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An_250524 posted:
ok I am 35 years old and not taking any birth control, I am not due to have my period for another 2 weeks however, I had unprotected sex yesterday and noticed it was a little pink, after sex is this normal? I have 3 kids my youngest is 13 and this is new to me. I don't know if I should be concerned. I do not take any birth control or use condoms. I am a type1 diabetic with thyroid problems. HELP!!
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georgiagail responded:
If your menstrual cycle is fairly stable, this spotting could represent ovulation; in which case having unprotected intercourse yesterday may not have been the best thing if a pregnancy was not in the planning down the road.

Some women spot a bit during ovulation.

Gail
 
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amymo replied to georgiagail's response:
ok what does that mean? if iwas ovulating I understand I can get pregnant. but how likely is that? also what are signs of ovulation?i am very irregular I cycle latly every 34 days or so.
 
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Jane Harrison Hohner, RN, RNP responded:
Dear An: I agree with Georgiagail, the timing and brevity of the spotting do suggest ovulatory bleeding. Right before ovulation there is a brief spike of estrogen. When this level drops back down to normal, the sharp decline can destabilize the lining of the uterus leading to spotting/bleeding. Some women have this sign of ovulation every month; others only rarely. Fortunately the amount is usually scant and brief in duration.

Some other possible causes of erratic spotting can include a new chlamydia infection (unlikely if you are both monogamous). polyps of the lining of the uterus (way more common in midlife women), or missed/erratic ovulations (usually there will be a history of missed/irregular periods). Untreated low thyroid can be linked to missed ovulations and erratic bleeding.

If your erratic bleeding persists, or you develop other symptoms (eg pelvic pain from an infection or ovarian cyst) see your GYN or local family planning clinic. Hopefully, since it never happened before, this is an isolated episode of ovulation-linked spotting. Oh yes, if this is ovulation spotting the possibility for conception is elevated.

Yours,
Jane


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