Vaginal Bleeding After Hysterectomy (Surgery)

A hysterectomy is the surgical removal of the uterus, with or without the fallopian tubes and ovaries. Post-operative vaginal bleeding after a hysterectomy can be a potentially serious complication which may require a blood transfusion and further surgery. The vaginal bleeding can occur immediately after or within a few days of surgery, or in some cases it may even occur a few weeks after the operation.

Spotting After Hysterectomy

Slight vaginal bleeding is often experienced by some women and this may take the form of spotting or a faint pink discharge in the first four to six weeks following a hysterectomy. The spotting may be considered to be normal in these circumstances. This small amount of bleeding may occur while the wound is healing and should not be a cause for concern in most cases as long as it seems to be decreasing gradually and there is no significant pain.

Post Hysterectomy Bleeding

However abnormal vaginal bleeding is a cause for concern and this may appear as :

  • spotting continuing for over six weeks.
  • distinct vaginal bleeding (not spotting or discharge) immediately after a hysterectomy operation.
  • sudden bleeding occurring within a few days or weeks after surgery.

Along with vaginal bleeding other symptoms such as abdominal or vaginal pain, vaginal discharge or fainting may be present. This requires medical intervention and you should consult with your doctor immediately

Causes of Vaginal Bleeding after Hysterectomy

The incidence of vaginal bleeding is found to be slightly higher after a vaginal hysterectomy than that after an abdominal hysterectomy. Your doctor may consider other investigative techniques to identify the cause of the bleeding as this is important to initiate proper treatment. Some of the causes of vaginal bleeding after a hysterectomy include :

  • Improperly ligated (tied) blood vessel or a slipped ligature is reported as the most common cause of immediate bleeding after a hysterectomy operation. The cut edge of the vaginal mucosa should be sutured carefully during the operation to prevent this type of bleeding. Care has to also be taken to ensure that no severed blood vessel is left unattended and all blood vessels are ligated properly. The suture may become loose or open up in an improperly tied blood vessel, leading to immediate bleeding or bleeding within a few hours of the operation. Early identification of the cause of bleeding is very important for treatment, which may necessitate a blood transfusion and re-suturing.
  • Granulation tissue sloughing results in delayed bleeding. This occurs when the granulation tissue, which forms during wound healing, ‘falls’ off and exposes a blood vessel.
  • Wound dehiscence is the re-opening of the wound after surgical closure which may occur due to infection, poor healing, injury or ineffective suture material. The wound may open up partially or completely and will need re-suturing after recognition of the problem. In addition, antibiotics and pain relievers may become necessary for treatment.
  • Coagulation or bleeding disorders in patients with clotting defects or those on anticoagulant therapy may result in post-operative vaginal bleeding after a hysterectomy. Although this is a rare cause, the bleeding has the potential of becoming quite serious unless adequate steps are taken as soon as possible. Vitamin K supplementation, stopping anticoagulant therapy, blood transfusion, and ligation of bleeding vessels may be necessary. A generalized ooze is quite common in these patients and a vaginal pack is effective here.
  • Non-effective suture material may cause bleeding by improper ligation of the blood vessels and by not effecting proper closure of the wound. Some patients have a reaction to certain suture materials, resulting in improper wound closure and healing.
  • Vaginal injury may occur either during or after the operation. Vaginal douches, insertion of tampons or sexual activity soon after the operation may also be contributing factors.
  • Other causes of vaginal bleeding that may occur any time after a hysterectomy , even years later, and may or may not be related to the operation. These causes  include :
  1. Subtotal hysterectomy – where only a part of the uterus is removed during operation.
  2. Cancer.
  3. Polyps.
  4. Fibroids.
  5. Bladder infections.
  6. Atrophic vaginitis as a result of low estrogen levels.
  7. Vaginal endometriosis.

Treatment of Vaginal Bleeding after Hysterectomy

Treatment for post-operative vaginal bleeding includes a blood transfusion and control of bleeding by identifying the cause and site of bleeding. This will involve taking the patient to the operation theater and then identifying and  ligating (tying) the bleeding vessels under general anesthesia if the site can be isolated. If the bleeding points cannot be seen, then the stitches on the vault of the vagina may need to be reopened. Vaginal packing is only done in case of clotting defects.

