Q: Why is post-menopausal bleeding considered different from the irregular
bleeding so common in perimenopause? What’s the big deal with occasionally
spotting after menopause?
A: Any time a woman has gone 12 months with no period due to menopause, and
then bleeds again ’ no matter how slight or brief ’ it is considered
As many as 20—30% of women experience unexpected bleeding after menopause.
Usually it turns out there is nothing to worry about, but please do check in with
your healthcare provider if this occurs, as a proper evaluation is warranted in
For a more in-depth discussion of the implications and treatment of post-menopausal
spotting and bleeding, please refer to our full article.