Hello - this is my first post. I turned 52 in August and have had intermittent bleeding/short periods throughout 2012. I thought these were normal as it has never been anywhere near 12 months at a time since I've gone without a period, at least a short one over 1-3 days. My GYN sent me for a transvaginal ultrasound last Friday and now she wants me to have a saline sonogram which isn't scheduled until January. She said she couldn't tell from the ultrasound whether the lining of my uterus was thickened, etc. although I may have a few small fibroids. She said my pelvic exam, also last Friday, felt normal. Although I don't have the results of last Friday's PAP smear, I have never had an abnormal pap. [br>[br>I think my worry is mostly that my blood work last Friday showed me to be in menopause even though I know it has been nowhere near a year since my periods fully stopped. My GYN said it was sometimes difficult to determine whether one is still in perimenopause or menopause - but why does my blood work indicate the latter? I also had a period of at least 2 months of hot flashes earlier this year - I had never had them before. And the other day I thought I had another. I had what I THOUGHT was a short period lasting 2 days on November 2nd, some more bleeding (period?) on December 2nd & 3rd and then today, some more spotting. Both today & on November 2nd I saw some actual dark, red bloody tissue. [br>[br>I'm just worried about having this spotting/bleeding, etc. despite supposedly being in menopause. This has all got me very worried, thinking I have endometrial cancer or something worse. If anybody else has been through something similar and has any insight to share, it would be very much appreciated.View Thread
Hello a2stylist, Dr. Minkin & Anon_6061 - I just wanted to let you know that I did get the saline sonogram done on Thursday, 1/10 which included a endometrium biopsy. I just heard this a.m. from my doctor's nurse who told me that the biopsy results were negative for any cancer so that was wonderful news to get!
When I had the sonogram, my GYN said that she was "leaning toward" doing a hysteroscopy, no matter the biopsy results, which I assume would be to remove the fibriod(s) and/or polyps that have been causing my intermittent spotting. But the nurse didn't mention that my doctor wanted to get that scheduled so I asked her to get back with my GYN for clarification. It may just be that I need to keep a careful watch on the bleeding/spotting for awhile and note any more changes, etc. I think I also remember my GYN saying that I probably had a "degenerating" fibroid.
My bloodwork was not repeated on 1/10 (it was originally done on 12/7/12) which I almost wish it had been as I would have been interested to see what my hormone levels were last week. I am still very surprised that my 12/7/12 bloodwork showed me to be menapausal since I'd had what must have been an actual period, albeit only for 36-48 hours, back starting November 1, 2012. [a style="COLOR: #006699; CURSOR: pointer" id=exchange-post-enabled_A1 class=template-reply-post onclick="LoginCreatePost(this,'menopause-exchange','3'); return false;"> IView Thread