There can be several causes for vaginal bleeding after menopause (for example, thrush, or other infections), most of which will be nothing to worry about. However, it can also be a sign of something more serious, so you will need to see your doctor to rule this out.
You may also want to check with your doctor to see if your Pap tests are up to date.
You may think you have finished menopause if you have not had a period for a few months. However, it is still possible to have a period up to a year after your last one. It’s important you visit your doctor to discuss your bleeding.
If you are bleeding very heavily or you feel faint or as if you might pass out call triple zero (000) immediately and ask for an ambulance. If calling triple zero (000) does not work on your mobile phone, try calling 112.
Not sure what to do next?
If you are still concerned about bleeding after menopause, why not use healthdirect’s online Symptom Checker to get advice on when to seek medical attention.
The Symptom Checker guides you to the next appropriate healthcare steps, whether it’s self care, talking to a health professional, going to a hospital or calling triple zero (000).
Last reviewed: July 2015