My cycle started on Mar 4th and its usually 5 days long [sometimes I count 6 if it was a little heavier].. Anyway appox.the 21st I started getting a heavy DARK DARK discharge.. No fowl smell -- in fact it smelt and resembled another period. Well today is the 26th and it finally has stopped.. It wasnt as heavy as a usual period but it was enough to really annoy me. Im worried. I dont have any crazy prego symptoms or anything of that nature.. In fact, my period isnt due to begin until roughly the 2nd to the 4th.
Whats going on?! Should I be concerned?
I did have intercourse with my bf prior to this, perhaps the 17th but we are always extremely careful and well protected.. Neither of us have a history of any STDs or HIV or anything of that nature..
I am not on birth control but am strongly considering it.. Right now we rely on a condom and the "withdraw" method.. [at the same time of course].. So even with a condom, and he climaxes, its never internal.
Am I freaking out over nothing?
I also want to add, I did not have any cramping or breast soreness.
I am considering being checked out.. Who do I go to for these tests? A general/family practitioner? Will they be able to run std/hiv/pregnancy tests? As well as do a general exam for my over all health?
If I don't make it soon enough, when is the earliest I can take a home test?
If I get my period normally [the 2nd] am I okay to assume all is well? Or should i still do all those tests ?
Sounds like you are freaking out. Relax, if this is mid-cycle bleeding, it could be from rough sex, your cervix getting bumped, nothing, hormones, etc. Rarely does bleeding indicate pregnancy.
Being 'checked'? What does that mean to you? A pregnancy test? You can buy those for less than $10 at the store. The earliest you can test is going to be about April 1st. Which would be 4 full weeks after your period and around when you would expect your next period.
As far as being checked for STDs, YES do it. You can go to planned parenthood and get free or low cost care for any STDs/birth control needs.