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February 12th, 2010
POST MENOPAUSE PERIODS
Interesting to see how many hits this thread has had compared to the others on this site. What does that mean I wonder?
I´m 55-no periods for three years-then in November a 7 day bleed. Had regular normal smears and trans vaginal ultrasounds until then.
Five weeks later, the same thing-7 day bleed. Went for check up, said lining was thicker than it should have been. Had endometrial biopsy, ultrasound showed lining had thinned down (obviously after bleeding!) Nothing significant found but said sample was too small so needed another biopsy.
Started bleeding the day before second biopsy(4 weeks after last "period" almost to the day.) Result came back-not enough tissue sampled. Could that be due to the fact that I was shedding the lining of my womb? Have now got to have hysteroscopy.
When I told both Doctor and specialist that I felt I was having periods again (Fullness in breasts, pain in side, increased libido etc) they were both totally adamant that this could not happen. How do they explain the cyclical nature of the bleeding which was just like my periods had been over the past forty years? In between the bleeding I´ve had no spotting or discharge of any kind.
When I said to the specialist I´d done some research on the internet and that women were experiencing period like bleeds even several years after apparent menopause I was made to feel stupid.
Anyway it´s good to read that so many of you have been through the same sort of thing as me. It gives me great hope that everything will turn out OK
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replied February 15th, 2010
Hi from the UK!

I'm 52 and hadn't had a period for 16 months until yesterday. It's quite light and I have cramps in my abdomen. This is the second time I have had something similar except on the previous occasion I only went 10 months without a bleed, then had a few periods as normal. My GP said that anything after a 12 month break needs to be investigated so I've booked an appointment.
About 3 years ago I had a lot of upset so lost 2.5 (approx 30 pounds) stones in 5 weeks and was also coming off the pill so I am wondering if that upset my body.It was only the other month that I donated all my stock of tampons to my friend!! Leenie x
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replied March 8th, 2010
I am 50 and have not had a period for 3 years and yesterday I noticed I was bleeding except it was brown and today it is red. I have made an appointment with the doctor because this is alarming for me. I feel much better now that I have read all of your posts. Cancelling my appointment has crossed my mind but nope, I have decided to go anyway just to be sure.
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replied March 18th, 2010
post menopause period w/all symptoms
Glad I found this. I too had a period after 2 years and a test that showed I was menopausal about a year ago. All the pre-menstrual symptoms were there. It happened after a couple of months of excessive stress.

Like many others, I'm concerned. Uterine lining is 7mm, which the doc said is too thick. Going for further testing.

This does not seem as uncommon as I had thought. I'll return with my results in a few weeks. Hoping for good news for me and the rest of you. I did not read any bad outcomes. Maybe posting bad news is not common, though.
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replied March 19th, 2010
Leenie1957 wrote:
Hi from the UK!

I'm 52 and hadn't had a period for 16 months until yesterday. It's quite light and I have cramps in my abdomen. This is the second time I have had something similar except on the previous occasion I only went 10 months without a bleed, then had a few periods as normal. My GP said that anything after a 12 month break needs to be investigated so I've booked an appointment.
About 3 years ago I had a lot of upset so lost 2.5 (approx 30 pounds) stones in 5 weeks and was also coming off the pill so I am wondering if that upset my body.It was only the other month that I donated all my stock of tampons to my friend!! Leenie x

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Well my blood tests came back fine, just going to have a scan on Monday. My GP feels it could be hormonal but wants to check on the fibroids I have as they could be the cause of the bleed....will update you once the results come through in about 10 days! x
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replied April 1st, 2010
Laminaria and Hysteroscopy
Continued from a couple of posts up...

So I went to the gynecologist for Day 1 of a 2-Day procedure to investigate a period 2 years into menopause. It involved inserting a laminaria stick into my cervix. (Not the luminaria with the candles in the brown bags, that make any outdoor event festive, although there are similarities).

This is a form of seaweed in a thin cigarette-sized stick that is put into the cervix so that it wicks away moisture and opens up the cervix. It stays there all day and night until the Hysteroscopy D&C is done.

I''ve had 2 biopsies before and those hurt and I''m not a wimp. So I had some Percoset prescribed and premedicated before the visit. It still hurt enough that I was yelling. Don''t know if you can get local anesthetic for this or not. If I have to do this again, I will seek out local anesthetic, out whether insurance pays or not.

