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Old 03-01-2011, 02:16 PM
 
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My mom is post menopausal for a few years and experiencing bleeding. She went to the doctor and they examined her and said it was a UTI and gave her antibiotics, but she still is bleeding. Any ideas?
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Old 03-01-2011, 03:01 PM
 
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Did she see a gynecologist, or her family doctor? What tests did they do? She should probably have an ultrasound and/or an endometrial biopsy (they scrape a little bit off the uterus, I had one and it's not as bad as it sounds they do it right in the office). If she just saw her family doctor I'd definitely make an appointment with a specialist. Hope all goes well for her!
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Old 03-01-2011, 03:20 PM
 
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I agree...she needs to have a biopsy done and a hysteroscopy.

I had the biopsy done and it was easy peasy. My doc got a piece of a polyp in the sample she took so we decided to do a hysteroscopy and D&C. She was able to get the rest of the polyp out and looked at the uterus and everything else was normal.


They are easy procedures with minimal recovery but they can give the OB a lot of information. I'm not post-menopasual (36yrs here with no end in sight yet) but I'm glad I went and had those procedures done. Removing the polyp stopped the very, very painful and heavy bleeding I had during my periods.

I would definitely get a second opinion if I were your mom. Bleeding post menopausal is not normal and they need to find the cause.
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Old 03-01-2011, 05:40 PM
 
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Yeah she went to the gyno first and they said it was just a UTI. Today she went to have a biopsy done the gyno said it was just to be safe. I don't get why the gyno didn't do the biopsy in the first place and just said it was a UTI and put my mom on antibiotics. Was that irresponsible of them?
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Old 03-01-2011, 06:48 PM
 
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Probably just playing the statistics on what is most likely. less painful for her and if it worked, so much to the good. It didn't so now on to other possibilities.
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Old 03-02-2011, 05:59 AM
 
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Yeah she went to the gyno first and they said it was just a UTI. Today she went to have a biopsy done the gyno said it was just to be safe. I don't get why the gyno didn't do the biopsy in the first place and just said it was a UTI and put my mom on antibiotics. Was that irresponsible of them?
Hard to say. I've never had a UTI so I don't know if it could cause vaginal bleeding.

Did the OB do an internal when she dignosed the UTI? How about a transvaginal ultrasound? Did your mom have a fever with the bleeding or lower abdominal pain with the bleeding?

The biopsy will not always diagnose what is causing the bleeding, but it CAN rule out things like infection and cancers.

The bleeding could be due to a fibroid or polyp, which can not always be seen via ultrasound or detected with the biopsy. The best way to diagnose those is through hysteroscopy.

If the biopsy comes back normal that may be the next step her OB will consider. I would DEFINITELY get a second opinion of after a normal biopsy she determines there is nothing wrong and no further diagnostics are needed. Bleeding after menopause is NOT normal.
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Old 03-02-2011, 09:35 AM
 
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Yeah she went to the gyno first and they said it was just a UTI. Today she went to have a biopsy done the gyno said it was just to be safe. I don't get why the gyno didn't do the biopsy in the first place and just said it was a UTI and put my mom on antibiotics. Was that irresponsible of them?
A health care professional could answer that better, of course but my thought is, if it was a small amount that she only noticed on the paper or in the toilet after urinating, they might assume it was coming from the urinary tract, not the reproductive organs. If it was more blood than that, it seems to me like they should have done other tests right off the bat.
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Old 05-22-2012, 02:13 AM
 
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I'm post menopausal and had stopped having periods except for a very light one about twice a year. But then this month I began bleeding and I've been bleeding pretty heavily for the entire month of May so far. I keep hoping it will just stop. But I suppose I should see a physician. This part of being female is a true pain in the ________!
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Old 05-22-2012, 07:18 AM
 
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My mom has this, same symptoms. It took several years and they diagnosed her with Uterine Cancer. She went back to the doctor several times with this happening. Luckily she is okay now, but I would say get a second opinion.
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Old 05-23-2012, 09:25 AM
 
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Same with my mom veuvegirl...only it didn't take several years for diagnosis...don't mean to scare you smalltowngirl25...hopefully it's nothing serious...a second opinion could be good!
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