Ask A OB/GYN | by Dr. Lori Lindsay

Denver Center for Endocrine Surgery

Posted on Thu, Feb 19, 2015

I have gone through menopause but am experiencing spotting or staining. What should I do?

Dr. Lori Lindsay

Dr. Lori Lindsay

Vaginal bleeding, spotting or staining AFTER the twelve months of no bleeding that signal menopause have commenced could be a sign of a precancerous or cancerous condition of the uterus. You should see your doctor.

While a Pap smear is a critical tool to diagnose cervical cancer, it is not used to diagnose endometrial cancer. Any postmenopausal bleeding should be investigated by either an endometrial biopsy or an ultrasound, the choice of which can be discussed with your provider. The good news is that endometrial cancer is a highly curable cancer because of the early warning sign of abnormal bleeding.

Lori Lindsay, MD
Mountain Vista Women’s Care


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