Vaginal Bleeding After Menopause: Care Instructions

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Your Care Instructions

Vaginal bleeding after menopause can have many causes, including infection, inflammation, prescription hormones, abnormal growths, and injury. Your doctor may want you to have more tests to find the cause of your vaginal bleeding.

Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.

How can you care for yourself at home?

  • If your doctor gave you medicine, take it exactly as prescribed. Call your doctor or nurse call line if you think you are having a problem with your medicine.
  • Do not have sex or put anything inside your vagina until you talk with your doctor.
  • Do not douche.

When should you call for help?

Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:

  • You passed out (lost consciousness).
  • You have sudden, severe pain in your belly or pelvis.

Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:

  • You have severe vaginal bleeding. You are soaking through a pad each hour for 2 or more hours.
  • You are dizzy or light-headed, or you feel like you may faint.
  • You have a fever.
  • You have new belly or pelvic pain.
  • You have vaginal discharge that smells bad.
  • You feel weak and tired, and your skin is pale.
  • Your bleeding gets worse.

Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:

  • You do not get better as expected.

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Current as of: February 25, 2016