I had some pain for several hours after the procedure and was pretty much worthless as far as doing anything at home. Pain subsided enough to sleep at night.

The hysteroscopy and D&C was no problem as I was complete anesthesized. Some discomfort and lots of fatigue after that, but ok. I had some small fibroids removed and the doctor said things looked ok. I have a stitch or two in my cervix that will come out on its own.

Test results come back next week.
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replied April 6th, 2010
Thanks Gals, I was shocked today when I found I had once again my period after about 15 months of no period. I too was told if you go through one year without, that was it!....but I guess it is not. I am calling my doctor just to be sure, but Wow! I could not believe it!
None of my friends have had a "relapse" after 12 months, so I was freaking out! Thanks for letting me know, there are others with the same condition as I.
Gotta go now and visit the pharmacy for some tampons!! Grrr! thought I was free and clear of those things!!!
Smile
Julie
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replied April 7th, 2010
julesch1 wrote:
Thanks Gals, I was shocked today when I found I had once again my period after about 15 months of no period. I too was told if you go through one year without, that was it!....but I guess it is not. I am calling my doctor just to be sure, but Wow! I could not believe it!
None of my friends have had a "relapse" after 12 months, so I was freaking out! Thanks for letting me know, there are others with the same condition as I.
Gotta go now and visit the pharmacy for some tampons!! Grrr! thought I was free and clear of those things!!!
Smile
Julie



Aw what a shame, Julie! The same thing has just happened to my friend~now she''s blaming me for bringing up the subject!!! LOL...Just waiting to go see the doc formy scan results. Haven''t had another period/pain though, praise God!! xx
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replied April 7th, 2010
My ordeal with this has ended with all benign results.

For those going through, here are a few more details:

The hysteroscopy and D & C recovery took me about a week to feel good, even though a 2-4 day recovery is the rule. Tremendous fatigue for 4 days and then my whole crotch region from uterus to vagina felt like it had been traumatized. All this was on my own vacation time so it''s not like there was a psychological factor of wanting to stay home from work and slow recovery was my ticket.

Even called the doc about how poor I felt and he said some people are more sensitve to the "disinfectant stuff" (my words) that is used in the process. That made sense because I felt like my innards had been rinsed in harsh chemicals and were very sensitive.

From what I read, my recovery was very slow, even though I am in excellent shape, workout regularly, and have lots of motivation and energy as a rule. I was expecting this thing to be a breeze.

My hysteroscopy and D&C were done in an outpatient facility and not a hospital. From the research I did, recovery in an outpatient facility was FASTER than in a traditional hospital with equal good results.

While taking this occurrence seriously and looking for all the big, bad potential causes, is a prudent precaution, it seems that a period from nowhere is not that unusual in the entire post-menopausal population.

Best wishes to all of you as you work through your symptoms and situations.
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replied April 14th, 2010
Hi again,
Well my scan results showed that the bleeding was due to my fibroids so now I have to see a consultant who will decide whether I should have them removed or not.

Best wishes to everyone else!xx
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replied April 16th, 2010
Hi

I am also from the UK and like others on this forum I am 51 years old and not had a period for 2 years and then wham a full blown period last week. It was heavy and even though it has now finished I have abdominal pain. Just come back from the docs who is referring me for a scan etc. Just out of interest did Leenie 157 know that she had fibroids before menopause?

Pam3380
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replied April 19th, 2010
Period after menopause
Forums like this are amazing. Here I sit worrying, knowing I have an appointment for an ultrasound, bloodwork and a second appointment for the results in a month.

I''m 52 and hadn''t had a period in 18 months. Bloodwork at my gyno office said I was off the charts into menopause. No more worrying about pregnancy or periods. In December I had a period. In February I had a period, and now in April I am having a period. Every two months with all the symptoms that I always had, cramping, insanely sore breasts, and they last about 5-7 days.

I planned on waiting until after June to see the Doc, just to get through my daughters wedding. Until a friend of mine told me to call my doctor TODAY. Well guess what folks, this is not normal. Not after 18 months. Hopefully it turns out fine, but every single person on this forum should see a doctor to be sure.

Hugsss and good luck to all of you!
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replied April 20th, 2010
Period after 20months without a thing
I am just having the most awful period after 20 months of nothing. My nipples and breasts last week were so tender and I had put on weight but that has just dropped off and my boobs are now fine. Thought I had done with all of this - glad to see that some of you are going through the same ordeal as me.

