What is post-menopausal bleeding?
Post-menopausal bleeding refers to vaginal bleeding which occurs after menopause, or one year after cessation of menses. It creates concern for many women.
Most women with post-menopausal bleeding experience the symptom due to atrophic changes of the vagina or of the lining of the uterus, meaning that the tissues have become very thin causing them to bleed easily.
However, vaginal bleeding will be the presenting sign in most women with endometrial cancer, which is cancer of the lining of the uterus. Up to 14% of women with post-menopausal bleeding will have endometrial cancer.
What can I expect at Marina Shores OB/GYN?
Transvaginal ultrasound is a noninvasive diagnostic tool used to measure the thickness of the endometrium/lining of the uterus. Pelvic ultrasound alone may be an adequate initial evaluation. Depending upon the endometrial thickness, biopsy of the lining of the uterus may or may not be indicated.
All reports of postmenopausal bleeding require evaluation. At Marina Shores OBGYN I offer evaluation of postmenopausal bleeding including onsite ultrasound services for your convenience.
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