First Bleeding Between Periods

Published: October 31, 2014
Dear TeenHealthFX,

I've had my period since I was 13 and I am currently 19. It has always been pretty regular and consistent, however recently I've been noticing some bleeding which is the same level of flow as my period, but the blood is much lighter than my period blood (it's almost pink). My period isn't due for two weeks and I've never bled between periods before. In January this year I went on the combined oral contraceptive but I stopped it at the beginning of June. Near the middle of July I had unprotected sex and took the morning after pill which delayed my period a little, but by the end of August things were back to normal. I don't think I could be pregnant and having implantation bleeding since the last time I had sex was July and I have no other pregnancy symptoms, but this is my first time bleeding between periods and the blood isn't even the same color with normal period blood. I know you can't officially diagnose over the web but any ideas, suggestions and help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!


Dear First Bleeding Between Periods,

Abnormalities in your cycle can be due to many factors, stress, changes in weight, activity level and certain underlying medical conditions. The menstrual cycle can sometimes be a good indicator that there are things in the body that need attention. I it is important for woman to always listen to what their body is telling them.

What you are experiencing may not be dangerous but it is not normal for you, so you should make an appointment with the doctor as soon as possible to be certain what is going on. Your doctor will be able to go over your history, do an examination and perform any lab work if needed. Once this is completed, he/she will sit down with you and go over the results. 

Since you are sexually active it will also be a perfect time to revisit the issue of birth control.

You didn’t say what led  to decision to stop the oral conceptive. Perhaps it just wasn’t the right one for you and here is the opportunity to have a discussion about what method would best meet your needs. 

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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