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luanne
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I had a normal four-day period. Afterward I went about cheerfully with normal discharge for eight days. Then my boyfriend fingered me, and that was normal too, but when I sat up I saw streaks of blood on my thighs and blood on his hand. He didn't tear me. I felt fine. He said it didn't feel any different from normal discharge. But there was a lot of it, more than spotting but less than a period, and two hours later it was still going. I'm a virgin and not on birth control. Is this just normal, or should I see a doctor?

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I'm thinking about possible causes of vaginal bleeding:

It's possible, but unlikely, that your hymen did break, although you would probably have noticed that. Most women wear away their hymens during childhood, by running and jumping and climbing and so on. But some hymens hang in. Who knows. If you took a mirror and looked at your vulva right now, you'd probably see some signs of that if that's what happened. You'd probably also be a little sore, externally.

Or, he might indeed have torn something - microtearing in the vagina can bleed like crazy, because there are so many blood vessels in the area. Microtearing also isn't always painful. You might not notice.

One other possibility is that you're experiencing mid-cycle spotting around ovulation. If that's the case, it'll go away on it's own in a day or so. (You would need to talk to a doctor about what ovulatory spotting means to you. It is often medically insignificant, but hey - it's new, it's worth taking a look at.)

The basic rundown on bleeding is that if you develop a fever, feel dizzy or faint, experience painful cramping, go through more than one pad in less than two hours, or if the blood starts to smell like something rotting, go to the ER. If none of these things apply, wait a bit, and see if you're still bleeding tomorrow. For better tracking of odd bleeding, and to let any possible microtears heal, pads are a better choice then tampons for dealing with this.

Sometimes bleeding can be related to cysts or polyps, which may be harmless, but should be checked out.

I would also strongly recommend that you look into seeing a gynecologist. While you are still a virgin, you are also clearly in a sexual relationship, which will have occasional health concerns. There's a lot of peace of mind in knowing who to call if anything seems odd.

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