Additional treatment may include antibiotics to control infection, pain relievers, and vitamin K for clotting defects. Discontinuation of anticoagulation therapy may be necessary.

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  • Margaret Hall

    Thank you for such a well written article on post-hysterectomy bleeding. I had a (subtotal, I suppose) hysterectomy on Aug 10 and came home the day after. I had minor brown discharge from Day 1 following surgery that has progressed to a light to medium flow of dark blood with bright streaks. My gynecologist insures me this is normal and since I’m not feeling any pain with this bleeding, and you seem to say the same thing, I’m going to assume that I’m alright. My main concern is that the bleeding is gradually getting heavier instead of tapering off. My 6-week follow-up is Sept 9th. I should, I would think, see a remarkable decrease in the bleeding by then. If you think otherwise, I would love to have your opinion off the record. Thanks so much.

    • Dr. Chris

      From Dr. Alison

      Hi Margaret,

      I understand your concern regarding the vaginal bleeding you are having after your laparoscopic subtotal hysterectomy (LSH). While some amount of bleeding is possible after surgery, as your gynecologist has assured you, this bleeding should gradually become less as the days go by. Since you say that the bleeding is gradually getting heavier instead of tapering off, I would strongly suggest that you see your gynecologist at the earliest.

      While LSH is considered to be a relatively safe surgery, with chances of much less bleeding during the operation, persistent vaginal bleeding can sometimes be a complication, often related to the cervical stump that is left in place. A checkup by your gynecologist should be able to rule out any worrying cause for your bleeding.

      I hope that my answer has been of help to you.

  • Margaret Hall

    I failed to mention that my procedure was done laproscopically. I suppose it was a subtotal hysterectomy since my cervix was left in place.

  • Melissa

    My surgery was July 26 when I had a hysterectomy. Started with the Divinci but complications made me have to be opened completely. 2 hours and 45 minutes later I came out of surgery. Apparently when I had a tumor removed 10 years ago and opened completely up the scar tissue attached to my intestines causing issues. I’ve been bleeding since the surgery. It gets really bright read and heavy. Like a normal period. My doctor is going to do surgery again to attempt to find out what’s going on. Part of my cervix had to be left because it was so embedded in scar tissue that I started losing blood during the surgery they stopped as they didn’t want to have to give me a transfusion. I apparently have cyst next to my bladder now. . . is this normal? I’m so tired of this crap.

    • Dr. Chris

      Hi Melissa

      It cannot be called normal or abnormal. Bottom line is that the scar tissue, adhesions should not have been present when your gynecologist went it to do the hysterectomy. But it was, given your previous surgery and he had to do his best to achieve the goals of the operation while minimizing complications in light of the unusual (not abnormal) situation. In most women who undergo a hysterectomy, this does NOT occur but then most may not have had previous abdominal surgery. Just follow through with your doctor, allow him to take it step by step by doing the necessary investigations and so on. It is a more complicated case but if viable, a second operation will achieve all the initial goals.

  • sara

    I am having some spotting every day and sometimes more then that. It has only been two weeks since my hysterectomy and I know I should be patient but the unknown has me a little shaken. How long should this bleeding last. I was told that there would be very little bleeding after my surgery.

    • Dr. Chris

      Hi Sara

      There is no exact time line for when a little spotting etc should stop. It is not always considered abnormal BUT it should always be reported to your gynecologist and more serious causes need to be excluded. It is not uncommon for this to happen in the first 4 to 6 weeks, sometimes on a daily basis, provided that it is very little and some women report the odd slight bleed up to 3 months or so. But like I said, there is no exact time line. 2 weeks is still early and therefore not unexpected but see your doctor to put your mind at ease. A heavy bleed is ABNORMAL and needs immediate medical attention.

  • Diana

    I had a vaginal hysterectomy 6 days ago with minimal bleeding, but I started bleeding heavier today and also had a blood clot is this normal or should I be concerned ?

