Symptoms Not To Ignore
Experiencing menopause symptoms is common, but there are some symptoms that you should not ignore (“red flag” symptoms). If you experience any of the symptoms below it is important to seek medical attention.
- Bleeding after menopause (postmenopausal bleeding): This is a common symptom and is often caused by vaginal dryness or a benign polyp. In a very small proportion of cases, however, it may be caused by something significant such as womb cancer. It is therefore important that you see your doctor and arrange appropriate tests. The assessment may include pelvic examination, ultrasound scan to assess the uterine lining and ovaries and biopsy from the lining of the uterus. Sometimes, an endoscopic examination of the uterine cavity (hysteroscopy) may be necessary.
- Bleeding after sex (post coital bleeding): This symptom is often caused by delicate vaginal lining and dryness resulting from lack of oestrogen. It can occasionally indicate a more significant pathology and it is important to see medical attention.
- New onset of pelvic pain, abdominal bloating or tummy upset: These symptoms occasionally can suggest an ovarian problem and a pelvic scan and blood test (CA125: ovarian tumour marker) would be needed.
- Vaginal discharge and smell: Vaginal infections can be common in this age group as the vaginal lining is thin and delicate and can be easily breached. Please see your doctor for a check up.