I looked around online a lot, figuring there'd be a simple answer for this, but I couldn't find anything pertinent. I found some websites about brown discharge or old blood or some brown blood at the beginning of one's period, etc. but that's all.
It's been two days and my period has been brown this whole time. Still reddish, but much more brown than usual. Everything else has been normal; amount of flow and all that. And it's definitely my period.
Information that is unlikely relevant but just in case: I went off the NuvaRing slightly over a month ago, had my period right away, then went back on it yesterday (the same day my next period started, as the prescription instructed). This means I'm pretty sure this is the first period I have had as a result of ovulation in a couple of years - I've been on the NuvaRing, and thus either had my period without ovulation or simply skipped my period, for quite awhile. Could that have anything to do with it? (Though for the first 5 years of having my period I was not on birth control and it certainly wasn't brown)
Anyway, let me know if any of you have any idea what's going on (could iron levels have to do with it?) or if it's no big deal.
Oh! Something else that might be randomly relevant: I started Concerta last week for the first time in several years, and I believe it's been making me kind of dehydrated.
So, now suddenly, after my period's ben over for several days (and had started NINE days ago), I went to the bathroom and there was blood. None on my underwear, but a lot when I wiped. And this time bright red. What on earth is going on????
(note: my guy fingered me about half an hour before this; could it be a cut that I just didn't feel/didn't hurt??)
Addition: no blood came out when being fingered, but my guy said it "smelled different."
As I said earlier, quitting the Nuva Ring and th en starting it back up again can cause some irregular bleeding. So, I'd not be too concerned about this right now. But if this has you worried, you can also give your doctor a call.
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