    • Dr. Chris

      Hi Diana

      It does happen and can persist for weeks after the surgery but it is usually minor. You should see your gynecologist though to ensure that there is no rupture that could be causing this bleed, which may have been previously “plugged” by the blood clot that was expelled.

  • Candy

    I had a full Hhysterectomy two weeks ago, I started spoting a week after my sugery, it was done through an incesion in my lower abdomin. It is getting heavier in the last few days more like a period, should I be concerned, I can feel the flow of blood regularly and I am having pain along with the flow.

    • Dr. Chris

      Hi Candy

      Light spotting or bleeding is not uncommon after a hysterectomy. The fact that its increasing, plus the pain, means that you should see a doctor as soon as possible.

  • tracy

    I had a total vaginal hysterectomy 3 weeks ago. I have had discharge (clear to pink)every day since. Last night I began to see frank blood, enough that it nearly soaks a pantyliner. It is still present this morning. How much a cause for concern is this?

    • Dr. Chris

      Hi Tracy

      It is difficult to say just how serious it could be. Ideally you should see your gynecologist as so soon as you can. Any sign of pain requires IMMEDIATE medical attention.

  • lonnia

    I had a lsh 8 months ago I had internal bleeding. Now I’m starting to bleeding again with minor cramps is this normal?

    • Dr. Chris

      Hi Lonnia

      Light spotting may occur but its not common where it occurs so long after the surgery. Pain or cramping should not be present. You should see your gynecologist immediately.

  • Matt

    My significant other is currently going through some problems regarding abnormal bleeding post emergency hysterectomy surgery. She has been going through chemotherapy to rid her body of lymphoma Cancer and has recently went into remission for a second time. She also has a glioblastoma tumor located on the back side of her brain which she received as much treatment as possible for (chemo/radiation). Doctors were unable to remove this tumor given the location and the high risk involved. On a side note, she has also been fainting more now than ever. It used to be once every 2-3 months, now she’s bound to faint at least once a day, usually in the morning or at night when in bed. I feel that this is an important fact to include as it’ll broaden the scope of possibilities if fainting could be a symptom of a potential ailment. 2 months ago, she was rushed into the ER and it was soon found out that she needed an emergency hysterectomy. The surgery left her with only her Cervix intact. THe bleeding slowed down after the first week of surgery, but has continued to get worse since. She’s seen a Gynecologist regarding this issue and was only given some “maybe this or that” scenarios. Her Gynecologist put her on birth control and advised her to take one every 8 hours for 3 days than after 3 days take one pill a day. When taking the pill every 8 hours, her bleeding stopped but soon continued after taking the once a day dosage. Her gynecologist advised her to go to the ER if the bleednig persists past a week. She went to the ER, and had an Ultrasound to only find out once again that there was nothing visibly wrong. There’s obviously something wrong as this is not normal. Her blood tests come up with numbers in the normal range including her hemoglobin. SHe’s been bleeding non stop with golf ball sized clots for about 2 months. It is difficult because she does not have medical insurance. I’ve researched online for situations that are similar, but given her variables it’s difficult to find someone with similar ailments. We’re both lost with nowhere to go. ANY help or direction would be most appreciated. She’s been through so much and this is the proverbial “icing on the cake”. She is 23 years old. Could this be due to a complication after surgery regarding the stitches? Did the cuts not heal properly? Is this a hormone imbalance? Everytime she goes to the doctor they release her and tell her there’s nothing wrong. 4 times of this happening, once after being instructed to go to the ER to get help, soon becomes extremely discouraging. Any form of direction would be most appreciated

    • Dr. Chris

      Hi Matt

      This could very well be a hormonal problem and possibly there are other complications following the surgery like a mild, chronic infection. Autoimmune conditions, clotting disorders and so on are also a possibility. It is a fairly complicated case when you look at it in isolation without considering previous findings (prior to the hysterectomy, other possibly features since teens and so on). Therefore it is essential that you stay with a single doctor and request a referral to another practitioner when necessary. This will ensure that the medical records are carried over so that there is some continuity rather than each practitioner starting again from scratch.

