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Is Bleeding After a Hysterectomy Normal? | Ask the Expert
It is not normal to bleed after a complete <a href="https://www.mylifestages.org/health/gynecology/what_is_a_hysterectomy.page">hysterectomy</a> (cervix and uterus), therefore you should be examined by an experienced gynecologist, not an emergency room physician. The blood could be coming from the top of the vagina, the rectum or bladder. If your cervix was left in place, then sometimes a piece of the lower part of the uterus can be left as well and you could be bleeding from this. I am not clear what you had done, when you refer to a “partial hysterectomy”.
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I had a partial hysterectomy when I was 34. I'm now 44 and I'm experiencing vaginal bleeding every 3 months (and anal bleeding once). I haven't been sexually active for a year. An ER visit showed nothing. Is bleeding after a hysterectomy normal?

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Risa KaganRisa KaganGynecologyAlta Bates Summit Medical Center
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Risa KaganGynecologyAlta Bates Summit Medical Center

Dr. Kagan is a ACOG board certified gynecologist, certified by the International Society of Clinical Densitometry as a Certified Clinical Densitometrist (CCD) and a Certified Menopause Practitioner by the North American Menopause Society.

It is not normal to bleed after a complete hysterectomy (cervix and uterus), therefore you should be examined by an experienced gynecologist, not an emergency room physician.

The blood could be coming from the top of the vagina, the rectum or bladder. If your cervix was left in place, then sometimes a piece of the lower part of the uterus can be left as well and you could be bleeding from this. I am not clear what you had done, when you refer to a “partial hysterectomy”.

You also should have an evaluation for why you have had anal bleeding as well. Many women who do not have a regular physician or insurance go to Highland Hospital outpatient gynecology clinic, which has board certified gynecologists on staff who should be able to diagnose why you are bleeding.

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