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Q: Prolonged bleeding in menopause

I am 49 and have gone 8 months without a period.On 12/30 i started bleeding heavy for 5 days, then it stoped.On Jan 13 I started bleeding again and it has not stoped. I have been for a biopsy and an ultrasound both which were normal. My dr suggested birth control pills which I started taking 1/4/09 but the bleeding continues. What do I do from here?

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Sandy Greenquist, Health Pro
2/26/09 6:48pm

Hi Cheryl,  Sometimes, progesterone alone in higher doses can be effective in stopping bleeding.  You might also want to try a higher dose bcp.  If the bleeding is not responding to medical treatment, the next option to discuss with your doctor would be an ablation.  This out-patient procedure basically obliterates the lining of the uterus and stops bleeding, often indefinitely.  I have many patients who have had good results and been very happy with this solution.  In most cases, it is definitely worth trying before going on to more drastic surgical measures.

Good luck to you, Sandy

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By Cheryl, Community Member— Last Modified: 11/29/10, First Published: 02/01/09