Is Spotting Common During Menopause?
Many women see their periods gradually become more irregular before stopping altogether in perimenopause, with menopause being classed as the stage when it’s been 12 months or more since their last period.
So, why do some women experience spotting after menopause? Noticing bleeding in the post-menopause stage can be worrying, especially if you thought your periods had come to an end several years ago.
It could be linked to other menopause symptoms that you’ve been experiencing, or there may be other health factors at play. Either way, it’s important to speak to your GP if you experience spotting in post-menopause. Let’s take a look at why.
What Would Cause Spotting After Menopause?
Spotting - also referred to as intermittent bleeding - after menopause can understandably make you worry. If you’re taking HRT to manage symptoms of menopause, it could be a side effect of this, so you may want to try an alternative treatment, such as natural menopause supplements.
Bleeding can also be linked to vaginal dryness, which can occur when the walls of the vagina become thin and painful due to a drop in your oestrogen levels.
What’s more, post-menopausal spotting could be a result of your womb lining thickening, which can be a common symptom in overweight women.
In some cases, spotting can be a sign of ovarian or womb cancer, so to put your mind at rest, it’s important to speak to your GP to make sure you can undergo tests as quickly as possible to rule anything out. If there are other health-related factors behind your spotting, finding out early on could improve your prognosis, so it’s always best to get checked out.
You should also contact your doctor if you’re experiencing particularly long or heavy periods in perimenopause, after sex or in between your usual menstrual cycle.
Managing Spotting and Other Menopause Symptoms
If you think that your spotting is linked to you taking HRT, trying a more natural alternative menopause treatment, could help to put an end to this. For example, we stock Femarelle® supplements, which contain a derivative of soy known as DT56a that can mimic the effects of your natural oestrogen, helping to rebalance your hormonal activity - this can have a noticeable impact all around your body.
For bleeding linked to vaginal dryness, Femarelle® Unstoppable supplements, designed for the post-menopause stage when this symptom most commonly occurs, could help, but it’s still important to speak to a medical professional to rule out anything else.
With some instances of post-menopausal spotting linked with women’s weight, it’s also essential to try to maintain a healthy weight throughout menopause, by eating a balanced diet and taking part in regular exercise.
Natural menopause supplements could help with this too, as rebalancing your hormonal activity can impact your metabolism, potentially making it easier to manage your weight.
Check out the full Femarelle® range and see if it could support you throughout your menopause journey here.