I'm having a bit of an embarassing problem. I'm wondering if its due to my use of birth control, and not something more serious. I've been on birth control regularly for many years, but have only been having sex regularly for the last 2. A couple of months ago I missed a couple pills as I forgot to bring them on a business trip. My period started and lasted for the remaining weeks of that cycle. Things seemed normal for a couple months after that. This month, I went out of town again and didn't have my prescription filled in time. So I started my pills a couple days later than usual. I didn't think this would cause any problems. Everything is normal, except when I have sex with my boyfriend. My discharge is bloody. There's no sign of it at any other time. Did I bring this on myself by not using my birth control correctly, or what else could be causing this?
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Bleeding/spotting during or after intercourse could be suggestive of could be suggestive of vaginal infections like Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Trichomonas, vaginitis, cervical erosion, cervical dysplasia, hormonal disturbances due to use of contraceptive pills, presence of uterine or cervical polyps, uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, endometrial polyps, endometritis, adenomyosis, etc. The change in smell could also be suggestive of infective causes. You should consider visiting your gynecologist for examination and vaginal swab/smear culture sensitivity test, PAP smear test and ultrasound scan to look for the exact cause for the bleeding. Get your partner also treated simultaneously to prevent chances of re-infection. Drink plenty of water. Be regular with birth control use. If you miss 2 or more than 2 active pills, you will no longer be protected (if you have unprotected intercourse anytime during that cycle). If you suspect to be pregnant, request your doctor to have a serum/blood HCG test done to confirm/rule out pregnancy accurately.
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