Polyps And Fibroids

100 Questions & Answers about Infertility: March 2010

Bleeding After Menopause Does Not Always Mean Cancer Growth

Bleeding after menopause may happen to some women. It may be because of the vagina getting dry and lost its elasticity as the estrogen level is decreasing. But it is not the normal symptom to get bleeding after menopause. So you must consult your doctor immediately. Sometimes the bleeding may happen because of taking birth control medicines, hormone imbalance etc. It may happen because of some non cancerous growth in the uterine.

Its common belief that Bleeding after menopause does mean cancer growth but its not true. But there is possibility of cancer in womb. If there is any abnormal bleeding after menopauses, then you have to check it whether it is happening because of cancer growth. Even if you have smell or pain in vagina, then you have to consult your doctor.

Normally post menopause bleeding will occur due to some other gynecological problems. So you need not fear that there is always a chance of cancer. Mostly the post menopause bleeding is because of hormone imbalance. Women who undertake hormone replacement therapy may experience this problem frequently. Lack of estrogen causes dryness in the lining of the uterine and the blood vessels in uterine breaks down and cause bleeding.

Polyps and fibroids may also cause post menopause bleeding. While polyps causes light bleeding, fibroids causes heavy bleeding that requires treatment immediately. Sometimes any over growth in the uterine lining may also cause bleeding. And 20 % of such growth may be because of cancer.

If the patient is suffering from excessive bleeding after menopause, then the examination of the pelvis region including vagina and cervix is a must. A Doctor will examine her by passing a small tube device through the cervix. The doctor may also ash her to take a complete scan of uterine. Treatment will be given after examining her past medical report. If she had taken any hormone replacement therapy or if she had any fibroids then the doctor will give her treatment accordingly. If the bleeding is caused because of any cancer growth in the uterine, advanced treatment will be given including surgery.

Menopause bleeding may occur due to hysterectomy. Nearly 6, 00,000 hysterectomies are performed in US every year. If you do not have your menstrual cycle for more than one year, then only you will be considered that you are undergoing menopause. Sometimes you may have irregular periods. So you need not confuse that menstrual cycle not happening within 28 cycles as menopause.

Ovary cancer may lead bleeding after menopause. This requires surgical treatment including removal of the ovary. Even mental stress, strain, weight loss or weight gain suddenly may cause post menopause bleeding. Consuming more pills or sexual intercourse may also cause bleeding. If you have post menopause bleeding or more than two weeks and if the bleeding is heavy that you require changing your pad every 1 hour, then you must consult your doctor immediately.

Muna wa Wanjiru Has Been Researching and Reporting on Menopause for Years. For More Information on Bleeding After Menopause, Visit His Site at BLEEDING AFTER MENOPAUSE

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Muna wa Wanjiru Has Been Researching and Reporting on Menopause for Years. For More Information on Bleeding After Menopause, Visit His Site at BLEEDING AFTER MENOPAUSE

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    what’s it called when u have a camera put in your belly button to look for polyps / fibroids?
    Some1 i know needs a camera put into their belly button because they have polyps / fibroids and they are going to be put to sleep, have their belly blown up and a camera put through their belly button i think it was to look at the polyps / fibroids, what is this operation called? thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Laproscoptic ( spelling) ?

  2. QUESTION:
    what is the difference between uterine polyps, fibroids and cysts?
    I was told I have fibroids and polyps…..I really don’t understand the difference…

    • ANSWER:
      An endometrial polyp or uterine polyp is a sessile mass in the inner lining of the uterus. They may have a large flat base (sessile) or be attached to the uterus by an elongated pedicle (pedunculated). Pedunculated polyps are more common than sessile ones. They range in size from a few millimeters to several centimeters If pedunculated, they can protrude through the cervix into the vagina. Small blood vessels may be present, particularly in large polyps.

      Fibroids are the most common benign tumors in females and typically found during the middle and later reproductive years. While most fibroids are asymptomatic, they can grow and cause heavy and painful menstruation, painful sexual intercourse, and urinary frequency and urgency. Some fibroids may interfere with pregnancy although this appears to be very rare.

      A vaginal cyst is a closed sac on or under the vaginal lining that contains fluid or semisolid material. Cysts occur when a gland or duct is clogged and liquid collects in a sac.
      When a cyst is inside the vagina, they are usually painless. Their size can range from the size of a pea to that of an plum.

      I hope I helped.

  3. QUESTION:
    Anyone had uterine polyps/fibroids? Symptoms?
    Has anyone had uterine polyps or fibroids. My doctor is thinking this is what I might have. I am just waiting to go have an ultrasound done in early January. What were your symptoms? I have spotting a week after my period, slight, slight cramping, frequent urination and a feeling of fullness in my abdomen. Any advice is appreciated! Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      I had huge uterine fibroids. My symptoms were
      heavy bleeding during period, period stayed for 10-12 days
      Anemia
      Weakness
      I got pregnant with the fibroids and in last July doctors removed my uterus while doing my Cesarean.

  4. QUESTION:
    Are fibroids, endometrial hyperplasia or polyps a precursor to cancer?
    I’m 44 and had heavy menstrual bleeding. Ultrasounds and MRI showed three small fibroids, focal complex hyperplasia and polyps. I’ve been trying natural remedies which have improved menses dramatically, no longer heavy, nor as painful. Should I still have hysteroscopy or other procedure done, or does the resolution of symptoms mean I’m OK?

    • ANSWER:
      Not a precursor to cancer. Chances are the pain and bleeding will return. Interuterine scraping is another option, but I hear it is painful and not always effective. Hysterectomy may be another option for you if you just want to be done all together.

  5. QUESTION:
    Do Polyps or Fibroids?
    cause severe bleeding?

    I have 3 periods a month, and am in bed the whole month and can hardly get out of bed. I go to emergency 2 twice a month for bleeding and anemia. The doctors did tests like biopsies, colposcopy and I had 4 D and C’s done in the past and pap smears and ultrasounds, and they show nothing. So why the heck am I bleeding and cramping almost every day????? if there is nothing wrong.

    Something is really wrong.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, polyps and fibroids can both be causes of heavy bleeding. I would ask your doctor about a Sonohysterogram which will show any abnormalities within the actual uterine cavity. If there is a fibroid or polyp within the endometrium, it can be difficult to pick up on regular ultrasound. With a sonohysterogram, they will fill your uterine cavity with a saline solution and then perform the ultrasound. This causes any abnormalities to be delineated with the fluid and therefore easier to see.



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