      Since she is still undergoing chemo, these are also factors to consider and communication between her oncologist and gynecologist is important. Rushing to the ER without following up afterwards with a doctor/specialist does not help in the overall assessment of her case. Insurance is obviously an issue but the correct channels have to be followed in order for this condition to be recorded and evaluated accordingly. There is not much that we can say just based on this information that you have provided. Your partner needs to discuss these issues with her doctor(s) and possibly request a referral to other specialists who her doctors may find will be able to shed more light onto the situation. Once again, the funding issue does become a problem.

      Remember without considering the findings of previous clinical investigations, your partner’s medical history and so on, just focusing on the current symptoms may be not provide a true indication on the nature and progression of the causative condition(s).

  • Matt

    I’d also like to include that her vagina hurts immensely. She advised me that just the ultrasound alone today hurt her, while the person administering the ultrasound didn’t see anything unusual.

  • Karen

    I am 42 years old. I had a partial hysterectomy 1 year ago. I had uterine fibroids and endometriosis. The endometriosis had attached my uterus and one ovary to my back wall, which the Dr. had to scrape out to remove. About two weeks after surgery I had very heavy bleeding due to a hematoma that lasted 2 weeks. Before surgery I had very bad lower back pain that kept me awake at nights, because of the attachments, after surgery my back pain went away. Now for about the past 6 months my lower back pain is returning to where I am having problems sleeping again and I am also having some spotting of blood (bright red) several times a month. Could my endometriosis have returned??

    • Dr. Chris

      Hi Karen

      Yes, it is possible but there could be other causes here that you may be missing and you should see your gynecologist immediately. Pain with bleeding should never be ignored so long after a hysterectomy.

  • crystalyn

    hi, I had a subtotal hysto. on Dec. 6th (removed uterus and one ovary), had a hematoma but that resolved and no other complications. Had hardly any vaginal bleeding afterwards, hardly even spotting. Then today I started experiencing vaginal bleeding, not spotting, that is dark and I have eveloped lower right side abdominal pain and pulling. Especially when I sit up. Any ideas? I have 4+ week post op. later this week. Thanks in advance for your response and time.

    • Dr. Chris

      Hi Crystalyn

      You should see a doctor. The presence of pain is more worrying that just he bleeding on its own. It is not uncommon for spotting/light bleeding to be reported a short while after the surgery but pain should not be present. See your doctor immediately just to exclude any other serious causes.

  • sansil

    Hi am a 53 years old and I had a vaginal hysterechtomy 7 years ago…my uterus and cervex were removed but I still have both overies. I suddenly started having light pink vaginal bleeding….I do have vaginal dryness….but never had bleeding. What could this be?

    • Dr. Chris

      Hi Sansil

      This could be due to atrophic vaginitis which occurs with a drop in hormone levels. Here the vagina dries excessively and the lining thins thereby making it very prone to bleeding due to trauma (like during intercourse) or with infections. Another possibility is vaginal cancer, which is quite uncommon but should be kept in mind given your age and history. I would advise that you see your gynecologist IMMEDIATELY.

  • Tramaine

    Hello, I am 25yrs old, and I had an abdominal hysterectomy in Nov of 2010. Well I had my first sexual encounter a few days ago,and awoke this morning feeling really faint, minor pale pink spotting, and pain after urination. Could this be bad?

    • Dr. Chris

      Hi Tramaine

      This may occur given that this is your first time, however, the concern here with the painful urination is that it may be a sexually transmitted infection. Another possibility as well, is pregnancy. I would advise that you see a doctor immediately.

  • ngooden34

    I had a vaginal hysterectomy on 11/04/2013 I went and saw my GYN she found a lesion on my vaginal cuff should I be concern!

    • Hi. Until the cytology (microscopic examination of the cells) is done there is no way of saying for sure just how serious it is. You may be concerned and naturally so. But await your doctor’s feedback from lab reports. Some studies have suggested that over 90% of women who have undergone hysterectomy for benign reasons have no abnormalities on routine vaginal cuff smears. However, the only way to say for sure is to await your doctor’s feedback.

