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Bleeding long after menopause

By October 18, 2016 - 10:19pm
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I'm 48. Haven't had normal periods since I was in my 20's due to a pituitary tumor (now removed).
Haven't had a period for over 8 years. All of a sudden, 11 days of bleeding. Heavy, and not to be gross, but a lot of tissue, which I never had before. Tender breasts. Moody. Just like a period. Know for a fact I'm not pregnant or anything. Been abstinent for awhile. I know I need to go to the doctor, but I take care of my elderly mom with Parkinson's/Dementia and it's hard to get away. Any info someone could throw out? I know I have to get into the doctor.

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Hello Jezebelle9355,

Welcome to the EmpowHER community. Thank you for reaching out to us for advice.

Indeed, you must be evaluated by your gynecologist. Once you have been seen, please let us know what the cause of the bleeding was.

Were you diagnosed with a prolactin secreting tumor?

Overproduction of prolactin from a pituitary tumor (prolactinoma) can cause a decrease in normal levels of sex hormones — estrogen in women and testosterone in men. Excessive prolactin in the blood affects men and women differently.

In women, prolactinoma might cause irregular menstrual periods, lack of menstrual periods, and a milky breast discharge.

The presence of a pituitary tumor or the removal of one may permanently alter your hormone supply, which may need to be replaced with hormone medications.

Jezebelle9355, did you ever receive pituitary hormone replacement therapy?

Is there a sibling, relative, personal friend or neighbor who can stay with your mother while you are at the appointment?


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