When to see a GP
See a GP if you have bleeding after the menopause or notice a change in the normal pattern of your period.
Only 1 in 10 cases of vaginal bleeding after the menopause are caused by womb cancer, so it's unlikely your symptoms will be caused by this.
However, if you have unusual vaginal bleeding, it's important to investigate the cause. The bleeding may be the result of a number of other potentially serious health conditions, such as:
- endometriosis – where tissue that behaves like the lining of the womb is found outside of the womb
- fibroids or polyps – non-cancerous growths that can develop inside the womb
Other types of gynaecological cancers can also cause unusual vaginal bleeding, particularly cervical cancer.