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DarlingNikki
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I found out I had a std on sept 7th after being tested on the 3rd. I had a normal period which started about two weeks before I was tested. I'm on birth control and my period usually starts on the Saturday before the start of the placebo pills. During the time I was tested they also gave me a pregnancy test which was negative. Oh yeah the last time I had sex was July 31st. I took the medicine they prescribed. However, I started bleeding on Wednesday instead of Saturday. I'm still bleeding now but it hasn't been as heavy as usual. This is starting to freak me out. I was wondering would the stress I've been under and the medicine make my period act out of character? I just have this huge fear that I could be one of those women who don't find out they're pregnant until they have a kid.
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DarlingNikki
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I also just remembered I started this pack 2 days late. So with a combination of all these factors could it cause my period to act weird?
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Heather
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Can you fill me in on what kind of infection you have and what kind of medication you're taking?

Just FYI, starting a pill pack late is one of the BIGGEST ways the pill fails women. So, if you very much do not want to become pregnant, it's very important you always start a pill pack on time, okay? And if you're not backing up with condoms, that not only protects you a lot from STIs, it adds extra pregnancy protection.

[ 09-19-2010, 01:38 PM: Message edited by: Heather ]

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I had Chlamydia and Gonorrhea. I was given Zithromax and Rocephin on the same day. I completely understand that starting pills late has a huge effect on the pills. I didn't really worry about it this cycle because I haven't had sex since July but I will definitely start my new pack on time.
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Okay. Bleeding with Chlamydia, all by itself, is not unusual. As well, given when you started your pack, especially if you didn't make up those missed pills, likely also has something to do with the bleeding.

But do yourself a favor and use condoms henceforth, okay? With fluid-borne infections like the two you got, condoms are known to reduce the risk by over 90%.

You'll also want to check back in with your healthcare provider sometime after your treatment is done to be sure it cleared the infection, especially if you're still having any bleeding.

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I made up the pills according to my insert. The last time I had sex I used a condom but I'm guessing it broke. I had made a post about my situation in the support group forum about a week ago. Would bleeding from chlamydia look like period bleeding? It seems like I'm on my period now it's just kind of erratic and started on a wednesday instead of saturday when it normally does.
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It could, but it's more typically lighter spotting. But not always.

So, again, I'd just keep an eye on it, and when you talk to your doctor again after your treatment, fill them in on the bleeding, especially if you still have it after your treatment.

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Oh yeah, I pills I took for Chlamydia was one dose so I took it on the 7th and that was it. The nurse at student health said that I wouldn't need to come back for a check up because the medicine is extremely effective.
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Well, often it is, but sometimes one treatment alone doesn't do it. A follow-up visit is ideal, especially if -- as it sounds in your case -- someone had an infection for months before treatment.

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If you had an infection for months would symptoms just randomly show up? I figured something was wrong after the last time I had sex because I had an abnormal amount of discharge, nausea, and lower back pain about a week after which according to the info sheet I was given are signs of chlamydia.
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For most people, most of the time, most STIs are asymptomatic: in other words, don't show any noticeable symptoms at all. That's why only getting tested if and when someone has symptoms is not the sound way to manage testing, but instead, regular testing as a habit is recommended.

Those things very much can be, and may have been, signs of Chlamydia. But not knowing when your last test for STIs was, there's no telling when you got it and how long you had it for unless you can at least reference the last time you were tested for it and had a negative result.

I'm really glad you went in and got seen, by the way. Sometimes we have to tell users to get checked for months, even years, before they do. Good on you for stepping up to take care of yourself well.

[ 09-19-2010, 02:30 PM: Message edited by: Heather ]

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I was received a full Sti screening at my gyn office back in march of this year and everything came back negative.
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Okay, so you can know that you contracted it sometime between then and now.

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Thank you for the compliment! I take my personal health very serious. I just wish a lot of other people could do the same.
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Me too! [Smile]

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