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Can a 83 year old woman have a period?

04/10/2009

Question:

My mother in law says she is spotting, she is 83 yrs old, she is a bit strange and mental in my eyes and always looking for attention.

Answer:

No, it is unusual for an 83 year old woman to be "spotting" blood from her vaginal area. If she is truly having vaginal bleeding, suggest your mother-in-law see her primary care health provider as soon as possible.

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Response by:

Evelyn L Fitzwater, DSN, RN Evelyn L Fitzwater, DSN, RN
Associate Professor Emerita
Associate Director of the
College of Nursing
University of Cincinnati