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Thursday, November 26, 2009 shell, Community Member, asks

Q: Is it normal to have spotting 4-6 months after my last period?

I had 4 days of pinkish spotting during (what I am guessing I am going through... I am 51) menopause at 140 days then I am blood spotting at 189 days today... not sure if I will have a period or not but if I do should I worry since I had the pink spotting at 140 days? Should I worry with the blood spotting? should I still be counting or should I start over. I know menopause is 12 full months of no periods... I'm not sure what you consider pink or blood spotting. I didn't start counting over with the pink because it was so minor but should I start counting over? 


I am uninsured so seeing a doctor is not an option unless this means there is definitely something wrong.

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Sandy Greenquist, Health Pro
11/30/09 5:13pm

No, Shell, it's not unusual to spot for months after having what seemed like your last period.  It can take a long time for some women to stop completely.  I would count from the last time you had red blood.  The time to consult a doctor is when you are having irregular bleeding/spotting over a period of a few days, stop, spot again days later, stop, skip 2 wks, spot again.  But what you describe sounds like the normal winding down of your menstrual cycle.


shell, Community Member
12/ 7/09 10:22am

Thanks Sandy for your answer! I just have one more question, I ended up spotting for 6 days, some days were pink again and the spotting was mostly when I wiped but one day the spotting was heavy enough that my panty liner did have a some blood on it. Should I start counting over now since there was red blood even though it was still only spotting?


Thanks again for your time and expertise in this!

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By shell, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/26/10, First Published: 11/26/09