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Bleeding From Vagina During Sex, After Bowel Movement, And When Startled
An_252556 posted:
I am 19 years old, I am on the pill, and my OBGYN said I am still too young for a PAP or any other evasive exam. I started bleeding when I get a little startled or tense my stomach muscles, when I have a bowel movement, and once during sex. I have had sex twice since the blood from sex and my boyfriend and I took it a little easier those two times. But for the past two days, when I get startled and tense my lower stomach muscles or pass a bowel movement i bleed a little. Its much brighter than period blood and it is to the point where I need to keep in a tampon but I am definitely not on my period. Needless to say I am pretty worried. Any idea what could be wrong?
georgiagail responded:
The internet board doesn't know but your OBGYN is incorrect in what you were told. If you are old enough to be sexually active and on oral contraceptives, you are old enough for an internal exam and a PAP.

Find another OBGYN who is more willing to check out these symptoms.

Anon_6061 responded:
I have no idea what could be causing this bleeding. So an exam may be a good idea just to rule out anything serious.

As far as a pap, the guidelines recommend that women get one every 3 years starting at age 21 - The reason for less testing is that cervical changes occur very slowly and abnormal cells usually resolve on their own in younger women. So too many women were being over-treated which can cause undue cost (to patient and/or insurance company) as well as harm to the patient.

Of course, it's possible that this bleeding may warrant testing that otherwise wouldn't be recommended.

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