Let''s hope that I don''t have another one for another 20 months - forgotten how yucky it all is!!!!

Sandy
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replied April 27th, 2010
I'm so glad that I found this forum and I know that I'm not alone.
I'm at the tail end of my period now, after having one after a two year period free menopause. (I'm 54)
I wasn't all that worried until I went to the Doctor and she put the fear of God into me.
I'm going back today for a full pelvic check and pap smear. Tomorrow I'm having a pelvic US and then she's sending me to a gynocologist. I'll probably end up on some waiting list as I don't have private health insurance Sad
The Doctor thought that me having a perios was really bad, even though to me it seems very much like a standard normal period.
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replied April 27th, 2010
Well I''ve had a stray period now and then (roughly once or twice a year) since menopause. Just getting over one now, and I''m 67!
When I was younger, I found that being around menstruating young ladies for more than a day or two could trigger it.
Consuming a lot of soy products (I''m vegetarian) also seemed to have a hormonal effect. I use only a small amount of soymilk on my cereal now, and switched to gluten rather than soy meats.
Finally, the middle-age spread most definitely has an effect. Having been skinny most of my life, I was happy with my plumper figure--especially since it seemed to cure the hot flashes. But...I''m ready to lose weight now, if I can lose the periods once and for all.
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replied April 28th, 2010
Forgot to mention that stress also seems to be a factor. I live just 40 miles from the epicenter of the 8.8 Feb. earthquake, in Chile. Talk about stress!
But I do avoid doctors. I know my body better than they do, and have had excellent results using alternative remedies to treat both cancer and angina.
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replied April 28th, 2010
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Hi KurlyKate2000 and welcome to ehealth: I respect your decision about your eating life style as well as avoiding doctors...However, because of your bleeding at this later age in life, I believe you should think this over twice....My thought would be: When something is happening that shouldn't be happening it raises a red flag...Regardless of the stress in your life, I do see that flag...I send you my best wishes...Oh, and I am going to be 73 this month so I, too, am a member of this "older age" club....Take care...

Caroline
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replied April 28th, 2010
Period after menopause
Hello Caroline,
I have been thinking over my decision for some 20 years now, and have come to the conclusion that there are a lot of things that "shouldn''t be happening", such as GMO produce, a constant barrage of chemicals added to our food, not to mention auto and factory emissions, light and other invisible pollution, etc.--all of which have affected our bodies and our health. Medical interference would only add to the burden, and I can experiment as well as they can with my own body, thank you.
For me, personal responsibility does not mean leaving my health in the hands of others to look after. Maybe it''s time female researchers looked into the possible causes of this female "problem", instead of trying to herd us all into the doctor''s office. I feel perfectly able to tell the difference between a stray period or two and a serious decline in my health.
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replied February 29th, 2012
hi kurlykate2000
i totaly agree with you I do now by body and I am having a period after many years without had all the signs tener breasts etc etc so now i will wait and see what is next have been on it for 5 days light at times and spotting at others drs have us so afraid i think this is normal after reading , money is the factor for all the tests and surgeries there are some exceptions. glad to find someone who is not afraid to stand up for her body
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replied May 5th, 2010
My pelvic US came back as showing no problems, but my pap smear test showed a lot of glandular cells were present. So now I have to wait for an appointment at the Woman''s Hospital.
I have no idea of the significance of glandular cells, and I''m determined not to ''google'' it. I''m worried enought as it is without looking up Internet medical sites.
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replied May 24th, 2010
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Kurlykate -

I'm with you. I love the line, "I feel perfectly able to tell the difference between a stray period or two and a serious decline in my health." I seem to be having a "stray period" after 2 years of no periods. Exactly like my regular periods always were: breast tenderness, slight bloating and constipation, followed by brown then red bleeding, slight crampiness and abdominal heaviness.

I suppose it's possible that cancer could mimic a period so precisely, but it seems extremely unlikely. And also, I have absolutely no history of cancer in my family, on either side.

I even have theory as it why it may be happening: after a few years of very little sexual activity, I met and fell in love with the love of my life last year (we're about to be married), and have been having truly delicious and amazing sex most days for the past 12 months! I have to believe that's having a profound effect on my hormones. Wink)

xo
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