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I have normal menstural cycles for the most part. However, last month my period lasted 6 days when it's normally 4. I didn't think much of it until this past month my period was 5 days late then it started on feb 1st and ended on the 4th. Nothing really came out at all on the 4th, my fianc and I had intercourse on the 4th, which I assume cause the rest to come out on feb 5th. Later that week feb 9th I started having a clear watery discharge with spotting that was heavy enough for me to have to wear a tampon, there was also a different smell that I havent encountered before, almost a metal like smell. This continued until this past monday. I thought it had cleared it self up, we again had intercourse the 15th in which I had a decent amount of bleeding during it. I have never had this issue before and I am worried.
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replied February 19th, 2012
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Variation of +/- 5-10 days in your menstrual cycle is considered to be normal. The bleeding can also vary during periods (depending on various hormonal and other factors). The altered vaginal discharge along with spotting during or after intercourse is not a normal symptom and could be suggestive of vaginal infections, internal injury/trauma, cervical erosion or dysplastic changes, uterine fibroids, endometrial polyps, endometritis, ovarian cysts, hormonal derangements affecting the bleeding pattern, anemia etc. It is difficult to comment on the exact cause for the abnormal vaginal bleeding that you describe without examining you. The exact cause can only be made out after careful evaluation. Visit your doctor/gynecologist at the earliest for thorough examination and further evaluation to look for the underlying cause for the vaginal bleeding that you describe. Treatment as needed (based on examination findings and investigations results) would be started to help you to control it and regulate your periods. Consider being in regular monitoring and follow-up with your treating doctor/gynecologist and report any new/abnormal symptoms immediately. Drink plenty of water. Take adequate rest. Maintain healthy diet. If infective cause is detected, get your partner also treated simultaneously to prevent chances of re-infection.
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