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Abnormal bleeding after menopause

Bleeding more than 12 months after menopause (often called postmenopausal bleeding) is relatively common, but it is always a sign that something is not right. It may be something minor, like cervical polyps or vaginal dryness. But about one in every 10 cases of bleeding after menopause is caused by endometrial (uterine) cancer.

If you start bleeding after menopause, you should always see your GP to find out the cause.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Endorsed by clinical director Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Canterbury DHB. Page created November 2016.

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