  • Carrie Moore

    I’m 44 and had an abdominal hysterectomy in June of 2013. The uterus, cervix and fallopian tubes were removed due to a huge fibroid. Still have my ovaries. The vaginal incision healed completely. No granulation. No complications. Normal pap smears. Follow up vaginal and abdominal scans showed no issues. No STD’s. No other health issues whatsoever. Not taking any medications. In good health overall.

    Ten months later in April 2014, I noticed a small amount of spotting. Dark brown. Lot of pain in internal vaginal area. Went to doctor. Upon examination, which was very painful, the nurse practitioner saw something round, small, firm, dark brown/red in color. She said it was a cyst. Located far back in vagina on left side. Hard to get to. Told me it wasn’t serious. Pain and bleeding lasted for about two to three days then went away.

    Two weeks later, it happened again. Couldn’t get in to see doctor while bleeding was occurring. Once I did see the gynecologist, the bleeding had once again stopped and upon examination there wasn’t anything to see, although there was still internal pain on the left side when speculum inserted and upon pelvic examination by hand. Was told it could be endometrial cells that migrated into my vagina during surgery when uterus removed. I was never diagnosed with this previously nor have I ever had any unexplained bleeding. Only gynecological problem I ever had were the fibroids. Was told to watch it and see if it occurs again.

    Well another two weeks later, it’s back again. Bleeding a little brighter this time but still not a lot of it. Pain is back too. Not sure who to see about this. I haven’t had sex since my hysterectomy. No pain in external vaginal area, abdomen or rectal area. Pain feels “inside” of my vagina. No change in bladder/bowel function. What does this sound like to you?

  • Kellie

    I am 42, I had a hysterectomy in March 2009 I went for my follow-up six week checkup after the hysterectomy have not followed up since. The hysterectomy was for cervical cancer that was spreading they removed my cervix, uterus, tubes, and right ovary and that was an emergency hysterectomy leaving me with only my left ovary… Recently I had some itching, severe irritation, redness, with some bleeding in my vagina. I went to Centra Care walk in clinic. The doctor tested for STDs and diagnosed me with vaginitis and vaginal bleeding she seemed very concerned about something called Vulvar cancer, I’ve never heard of it. She made me promise that if she found a GYN for me that I would go, so she made an appointment for me late July.. I am nervous about going.. what are the symptoms? Is there a cure? How serious can this be?

    • Hi Kellie. The vulva is the skin on the outer parts of your genital. Most people refer to it as the vagina, but the vagina is actually the tube like canal that is inside the body and leads to the uterus. Vulvar cancer is a malignant growth on this outer skin.

      As with any cancer, it can be serious depending on the stage and grade of the tumor. Your risk of vulvar cancer will be significant higher given your history of cervical cancer. However, this may not be vulvar cancer so do not stress unnecessarily until your gynecologist confirms a diagnosis.

      The treatment is largely the same for other types of cancer – surgery to remove the cancer and any affected tissue. Sometimes some lymph nodes may be removed. Depending on your case, radiation therapy and/or chemotherapy may be necessary. Your gynecologist will be able to advise you further. Do not miss that appointment.

  • you asked

    I may be a little late to the conversation, but I hope that my comment can help others. First of all, for anyone who reads this that is having post hysterectomy bleeding – be your own advocate. If you have tests to see why you are bleeding, ask for a copy of every single test so that you can see for yourself what is being said. Here is why.

    I had a total hysterectomy 27 years ago. Almost 2 years ago I began having light bleeding vaginally. I also had sharp, stabbing pain that felt like I was being stabbed in my vaginal area with an ice pick. I made appointment with gynecologist who told me everything was “normal” & that I should use estrogen cream vaginally for atrophic vaginitis. Well, that didn’t work. I have had 2nd opinion by another gynecologist who did nothing beyond a pelvic exam. I have seen colorectal specialists, who then sent me to a gastroenterologist. They ordered a few tests & told me it was “probably” adhesions & pelvic floor dysfunction. I was told I would probably need surgery, but since it would be extensive, I should “take time to consider it”. I spent the next year, continuing to spot & have pain. I finally decided enough was enough & was prepared to have surgery, if it would stop the pain & bleeding. I went back to the doctor who recommended the surgery. I was told that they would not do the surgery & I must have “misunderstood”. My husband told them that we didn’t “misunderstand” because he was right there when they recommended it.

