featuring Experts

Mary Jane Minkin, MD, is a nationally recognized obstetrician gynecologist, with a special interest in menopause. Dr. Minkin is clinical professor of ...More

Helpful Tips

Fact or fiction? Estrogen therapy is an option for all menopausal womenExpert
Fiction: Only women who no longer have a uterus should consider using esdtrogen-alone therapy (ET). For women with a uterus, the option ... More
Was this Helpful?
30 of 44 found this helpful

Related Drug Reviews

  • Drug Name User Reviews

Report Problems With Your Medications to the FDA

FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

For more information, visit the North American Menopause Society website