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Hi. I am a newbie here and just turned 70. My health is generally good, except for some high blood pressure for which I have taken three medications for some years. I have had bleeding now for about 3 weeks (it is 20 years plus since menopause!) I should get the results of a pap next week and am going for a pelvic ultrasound on the 29th.
The research shows that only about 28% of pm bleeding turns out to be cancer, and someone mentioned that medications can be a cause of this bleeding.
What kinds of medication? and what other causes are there?
Would appreciate any information you can give me.
Thanks, Marise
Welshterriermom, Thanks very much for a taking the time to reply. Like most of us I did have HRT around menopause but not since. I am a little overweight so estrogens may be the cause. I was moving heavy furniture around my apartment for a few days before it started - so it's possible the strain could have released a buildup of the lining?? I think I do have atrophy but the Doc.said everything looked "healthy" when he did the pap.
No biopsy - it was hard enough doing the pap (I am such a coward!).
The US took a long time and the technician was very serious - took lots of pictures and ending up looking at me with great sympathy as I left, and wishing me "good luck". It's funny how you look for these clues, is'nt it.
Doctor also has me scheduled with a Gynecologist pending the US results.
I don't have friends I can confide in and I don't want to worry my son with this until I know something for sure. Anyway, thanks again for your thoughtful reply and support.
Josie, sounds like you REALLY had a tough time. It also sounds like you're a strong woman! I am 58, started menopause WAY early, like 40 or 45, i can't really remember. My doctor doesn't seem to have an opinion about HRT's, if I stay on them or go off of them, but i want to ask her that if a person does have cancer and has been on them, do they take them off. That might be an indication right there! The studies i've read are so inconclusive. And my genetic history leans towards heart problems.

I guess i'll wait to do the twilight sleep deal, i'm feeling a little less anxious today, but if i have another bleeding/spotting episode, i might just take myself in earlier! She DID say yesterday that it was a D and C (i thought that was different than a biopsy) and i know it is very uncomfortable, but i'm hyper sensitive.
As far as i know i'm in very good health and all so.............
The only thing is, i'm now considering retiring 6 months early! (Jan 2007 instead of June 2007) because the "life is short" theory gets very intense when you suspect it might be shorter than you thought~
thanks, i'll try and remember to let you know the outcome, tho i might now know until end of Feb. Rosie
i had the ultra sound also and all it found was that my lining was 7mm and my doctor said she would prefer 4 or less; but since i'm on HRT's the 7mm might be normal. Since she couldn't be sure, she wanted to do another .......she said, 'biopsy' but when i asked her if it was the same as a D and C, she said, "well yeh" (I'm ok for cervical cancer, she just wants to check uterine)
she didn't get a good enough sample the first time-
i have been in menopause for a long time! early, like 4o or 45, i can't remember (i'm 58) but i think 40 because i've been on HRT's at least 15 years. I tried to go off a year or so ago, but i was a mess! Now i'm thinking i might try again-were you on them ?if so, do you think it has anything to do with your getting cancer, if in fact you do? How long will it take to get conclusive 100% results? I swear, you get this age and you wonder "when is my turn" when friends right and left are getting things-------------
i happen to be VERY fit, good weight, exercise alot, eat well........and i feel GREAT! If only that were enough.........keeping good thoughts for you, Rosie
I've posted here before so some of you may remember my story. I'm 60, went through menopause in January 2001, have a HUGE (honeydew melon size) fibroid (no symptoms except some frequent urination). Anyway, the fibroid (which can only be removed by total hysterectomy) has caused diagnosis problems. Most tests, MRI, ultrasound, etc.) won't work on me.

In December 2004, I had a 3 day postmenopausal bleeding incident. Almost felt like I had my period. My reg. gynecologist said because of fibroid, he wouldn't be able to do an endo. biopsy and suggested I see a gyn-oncologist. In February 2005, the gyn-oncologist tried the endo. biopsy but couldn't get past the fibroid. In March 2005, he did a D&C and tried a hysteroscopy but couldn't accomplish it, again because of the fibroid. He told my husband, after the D&C that from what he could see and feel, my lining wasn't thick. The pathology results came back inconclusive...sample not large enough. Gyn-onc. thought my bleeding was from fibroid. In April 2005, I had a 1 day bleeding incident but felt irritated and gyn-onc. confirmed he saw signs of a cut/scrape/irritation healing. In May 2005, tried an MRI but again the fibroid was in the way. In July 2005, I sat with gyn-oncologist for almost an hour and he answered tons of questions I had about hysterectomies, uterine cancer, etc. At the end of the session he said "In my heart of hearts I don't believe you have a problem". Also said the only way to know for sure was to do a hysterectomy. There were no other tests he could try mainly because of the fibroid.
No signs of bleeding from April 2005-December 2006 when I saw a little pink during one trip to bathroom. I ignored it...maybe foolishly. In March 2006, I felt a slight ache in the area where fibroid is located and found 2 small (about 1/4" each) spots of blood on underwear. Saw nothing else when I cleansed myself. At end of April 2006, I was having trouble with hemorrhoids and a couple of days later, saw lots of blood. Cleansed myself and nothing afterwards. Not sure where it came from......I could have irritated the hemorrhoid while sitting to urinate. I did see evidence by blotting my rear with toilet tissue of some residue blood (sorry to be so graphic). Nothing since.

Needless to say, I'm nervous again. I rationalized that since my postmenopausal bleeding had started in December 2004 and it was now 17 mos. later, I would have more signs if it were uterine cancer. I have no other symptoms but then I read that some women have it for a year or two before it's discovered.

I haven't called the gyn-onc. because I know he'll say the only way to know is to do a total hysterectomy. I'm terrified of the surgery. He already told me that it would be a more difficult surgery because of the fibroid size, recovery from vertical incision would be longer, and also outlined all major complications that could arise. Told me during my visit in July 2005 that the chances of my having uterine cancer were in the single percentage range.

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