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ShortAndSweet
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So I experienced some vaginal bleeding in October of 2012. It went away, then I would say about a month ago or so I started randomly bleeding (not on my period) and it has not gone away. The worst time was Saturday when I was having sex with my boyfriend and I bled all over during it. I did not know it was happening at all. I made a doctor appointment but I am scared. Any thoughts?
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Molias
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Are you current with your STI testing? Bleeding during/after intercourse can be a symptom of some STIs. That's something to ask about when you get in to see the doctor.

Beyond that thought, though, there's no way to know what's up; your doctor is really going to be the best person to give you answers here, so it's good that you made an appointment.

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do you think I should be nervous? sti's?
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Heather
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STI = sexually transmitted infections.

Have you and your boyfriend been practicing safer sex consistently, like using condoms for all oral, vaginal and/or anal sex? If so, there are still STI risks, but they are typically low. If not, then things like intercourse without condoms do pose high STI risks, so that's why Robin asked you about testing.

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Do you think that fact that I missed a pill a month ago has to do with this? i dropped a pill and neverfound it, but I resumes taking it the next day.
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We have not been using condoms no. I feel dumb, but I guess I am learning a valuable lesson now. I hope it isnt too late...?
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Well, you can't turn back time, so all you can do moving forward is a) get tested, and b) change your safer sex habits so you ARE using barriers to reduce your risks.

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Yea. Do you think at all it is possibly because I did not take a pill a month ago? I dropped it and I didnt take it one day because I could not find it. I resumed it like normal the next day. Would missing 1 pill do this?
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That's possible, too. But having on and off bleeding for weeks -- and not just a little spotting in your cycle once or twice -- strikes me as not likely being about one missed pill.

But even if you weren't having ANY bleeding, if you've been having unprotected sex, we'd advise testing, since you have been taking high risks of STIs and most of the time, with most infections, no one has any noticeable symptoms. So, testing is the only way we can know if we're well or if we have a sexually transmitted infection.

Too, unexplained vaginal bleeding for a month is something to always see a doctor about.

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