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Question: 6 years post menopause, and begining menstration again


 hapahawaiian3 - Tue Dec 30, 2008 2:25 pm

My mother is a 56 year old post menopause woman, 6 years, and now having periods. Two months now with cramping, is this normal?
 Debbie Miller, RN - Mon Jan 05, 2009 11:45 am

User avatar Hello,
You don't mention whether or not your mother takes any hormone replacement therapy for symptoms of menopause. Hormone changes that might occur with such treatment or with a change of medication can cause post-menopausal bleeding.

It is also possible for her to develop a uterine abnormality which is a minor problem - hyperplasia of the uterus - where abnormal cells develop. This is not really common but it does happen and it is treatable so an evaluation by her doctor would be recommended for proper diagnosis and care.

Other causes include extreme stress, weight loss or nutritional deficiency.

Thank you for your concern about your mother. It is important for even menopausal women to have regular checkups, mammograms and colonoscopy screening.

Best wishes.

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