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Like Her Period - But It's Not

Published: May 01, 2014
Dear TeenHealthFX,

Ok my girlfriend and I have been having sex for a while and every time we do she bleeds afterwards, like her period, but it's not. And recently she has had some lower stomach pain, I am fairly sure she has no stds. She is 16. And I would like to find a way to figure out what is wrong before telling her parents.


Dear Like Her Period - But It's Not,

The only way you will be able to identify the problem without her parent’s knowing is to be seen by a health professional at a Teen Clinic or Planned Parenthood. Not that this is a bad option, but we noticed that you had said, “I would like to find a way.” Is your girlfriend of the same mind or would she feel more comfortable having the support of her parents. She probably is very scared and it is very important that her feelings are prioritized since she is the one experiencing pain. 

You both also need to get tested for Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD’s). Being “fairly certain,” is not good enough. If you both had discussed your sexual history with each other and used a condom each and every time, then then you could be fairly positive that this was not an issue. If either one of you had engaged in high risk sexual behavior in the past it is possible to have an infection and be symptom free. You could infect another person without knowing it. 

If you haven’t already, then you will also need to discuss another form of birth control aside from using a condom. If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health in Morristown 973-971-6475 or the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health in Summit at 908-522-5757 for an appointment. Outside this area contact your local teen health center or Planned Parenthood.

 

 

 

 

 

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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