Menopause Spotting


menopause spottingQuestion: How many women do you think experience menopausal bleeding?

a) 5-15%

b) 20-30%

c) 35-45%

If you chose C – go to to top of the class.  Up to 30% suffer from spotting and/or bleeding between periods.

What Is  Menopause Spotting?

Experiencing spots of blood – of various shades of red - between your monthly menstrual cycles is known as spotting.  During menopause this may be normal, asone of the first symptoms is irregular and erratic periods and is due to the body slowing down and eventually stopping its production of estrogen. As your body experiences so many changes, it is going to behave differently until it adjusts to its new situation.menopause spotting

It is only when a woman goes for one year with no bleeding – menopause spotting included – that the arrival of menopause is confirmed.  If at any time during those twelve months she exhibits any signs of spotting at all, then the count will have to begin again from that date.  It is a good idea to keep a diary of how long it is from the last signs of a bleed, so that the time of entering menopause is as accurate as possible.

What Is Normal?

Just like periods and menopause every woman varies with the timing of her monthly cycle.  Some women can pinpoint to the exact day when they will begin bleeding and others may vary several days from month to month.  In the same way, each experience of menopause varies.  For some, menopause spotting just prior to a period may be normal, while others will have no warning signs at all and their period will begin suddenly.

Perhaps you have periods regularly for a few months and then have no periods for the next few months, before starting normally again a month later.

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A change in pattern of the monthly cycle is one of the first signs of menopause

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With regards to menopause spotting, blood show and what is normal, experiencing any sign of bleeding when you are not close to your monthly cycle, is not usual and should be reported to your doctor.  It is difficult to recognize sometimes as periods become more erratic close to menopause, but in any case, spotting when your period is not due should be taken seriously.  It may be nothing to worry about, but it is always preferable to err on the side of caution.

spotting during menopauseIf your periods become so heavy that you must constantly change your tampon or sanitary towel, report this too.  On the other hand, if you find that the flow has become especially light and you always had quite a heavy flow previously, mention this to your doctor.

When Can You Expect  Spotting To Stop?

I`ve been spotting for about 18 months and I can`t wait for it to stop – I don`t know where I am anymore – I`m just waiting for somebody to invent a `cure`!

Spotting is completely normal during menopause, but it should be worth noting that it can on rare occasions be a sign of something more serious.  Such as:

  • Uterine fibroids
  • Pelvic infections
  • Ovarian, uterine or cervical cancer


To summarise, if you notice anything unusual, tell your healthcare professional and get it checked out.  Chances are it is nothing to worry about, but it is always better to check out any changes sooner rather than later.

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