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Seashell
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First off, let me say that I THINK I had my period. It felt like a period, and acted like a period, but certainly didn't LOOK like my normal period.

My last "normal" period was August 20 and lasted about five days, with only two days of heavy, fresh blood (normally lasts seven with three days of heavy, fresh blood). My most recent one began the Sunday before last and lasted seven days, but only consisted of old, dark brown blood. Like most periods, it was light, then heavy, then light, complete with acne breakouts and some cramps near the beginning and end.

HOWEVER...this isn't normal for me at all because have been diagnosed with von Willebrand's Disease—a type of bleeding disorder.

I have not been on birth control for four months, but have not have sexual intercourse (I DID go skinny dipping where sex may have been happening, but since the vagina is closed during swimming, and you can't get pregnant that way anyways, I'd say that doesn't count. [Razz] ).

Any idea what's going on and whether that was my period or whether I should ready the pads for another round?

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Robin Lee
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HI Seashell and welcome to Scarleteen.

The amount of uterine lining can vary from cycle to cycle, which accounts for variations in the amount, duration, and pacing (light days versus heavy days) of a menstrual bleed. So, what you're describing isn't abnormal or cause for concern for most people.

However, since you do have a diagnosed bleeding disorder, it sounds like it would be a good idea to at least check in with your doctor's office by phone to see if this is anything to worry about in your case.

Sex in water holds the same pregnancy risks or not-risks as sex on dry land; so if there was any contact between a bare vulva and bare penis during the skinny-dipping that would pose a pregnancy risk. If there was no such contact, it's safe to assume there was no risk.

So, again, I'd suggest just giving your doctor a call and speaking with the nurse or medical assistant--or doctor, if you can--and asking if the types of periods you've been having are anything to wory about.

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Seashell
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Well, there was contact between someone else's bare penis and bare vulva, but not mine. I distinctly remembering staying as far away from that couple as possible. I have been considering getting a pregnancy test just to allay my fears, but at 22, I feel stupid doing that, because I should know better. In addition, I had the August period three days after the skinny dipping incident, so maybe I'm just a worry wart.

I have an appointment for my annual the 17.

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Robin Lee
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[Smile] No one else's sexual activity will cause you to become pregnant, not even in water. [Smile]

Know too that changes in bleeding during your period are not indications of pregnancy.


You know, it's absolutely okay for you to take a pregnancy test if that would ease your fears. There's no such thing as being too old to worry about something, even if we rationally know it's nothing to worry about.

If you have your annual appointment next month, it's fine, in my opinion, to just wait and mention it then.

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Seashell
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I knew this was the case. [Smile]

That being said, thanks for all your help. My main question was whether I had had my period or not or whether I should be prepping for the usual "mass murder" scene later, and researching online gave me the usual "OMG, you're pregnant!" answer, which was...not what I was looking for.

This is why I love Scarlet Teen. You give honest, no nonsense answers. Sex ed at its finest!

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Robin Lee
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Most glad to be of help! [Smile]

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