Post menopausal bleeding after 15 months

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Hello. I'm wondering if anyone can put my mind at rest a little, please?

I'm 50, have not had a period for 15 months but started bleeding 3 days ago which started off light and is getting heavier. I had my usual signs of an oncoming period before the bleeding started so I wasn't too alarmed. I went to my GP yesterday who is sending me for a scan next week. However, what I'm worried about (particularly as my mum had womb cancer when she was 57) is that the GP said:

"Sometimes there can be a bit of spotting after 12 months of no periods but it's very unusual for it to last for days."

This has really worried me. Has anyone else had more than just the odd bit of spotting, more like a proper period, once periods have stopped for over 12 months, but tests were all ok?

I had a smear last Summer and also an internal scan for another issue which all came back ok. GP said it was last Summer so we need to do a scan again.

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    Hi Kaz

    i have been the same had bleeding on off for years 3 scans biopsy all ok but I still till worry , I am bleeding every other week as I am on hrt and the imbalance of hormones , I am 55 been in hrt 18 years , I am see a gynaecologist specialises in hrt end month as been on hrt since 37 as early menopause .

    hard to say try not to worry bleeding is very common and sounds you had check up but with your mum understanadable I am the same xx

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    Ps are you on hrt ? Xx
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      Thank you Joanne. No I’m not on HRT, I didn’t feel the need and managed to get through the hot flushes and night sweats eventually with Menopace Plus. 

      I’m wondering if the GP was wrong and that some ladies do in fact have full periods, not just spotting, even after over 12 months of nothing. 

      Thank you for your help xx

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      Good luck yes different for me I am on hrt and can cause imbalance also I guess if you not on it. Best like they said to get checked I think mine is more because hrt xx
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      I've read about so many women having full periods (and worse). I often wonder if doctors just don't consider this normal. AFter all, what is normal??? we are all unique. Hormones play games with us. We cannot control them and so it doesn't surprise me one bit that things don't follow the book.

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    Hi Kaz!

    Definitely happy your on top of this and going for a scan.  Esp because of your history. I’ve had a couple vaginal ultrasounds because I got  my period back after 13 months. He said I just wasn’t competely finished with my periods.  Are you bloated at all?

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      Hi Kaz, I had a full period. Just a day. Glad your not bloated! It’s a major symptom of something more serious. According to my gynecologist if it was serious your abdomen would fill with fluid more and more and you’d be EXTREMELY bloated and stay that way. 

      Not just a regular period bloat.  I get a vaginal ultrasound every so often because I suffer from Ibs and get major bloating,  and sometimes pain.  Which are some of the same symptoms of ovarian cancer. Whenever I feel any changes with my Ibs I get the ultrasound. My dr. So awesome. So.,.im sure your just not totally finished.  Always see the doc with changes! It’s worth it for piece of mind, be well!

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    I've heard of many women who have what appears to be a full blown period after a year without.  It makes sense to get things checked out.  However, I  think this was just your ovaries last hooray.  While they're at it, possibly have them test your FSH and estradiol level and see how things look there.  Our ovaries do product estrogen even after we reach menopause.  

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      Thank you, that would make sense as I had my old familiar ovulation pains 2 weeks ago and had my usual painful boobs etc. 

      I’m glad you’ve heard of many women with a similar experience as it’s clearly not as unheard-of as my GP made out. Will of course still be going for the scan and will ask for other tests too, thank you! X

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    My GP prescribed me Transexamic Acid tablets which she said would stop the bleeding so that they can do a scan sometime this coming week. It’s not stopping the period and I’ve just looked up information about Transexamic Acid and everything says it doesn’t stop a period, just reduces the flow a bit. 

    Has anyone else been prescribed it in advance of an internal scan? X

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