Older ladies here, would like to ask about postmenopausal things.

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  1. D_Tina_Ciao

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    I don't know if I'm the oldest female here at 68, but if there are some post-menopausal women who could give their opinions I'd appreciate it.

    I'm not feeling well - thought I had a urinary tract infection, but now I'm thinking maybe it's a yeast infection which I've had many times before. I don't itch, it's uncomfortable when I pee but not really painful, and although I've had a normal very slight occassional pale pink discharge for years (checked out by doctor and normal for me since menopause), it's a little more now. Might this be the result of a yeast infection aggravating things?

    Oh, I've been celibate for 4 years, have never had STDs or any virus and only had 3 sexual partners, 2 of whom were virgins as I was and the other used condoms. Have gotten urinary tract infections and yeast infections rather easily, though not very frequently.

    I'm doing the 3 day Monistat treatment and hoping this will take care of it. Question: has anyone (older lady) had this kind of thing and if so, what was the result? :confused:
     
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    Darling, we must be on the same page because i've been feeling the same way. In fact, now that i think of it i need to go pick up my estrogen refill. I've had to be on it for many years due to having hot flashes, genito-urinary problems from low estrogen.

    If you have access to a good gyn, they have much better yeast treatments than OTC. Every yearly exam i have cervical yeast show up.
     
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    Thanks for replying so much! Have you ever had a pinkish discharge, or had your normal lubrication change in color due to aggravation?

    I was on estrogen after menopa
    use for years because I went into a very early menopause after having a miscarriage (I was 44), but my gynecologist finally took me off them about 5 years ago.

    The over-the-counter things work well for me for yeast infections actually.

    I've been reading about your female problems and can fully empathize, Sweetie - men don't have a clue what we as women go through - so much more stuff inside to have to worry about.
     
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    I've just begun having tiny clotted blood clumps (very tiny) come out - I remember seeing that you had kidney stones. Could that be what I'm experiencing, do you think? What did it feel like? This is not that painful and I've heard kidney stones are very painful.
     
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    Sorry im just now responding to this....its been a long day.

    Anyway are you sure this is coming out vaginally? When i have stones it feels exactly like labor pain. It comes in waves, like contractions. I've passed blood with the stones but its not in clots, i would say its more like when you bite you lip and dab it with a towel. Its very bright red and thin since the stone is so sharp it literally slits the ureters on the way down like papercuts. Also your back will hurt severely where the kidneys are. If you suspect a stone- you can put very hot compresses or heating pad on high to help with the back pain.

    As for vaginal bleeding, i've been experiencing some pinkish creamy tinged stuff for a few days. I am still on antibiotics so i suspect i might have some yeast starting to work up and irritate things. Also, i'll admit bashfully that i've been a little overzealous with the masturbating so i might have gotten some scratches or something. It's been known to happen.

    My main concern- with the post menopausal age is that ovarian and uterine cell abormalities are more common. Many years of ovulation takes its toll on the cellular structure of the surface of the ovaries. Also, if you have a uterus and were on estrogen without the support of progesterone, it can cause problems too. We now understand that the uterus needs progesterone when given estrogen in order to keep the uterine lining normal- even if you have gone into menopause. It's not entirely understood but it is a known statistic.

    Now, if you have insurance or if you dont (generally a pap smear work up at a Gynecologists office is a few hundred dollars out of pocket) i think they would be happy to work you in for a smear. the smear would give me a piece of mind since i;ve had an abnormal pap smear (it all worked out in the end) but you just cant take too good care of your reproductive organs!

    It could be many things- vaginal, cervical, uterine, ovarian, even bladder. when you are my age you just end up taking 5 pregnancy tests just to be sure you arent harvesting any embryos you arent aware of ;)

    Keep me posted and you are welcome to pop me PMs if you want to.
     
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    Tiny, clotted, blood clumps sounds like spotting. :confused: As some women would get between periods. I know you said you were post-menopausal, but apparently it's not uncommon for one to start menstruating again if you have been around an alpha female.

    I think MR's advice is sound and you should see a doctor. :cool:
     
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    Sorry to be late responding - I went to bed early last night and slept
    in this morning.

    Thank you both, so much, for your very sound and wise advice! I didn't think it was kidney stones because there's not the kind of pain I've always heard is associated with them. I went to the drug store and got some yeast infection treatment meds and since I started, the blood clots have stopped, so I'm thinking it's the same case with me as with MR - I think I'm in the same boat you are, MR.

    I'm not around an alpha female by the way - I take care of my severely handicapped daughter - have for 33 years, and I have a son living with me - no other women in my life at present. There was an alpha female in my prayer group several years ago but nothing happened then and I'm not around her any more.

    I'll continue this treatment and see what happens in a few days.
    Thanks so much - it's wonderful to have access to this kind of needed information here! If I don't get relief after a few days, I'll do something else.

    You are wonderful ladies - may God bless you!

    Update: spoke too soon - tiny blood clots are still there, just one or two, tiny, miniscule ones (1-2 mm), not every time I try to go to the bathroom and they do look like they're coming from the vagina - weird...........carrying this to the Lord in prayer.

     
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    I'd like to know more about this - have not found anything online when researching it - still having tiny blood clots, just one or two very small ones, miniscule, every once in a while, not painful. There was something online about this kind of thing associated with benign uterine ulcers.

    Anybody know anything about this?
     
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    Perhaps an infection of the bladder lining. Sounds like a long shot, but I had one last year and it hurt to pee. My bladder infections had become immune to the medication I was prescribed, I had to see a specialist. It has also traveled to my kidney. They can preform a test to tell you if you have an advanced infection.

    Good luck.
     
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    I'm taking Cipro (had it left over from my daughter's infection several months ago and it's still good) and seeing an improvement in the way I feel. Still have clots (had a large one early today), but also noticing pinkish tinge to urine - think it's a bladder infection or as you suggested, lining one. Think the clots are being broken down and things are beginning to clear up. I have another 2 and a half days to go so I hope this will clear things up. I understand Cipro is pretty strong.

    I appreciate all the women who have posted information. Thanks, gals!
     
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    Cipro will definitely cause a yeastie beastie attack.
     
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    I just took a 3 day yeast infection treatment - think it's clear.
    So you're telling me Cipro will cause me to have a yeast infection?
    I feel I need it to clear up the urinary tract thing - have to get rid
    of that blood - I can't keep bleeding. Feeling almost cramps like
    I had when younger, and the bleeding has seemed to almost stop;
    pretty sure the Cipro did it because each dose has made me feel
    better.

     
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