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A few days ago, after having vaginal sex I noticed that I was bleeding. I didn't think too much of it because the sex had been quite rough, so I just cleaned up and forgot about it. Today I noticed some spotting that's a very light brown. This has never happened to me before. We weren't using a condom and I'm taking oral contraceptives.

I'm concerned that I might be pregnant, or possibly that there's something else wrong. Help, please?

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Patricia H
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Hi claire,

It's possible that the body is still cleaning out the minor cuts and scrapes from the intercourse earlier, and the light brown is just the old blood that is making its way out of the body. Since you are on oral contraceptives, your risk for pregnancy would already be quite low. However, because a condom wasn't used, you are at risk for STIs, which can get into your body via minor cuts and scrapes in your vaginal region. You can see what possible types of infection you are at risk for here:

Not knowing your partner's sexual history and whether or not your partner has been tested, that would be my primary concern, not so much pregnancy. If you have the time and resources, I'd advise you to get a screening done for STIs, either at your doctor's office or a local health clinic, just to make sure you're ok.

Nolite te bastardes carborundorum. - Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale

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