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Hi, Im 20, not sexually active and have never been on birth

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Hi, I'm 20, not sexually active and have never been on birth control. I am having brown discharge (inserted a tampon and there was a bit of blood at the tip) and had some cramping today, but my last period ended only a week ago. I have been stressed out lately due to midterms (not sure if relevant). I also have had brown discharge before around this time, one week after my period but not with cramps or a small bit of blood.Wondering if you could help?

Dr. Pfeiffer :

hello

Dr. Pfeiffer :

what's your height/weight?

Dr. Pfeiffer :

do you notice an odor or is it just blood?

Customer:

5 foot 3, around 160 pounds

Customer:

and I'm not really sure

Dr. Pfeiffer :

are your periods normally pretty regular?

Customer:

Usually

Dr. Pfeiffer :

ok. do you have any unusual problems with unwanted hair..such as on your face or chest? significant acne problems?

Customer:

No

Dr. Pfeiffer :

ok

Dr. Pfeiffer :

and as I understand it..this just happened and it happened once before?

Dr. Pfeiffer :

not something that happens all the time?

Customer:

I've had brown discharge quite a few times around a week after a period but not with a bit of blood or the minor cramping

Dr. Pfeiffer :

ok. any specific stressful events during those times?

Customer:

Exams/midterms, one time I had noticed it after a change in my diet but it's happened a few times without stressful events

Dr. Pfeiffer :

ok.

Dr. Pfeiffer :

and you are not sexually active now..correct?

Customer:

coreect

Dr. Pfeiffer :

have you been sexually active before?

Customer:

correct*

Customer:

yes

Dr. Pfeiffer :

ok..how long ago?

Customer:

about a year and a half

Dr. Pfeiffer :

ok

Dr. Pfeiffer :

so here's what I'm thinking

Dr. Pfeiffer :

at 20 years old...this is very unlikely to be anything serious.

Customer:

ok

Dr. Pfeiffer :

stress, anxiety, etc certainly can cause abnormal bleeding

Dr. Pfeiffer :

something that I would like you to at least consider is a thyroid test as that can cause it too

Customer:

ok

Dr. Pfeiffer :

no risk of pregnancy based upon your response.

Customer:

no

Dr. Pfeiffer :

doesn't sound like much risk of infection either

Customer:

no

Dr. Pfeiffer :

normally you would notice an odor associated with the blood/discharge.

Customer:

if there is one it isn't strong

Dr. Pfeiffer :

so, right now you have a reasonable explanation for this with the stress of your exams.

Dr. Pfeiffer :

and I would just leave it at that for now.

Dr. Pfeiffer :

if that's the cause this will resolve with time.

Dr. Pfeiffer :

if it continues after your exams are done..I would recommend seeing your doctor...

Dr. Pfeiffer :

and having your thyroid checked

Dr. Pfeiffer :

an ultrasound and a pelvic exam done

Customer:

only if it continues, or if it stops and happens again?

Dr. Pfeiffer :

well...basically, transient things are not a concern...

Dr. Pfeiffer :

so if you have an exam and are stressed...that's a reasonable explanation.

Customer:

ok

Dr. Pfeiffer :

once that goes away you should be back to normal.

Dr. Pfeiffer :

if it continues or happens when you don't seem to have the same stress..I would see your doctor.

Customer:

ok

Dr. Pfeiffer :

ok...

Dr. Pfeiffer :

anything else?

Customer:

I don't think so

Customer:

Thank you very much

Dr. Pfeiffer :

ok...

Dr. Pfeiffer :

you're welcome.

Dr. Pfeiffer :

good luck on your exams.

Customer:

thank you

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