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today, out of the blue, I woke up to a full blown period?

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I am 57years old and up to today have not had a monthly period for 16 months, my last period having been in August of 2010, I had 4 periods prior to that during 2010 and after the 12 months were up in August of 2011 I considered myself to be over the menopause and was grateful that I had not suffered any bad symptoms, just the odd hot flush that would be over in less than a minute. Now today, out of the blue, I woke up to a full blown period and I'm confused as what to do next, do I need to see my gp? (i'm in the uk)or should I wait and see if its a one off, haven't had a smear test for about 15 years and am not sexually active. I don't want to be laughed out of the surgery or be given a lecture.

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replied December 31st, 2011
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Welcome to ehealthforum,
Sudden vaginal bleeding after attaining menopause could suggest underlying problems like hormonal derangements, DUB, endometrial hyperplasia, etc. The exact cause for the vaginal bleeding that you describe can only be made out after careful evaluation. You should consider visiting your doctor/gynecologist at the earliest for further evaluation and assistance. Hormonal and blood work-up along with ultrasound scan done will help to detect the underlying cause. Get started on treatment as indicated by examination findings and investigation results. Be in regular monitoring and follow-up with your treating doctor/gynecologist and report any new/abnormal symptoms immediately. Drink plenty of water. Take adequate rest. Maintain healthy diet and lifestyle.
Take care.

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