Menopause is usually confirmed 12 months after your last period. Any spotting or bleeding after 12 months is referred to as postmenopausal bleeding.
It is important to note that bleeding after menopause is not normal and the cause for the bleeding should be investigated as soon as possible. The cause for the bleed may be due to something simple and treatable or it may be a sign of more serious disease.
Postmenopausal bleeding may be caused by growths in the uterus or cervix called polyps, ovarian cysts, thickening of the lining of the uterus, or other abnormalities in the uterus or cervix. It could also be linked to cancer of the uterus or cervix, so it is important to see your doctor and have your postmenopausal bleeding investigated.
A gynaecology ultrasound is often performed to confirm or rule out causes for the postmenopausal bleed. The information from the ultrasound can put your mind at ease and will help your referring doctor diagnose any pelvic abnormalities and formulate a treatment plan for your bleeding.
Please click here for information about what you need to do before your appointment, how to prepare for your ultrasound, and what you need to bring on the day of your appointment.