A patient who has had her final menstrual period tells you she is experiencing intermittent vaginal bleeding. You should tell the woman to:
a. make an appointment with her healthcare provider for evaluation.
b. call her healthcare provider if the bleeding worsens.
c. start using an off-label vaginal lubricant.
d. try using a vaginal stimulator to increase circulation.
Correct answer: a. Any bleeding after the final menstrual period (FMP) is considered abnormal and should be evaluated.
To learn more, read the continuing nursing education article: “Guiding your patient through menopause”.