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Light Bleeding still (a year later) Light Bleeding still (a year later)

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Unread 01-07-2008, 07:45 PM
Light Bleeding still (a year later)

Has anyone else had "mini periods" and questioned whether it was normal? I had my abdominal surgery in November 2006 (over a year ago). The only problem I have been having is that I apparently am having mini-periods, which keep getting slightly more heavy each month. I have had them since the surgery 15 months ago.

I went to the gyno. man three months ago for checkup and at first he was shocked I was bleeding - in fact, he seemed surprised by it. I told him I hadn't thought much of it because I had heard that a lot of women have mini-periods. He didn't seem to know anything about that. Before I left he said just keep track of the bleeding the next couple of months and go back and see him.

I talked to a friend today (used to be a pharmacist - and smarter than most doctors) and she was surprised I was still bleeding. She said I shouldn't be - you bleed because of the uterus, and I don't have one. She was quite concerned about it. She said my mood swings make sense because I still have ovaries, but even with a partial hyst., she said that I shouldn't be bleeding at all. She said bleeding comes from the uterus, and I don't have one, so shouldn't be bleeding.

Has anyone else experienced this - where the gyno. man seems concerned that you are bleeding, but then tells you to wait six months to see him again? He is well known as the best in his field in our city, so I don't know if I should be concerned.

I was wondering if it could be something else, like endo. or something? I get the mini-periods almost every 21 days on the nose.
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Unread 01-07-2008, 08:08 PM
Light Bleeding still (a year later)

You didn't say whether you kept your cervix or not...I know from what I read on here that some women do get mini periods if they kept their cervix...I kept mine and I am 4 1/2 months post-op and have not bled at all.....maybe someone can come along who has experienced the bleeding....I am not sure I would be comfortable with your doc's reaction....maybe you can get a second opinion???...or if not, maybe you can see him sooner and just tell him you are not comfortable with not knowing if it is normal...his reaction sure didn't seem like he thougt so..
Unread 01-07-2008, 08:25 PM
Light Bleeding still (a year later)

Ribyra732, I kept my ovaries and cervix. From reading these posts over the past year, it seems mini-periods are considered normal. That is why I was never concerned. However, my gyno. man acted like he had never heard of such a thing! After speaking to my friend today (the pharmacist) and seeing her reaction to the fact I have so-called mini-periods, she got me thinking maybe what is happening isn't normal.

Thanks for your response. I will see if anyone else has any ideas on this.
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Unread 01-07-2008, 08:33 PM
Light Bleeding still (a year later)

Yes...I have also read it to be normal..just wondering why your doc's reaction was one of surprise??....
Unread 01-08-2008, 03:49 AM
Light Bleeding still (a year later)


I kept my ovaries and cervix and, since my cervix wasn't cauterised, was told to expect mini-periods. Sure enough ~ I've had slight spotting every month ever since. The cervix is part of the uterus and, if left, there is a chance of bleeding every month ~ although, obviously, the cervix isn't capable of producing anywhere near the amount of blood that the uterus does!

I understand that cauterisation of the cervix (during surgery) usually prevents it for the majority of ladies. Have you asked your doctor about this? I have read posts where ladies have been offered cauterisation (or further cauterisation) following surgery, if they find they can't cope with it.

My bleeding is so slight that it doesn't even require a liner anymore, and so I'm quite happy as it's comforting to know my ovaries are still working.

It might be worth having another chat with your doctor to see if he can help? Even if he's not familiar with mini-periods ...

Will you let us know how you get on? Take care!

Unread 01-08-2008, 08:00 AM
Light Bleeding still (a year later)

Good point Poodle....I forgot to mention that my cervix was cauterised, as well as cored out from the inside, so doc thought it doubtful that I would have any bleeding.
Unread 01-08-2008, 05:32 PM
Light Bleeding still (a year later)

Thanks for your help. I was doing some research on-line last night and apparently having a cervix has nothing to do with bleeding (but then again, I am not a doctor). I am wondering if I had a cervical cuff where a small portion of the uterus is left attached to the cervix. That seems to be the norm (according to various websites). The bleeding could be coming from that small piece of uterus left. Like you Pooodle, the bleeding is nothing like before the surgery, but I do need pads now, which I didn't six months ago.

I am anxious about it as my periods are getting heavier. I am also reverting back to my teenage years where I go through cramps, extreme bloating, dizziness, and bowel problems. I was thinking maybe my ovaries are taking over my body again.

Six months ago I was bragging how I had no symptoms of a period anymore (except for a spot of blood here and there), but now each month seems to be getting worse. I have had severe endo. ever since my teenage years, and I am wondering if I stll have it and maybe that is what is making me react every month.

Oh well, I will research some more and see what I find. By the way, isn't it strange that there really is not much on-line information available in this day and age? They tell you alot about the basic surgery, but trying to find answers to post-op questions isn't easy.

Again, thanks for responding.
Unread 01-08-2008, 05:57 PM
Light Bleeding still (a year later)

If you kept your cervix, you don't have a vaginal cuff. Your cervix as part of the uterus has some endometrial lining which can bleed every month as a mini-period.

This shouldn't surprise your doctor or pharmacist as the cervix is part of the uterus...and can bleed along with your cycle.
Unread 01-08-2008, 06:10 PM
Light Bleeding still (a year later)

Thanks Kathy. Like I said, everyone on this Board seems to know about mini-periods. Apparently, my gyno-man has never heard of such a thing. When I mentioned it to him he got such a funny (stunned) look on his face that I thought he was going to tell me I must have cancer!

But I am still a little confused: you say I don't have a vaginal cuff. But the websites I was on last night kept talking about "cervical cuffs" with part of the uterus being left attached. Is a vaginal cuff the same as a cervical cuff?
Unread 01-08-2008, 06:14 PM
Light Bleeding still (a year later)

When the cervix is removed, the stitching at the top of the vagina is called the cuff. If the cervix is left in place, the top of the vagina is the cervix as normal. The top of the uterus was removed and then stitched above the cervix as it is left in place.

Perhaps you were reading that the differences are between having a cervix and not having a cervix?

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