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Bleeding, But It's Not My Period

Published: June 30, 2017
Dear TeenHealthFX,
I'm not on my period and I'm bleeding it's not a period because I don't have cramps but I feel really tired and weak and nauseous. What's wrong with me
Signed: Bleeding, But It's Not My Period

Dear Bleeding, But It's Not My Period,

It is possible for women to experience menstrual periods without any cramps. So if you are bleeding during a time when you would normally expect your period, you may just have your period but without cramps.

There are other possibilities for the bleeding if you are not bleeding when you would normally expect your period, such as the breakthrough bleeding that can occur with certain methods of birth control. However, without knowing where you are in your menstrual cycle, how much you are bleeding, if you are on birth control and if you are sexually active, it is hard for TeenHealthFX to know what could be going on. In addition, feeling tired, weak and nauseous could be connected to the bleeding or it could be a separate issue, such as a virus.

All that said, FX recommends that you meet with your primary care physician, adolescent medicine specialist or gynecologist to find out what is causing this bleeding and if any treatment is needed. If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-5199 for an appointment with an adolescent medicine specialist or contact your local teen health center or Planned Parenthood. A Planned Parenthood health center is a good option if you have concerns about cost or confidentiality issues. You can also contact your insurance company for a list of in-network providers.

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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