    I asked every doctor I had seen during this 2 year period to send me copies of every test I had done, because I was going to get yet another opinion. Imagine my surprise, as I was reviewing the tests that an erythematous lesion was noted in my vagina & a pelvic mass had been detected 11/2 years prior & nobody told me. I had been told that all tests were normal. The radiologist noted in his report that I had a total hysterectomy, 27 years prior, but his impression that the mass “might be an ovary”. Now how the heck can it be an ovary, when both were removed at the same time my uterus & fallopian tubes were removed?

    I have not been sexually active, because it is just too painful, so I can’t comprehend how there could be an erythematous lesion in my vagina. The tests also showed an adrenal tumor (not really worried about that), dilated intrahepatic & extrahepatic ducts & lesions in my brain. My primary physician has referred me to a surgeon & the surgeon has repeated all tests to see what the pelvic mass is & has ordered an ERCP to see why the ducts in liver would be dilated so much. He has also ordered numerous blood tests & additional tests. The latest tests on my brain lesions are not showing up, so that will be repeated at another date.

    So, whenever you have tests, be your own advocate & always ask for a copy of your tests. Just because they “say” everything is normal, doesn’t mean they are always telling you the truth.

    • Hi YouAsked. Thank you for sharing your experience with others. It will surely prove useful to many and give them some direction when attempting to make sense of their condition.

  • dimples

    Hi I have a question. .I had a partial hysterectomy about 5 urs ago…I still have ny ovaries. I noticed I had a brown discharge. .what does this mean??

    • Hi Dimples. As you can see from the article above, there are many possible causes of brown discharge. While the uterus is not involved, it could be an infection of the vagina and cervix. You may want to read up more on pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). But it can also be the sign of very serious conditions like cervical cancer. It would be advisable to see your gynecologist as soon as possible.

  • candace

    Hi my name is Candace.
    I am 26 years old. I had a hysterectomy three months ago due to abnormal bleeding following a cone biopsy of my cervix. I had precancerous cells removed. I had three operations afterwards in hopes to stop the unexplained bleeding. My concern now is, as I mentioned its been three months since my hysterectomy and every time I have intercourse I bleed extremely bad. So bad that I have to wear a pad for the remainder of the night so I dont mess up my sheets. I also experience pain in my abdomen and sometimes my ovaries. Please shed some light for me, will I ever be normal again? Should this be alarming? Thanks in advance!!

  • Renee Collins

    I had a partial hysterectomy an I am only 25 I just notice this pink discharge an it’s almost been a year since my surger. I have also been having lots of pain in plevic area. what should I do

  • Savannah

    I had a hysterectomy, will be 10 years on 08/24/15 at the age of 20 due to endometriosis and pre cancerous cervical cells. I have had few problems over the years with pain and spotting. Here in the last month or so after intercourse I bleed, and it’s not light its like moderate period. I am not sure what to do, other than pray and wait for a appt. Are there any suggestions on what it might be??

  • Chelsea

    I am 27 had hysterectomy 18 days ago I only spotted for a few days 4 at most today I did a lot of walking now I am bleeding I have some back pain more than before but nothing severe should I be concerned ?

    • Chris

      Hi Chelsea

      I too had an hysterectomy about 4 weeks ago today. I was spotting a few days after an nothing for about 1 week. Then all of a sudden I started bleeding and it has not stop. It’s been about 3 weeks now and to this day I have yet to receive an answer from my surgeon why I’m bleeding. He ran blood test and a urine test. Gave me antibiotics and gave me Uricalm I was to take for 5 days and her it is day 7 and I’m still bleeding and have stomach pain around my incision. This is crazy and I really didn’t want this surgery. Ithe took me 1 year to have the surgery and I was told I needed the surgery because my 1 fibroid was as big as a newborn baby head. Come to find out it was as big as a baby watermelon and not to mention I had a total.of 9. Not the 1 that the GYN was seizing for over a year and a half. Sad. I go back to the Dr in October. If I find more information I’ll let you know good luck to you

  • Nona R

    Hello I’m 32 I had a full hysterectomy about 8 yrs ago. I do have vaginal dryness. I have not had intercourse in months due to severe pain. I am having bright red spotting. Everything I have read is not giving me much information. I do not have insurance so I can not just run to Dr. Any help would be appreciated.

