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lovepink888
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I got my last period on January 9th 2014. My periods are regular and are nearly on time every month, usually fluctuating between the 9th and the 12th. My periods usually last 5-7 days. On January 20th, I started have a light brownish/bloody discharge only when I wiped. Then on the third day of this it was a very dark blood and brown. I went to the OB/GYN and by that time the dark discharge was done. I continued having the light brownish/red discharge the next day and then it ended. The OB/GYN said it was most likely breakthrough bleeding and sent me home. I still have no gotten my period. I have not had sex nor have I done anything overly sexual with my boyfriend. What is going on? Im starting to panic.
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Heather
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So, just so you know, if over many months, your periods have always come between the 9th and 12th, they actually are not all that regular. That is because we count a cycle by how many days it is from the first day of one period to the next, and the months do not have the same amount of days. Staying around the same dates for a few months can happen with regular cycles, but after that, there will usually be a shift to different fates for a bit if those cycles stay regular. See what I mean?

You OB mentioned breakthrough bleeding: is that because you are using the pill or another hormonal method of birth control?

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I am not on any form of birth control and have never been sexually active in my entire lifetime. I am 21 years old.
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Okay, so if you have never engaged in any kind of sex, then you know pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections are a nonissue.

Breakthrough bleeding is generally a term used about bleeding for those using hormonal methods of birth control, so I am not sure what your doctor meant when she used that term, you would have to ask her.

But if she saw nothing to be concerned about, then I am not seeing a cause for concern, either. Bodies are weird sometimes, and same goes for periods and uteruses.

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If I don't get my period soon what would you recommend I do? Why would I have had the 4 days of random bleeding?
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We can't possibly know that, nor can we even know if it was random. Sometimes, too, soon after a period or at the end of one, some old flow that did not make its way out comes out, it could have been that, too. But again, we can't ask your uterus what it's been up to to say.

Since it seems nothing is wrong, and like this may have even been a period, unless you go a whole other month without any flow or spotting, I would not be concerned. If it is another month or more without what looks and feels like your period, I would just call into your healthcare provider and ask them if they think they need to see you.

Really, the right person to ask these questions of is the OB you already see. Did she say you need to do anything?

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No she said she believed it was ovulation bleeding and that I would be fine. She gave me a pap smear to check for issues and said it was normal. She did give me antibiotics because she detected some bacteria but that was all.
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Ah, ovulation spotting is different than breakthrough bleeding, and yes, that is one possibility.

It sounds like your doc has you all taken care of here: why not just stick to her care and advice?

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Thank you for all your help! I just wanted another opinion. I appreciate it [Smile]
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