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Bleeding After Menopause

06/22/2010

Question:

I’m now 50 years old. When I was 48, I had my right ovary removed due to a cyst and never got my cycle for a whole year. After one year I got my cycle only once and then I supposed that I’ve gone through menopause.

But a few days ago, I noticed that I’ve ovulated. Is it possible that I’ll have my cycle again? Is it normal to have cycles once in a while after menopause or should I consult my OBGYN?

Answer:

After you have gone 12 months without a menstrual period, you are said to be in menopause (and the date of your menopause was a year ago).

This should mean that you no longer have any eggs, and will not ovulate.

It is unlikely that you have ovulated now. After menopause, you should not expect to have cycles again, so if you do have bleeding, you should see your doctor.

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Response by:

Linda A Bernhard, PhD, RN Linda A Bernhard, PhD, RN
Professor Emeritus
College of Nursing
The Ohio State University