orange discharge

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I have never had orange discharge before. what causes orange discharge/ spotting?? is it most likely something sti related or non sexual? please help this is not normal for me

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    Hi emily,

    You'll need to share more details if you want us to help you:

    1. How old are you?
    2. Have you been sexually active recently? If so, when?
    3. Does your partner have any symptoms?
    4. What form of contraception are you taking, if any?
    5. When was your last period in relation to your current symptoms?
    6. Are your periods regular or irregular?
    7. Did the symptoms start after sex (i.e. post-coital bleeding)?
    8. Any abdominal pain or pain passing urine?

    Tnx,

    Adhari.

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      Dear Adhari,

      I am 18 years old and i am sexually active. The last time I had sex was 2 months ago about. I have had a period after I have had sex. My periods are normally regular, sometimes a few days late but that is all. I am on no medication or birth control at all. I am really nervous because spotting/ orange discharge is not normal at all for me. and I have not had any abdominal pain. To be honest, I was masturbating before and right after (when i went to use the bathroom) it came out. I don't know if that helps in any way. I am really scared in case if is an STD. But I dont think symptoms normally come this late anyway. What do you think it could be?

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      Hi emily,

      Thank you for the details. When you were masturbating, did you put your finger/fingers inside the vagina? Maybe you were a little too vigorous and accidentally cut yourself (inside the vagina) or irritated the neck of the womb (cervix). Either of these situations may have led to a little bleeding/spotting that you've now noticed.

      Orange is pretty descriptive but I've not seen this colouration in vaginal discharge before. Pink, blood red, brownish, rusty brown, yellow, green, gray are more common descriptors. Any of these apply to you?

      BTW, in relation to your discharge appearing, where are/were you in your current menstrual cycle (what day out of 28)? I ask because there is a normal phenomenon known as ovulation spotting that can occur in mid-cycle in some women.

      Thanks,

      Adhari

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      Dear Adhari,

      I am supposed to get my period in one week. I dont know if this helps but I found a photo on Google similar to what my discharge looked like. It looked like this. image

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      Thanks Emily,

      My feeling is that it was altered blood you witnessed. What I've written in the earlier post still holds, except that if you are due your period in a week's time it's less likely to be ovulation (i.e. mid-cycle/day 14) spotting.

      BW,

      Adhari.

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      Dear Emily,

      Altered blood = what happens to blood when it has been subjected to vaginal germs (healthy lactobacilli, etc) breaking it down. It looks much darker than fresh blood.

      Bleeding can be a symptom of STD, for example if the neck of the womb (cervix) is infected with gonorrhoea and/or chlamydia it gets become quite inflamed. So during sex, when the penis touches or bangs against the inflamed surface it may start to bleed. I know that your symptoms started after masturbating, not sex. But if this bleeding is a new problem and you've started a relationship with a new partner, it would probably be a good idea to get screened for STDs.

      BW,

      Adhari

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