  • Marlene Nicole Ross

    I am 41 and 8 weeks post hysterectomy. Was done on August 24th. Complete hysterectomy was done (uterus, ovaries, tubes as well as two large tumors on my right side were removed). Whenever I lie on my right side too long I’ll start spotting. Yesterday it was a couple of drops of fresh blood while on the toilet. I told my doctor about this at my 6 week check up and she was rather nonchalant about it. This never happens when I lay in my left side, only my right. What could cause this?

  • Teisha Johnson

    Hello I am a 45 year old who had my uterus removed in 2012. I have had vaginal bleeding on and off every year since then. Some times it is just spotting and others it is a little heavier. It starts and usually stops. I had this problem last year and the doctor said that I had some problems with my cervics but not to worry, it would correct itself. The bleeding stopped but now it has started back as of yesterday and the cramping is killing me. The bleeding start as just spotting when I wiped now it is pink and heavier. The doctor prescribed ciprofloxacin for a UTI that I was not diagnosed with but called and said I had pain when I had to urinated and barely was peeing when it felt like I had to go urgently. Now I am spotting again and I would like to know if it could be the antibiotics causing this or something more serious. I will be contacting my primary care doctor on Monday. Because I haven’t had cramps in a very long time. It only happens when I have the bleeding. And I haven’t had the bleeding in over two years since the last time. Should I be concerned or is this something I will have to look forward to for more years to come.

  • Roxy M.

    Hi, I had a LAVH partial hysterectomy on September 13th. My ovaries were left in by my request since no history of cancer. I’ve suffered with Endometriosis and Fibroids since I was 21 years old and had four previous surgeries for that. I also had severe cramping, heavy bleeding and irregular periods. I’m 44 years old and was never able to have children. My Hysterectomy surgery was a nightmare and I had complications during such of excessive blood loss. I woke up in severe pain after my surgery and was admitted to the hospital. I later fainted several times but I’m still in quite a bit of pain. I’m changing my pad daily because of blood which I was told is normal after a hysterectomy. However today I noticed fresh blood in my urine and it’s not getting any lighter. I still have abdominal pain as well as pain felt deep inside my vagina. I feel as if I’m being stabbed in my vagina and a deep feeling pain when I urinate. I had felt as if I pulled something in my lower left abdominal area, right near my one port incision from surgery. I also had a bruise in that area the size of two grapefruits put together and it’s now slowly going away. I’m very concerned about the pain with fresh bleeding present and not sure what to do? It’s the middle of the night and I know I can’t drive myself to the ER in this pain right now. I should mention I have been very careful as to not lift anything over 5 pounds, nor have I had Intercourse. Should I be alarmed, what could it possibly be? Thank you for your time.

  • Jerri Berry

    Carrie, my situation sounds most like yours. Mine was a vaginal surgery so I just assumed the dr took out cervix and 1 ovary. It happened about 16 yrs. ago and just recently I have started bleeding, some dark blood but mostly clots and bright blood. I have also begun to have horrible cramps that feel like just really bad menstrual cramps which is impossible to have. Dr. told me I should have only one atrophied ovary left, nothing else. I have also had upward spikes of pain into the vagina that feels like an icepick being thrust up inside of me. Just luckily one day I was bleeding pretty heavily so he did a pelvic exam,He said it was definitely coming from my vagina, the incision from my hysterectomy specifically. So the next time i visit his office he is going to cauterize the incision. What bothers me about this is how can it explain the cramping/pain? Idk, I just thought any of you might have some ideas.