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Mastitis After Menopause
10-12 after menopause I am bleeding, not a lot but any scares me. Why am I bleeding now? Very stressful day and took a walk fof over an hour after 2-3 years. Also did a lot of yard work for the first time this year.
See your doctor: Bleeding after menopause (defined as 1 year without a period or any bleeding) is always a reason to see your gyno. Your activity is unlikely to be a cause. There are some simple causes, such as a dry vagina and bleeding after sex, and some more worrisome causes that definitely need evaluation and treatment (pre-cancers and cancer). Don't worry, but do make an appointment today.See 1 more doctor answer
The absence of menstrual periods for 12 months. During menopause, the ovaries stop producing estrogen and progesterone. After the complete transition into menopause, women can no longer get pregnant. The average age for menopause is 51 years old. Symptoms include dry vaginal tissue, irregular periods, hot flashes, mood ...Read more
Not menopause?: At age 42, hopefully the diagnosis of menopause (defined as no period for 12 months) has been sorted out completely. If you are having cramping, then given your age and presumption of premature menopause, that this should warrant an evaluation to make sure that something else is not going on. Make sure they do an ultrasound!
Easy or hard?: How has menopause been for you? Ez or hard? The kind of challenges you face determine whether or not you want treatment and what kind of treatment. Short term HRT may the answer for some women. Others choose diet, exercise, supplements or acupuncture. Some of us breeze through this transition & don't need to do anything at all. So it really depends. Hope you find what you need.See 1 more doctor answer
Variable: Reduction in size for fibroids is desirable although that is not the basis for treatment. Symptoms are why someone with fibroids is treated. The most common symptoms with fibroids are heavy bleeding, pelvic pain, and increased urinary frequency. If you're post-menopausal, bleeding no longer an issue. Other 2 should start to go away over time; if not you could consider uterine fibroid embolization.
Must rule out cancer: Postmenopausal bleeding should always be evaluated and taken seriously. Most of the times it turns out to be nothing serious but sometimes it can be a sign of uterine cancer. The next step is to be seen by an obgyn for an ultrasound and an endometrial biopsy.See 1 more doctor answer
One that you'll do: The best exercise routine is the one you like to do. To find the best personal plan for you might require hiring a personal trainer. It depends on what you're used to doing and what your goals are. National guidelines for adults recommend a minimum of 150 min/wk of moderate-intensity or 75 min'/wk of high-intensity exercise and strength training twice a week.See 1 more doctor answer
Breast: At least once a month.Get a more detailed answer ›
Unfair!: You point to the fact that some women have different hormonal and physiological environments during menopause. It's really not fair, right? I definitely have had patients who say they barely noticed the menopause transition, and others who curse the changes. Smoking, obesity and lack of exercise can all exacerbate hot flashes. Thus a healthy diet, exercise and good habits may lessen.
Check it out: You should be evaluated by your doc to rule out serious conditions.
Not necessarily, but: Any abnormal bleeding needs to be investigated.
Will I need hormones after menopause? I have heard so much both pro and con about using hormones after menopause. I don't know what to think. How do I know what is best for me? .
Research: Only you can decide what's best for you! I am very much in favor of using hormones as soon as the body stops making them. I believe strongly that the benefits outweigh the risks for most women. The hormones should be bioidentical and the estrogen should be transdermal. Keep reading and asking questions. You are on the right track!See 1 more doctor answer
Absolutely!: One of the more common and aggravating problems after menopause are vaginal changes. Decreased estrogen causes dryness and thinning of the vaginal skin. The muscles can also get weak. Symptoms a dryness, sometimes itching, pain with sex and even urinary incontinence. Lubricants can help. Topical estrogen is also appropriate if symptoms are especially annoying. Good luck.