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I just had a baby May 24th. I went for my six week check up on July 5th. That morning, I started to bleed (light). I was nursing so the doctor wasn’t sure if it was my first period or just from the delivery. It lasted for about four days. I didn’t get another one until Sept. 5th. I had it for four days again and it stopped. Then I got it again the following Friday for three days and then again a week later. On Sept. 30th I had sex and I started to bleed during it but it was brown. It’s now the 2nd of October and I am still having the brown discharge but its also a dark red. There are little clots that come out. I have had unprotected sex. could I be having a miscarriage? My stomach hurts a lot and really bad back pain. What do you think I should do? I am scared that i could have had a miscarriage becasue I have been on the pill. Please help me.
Crystal

Answer

Last Updated: December 13, 2014
Dear Crystal:

One would be very concerned at this point that you have an infection in your uterus which needs prompt treatment by a doctor. This infection is probably from your partner and he needs to be notified and seek treatment.

The light bleeding in July was possibly just associated with the pregnancy. Your bleeding probably went for three weeks after the baby. It is not unusual for women to have some occasional light bleeding at six weeks. However, it does depend on a couple of things. First, were you breastfeeding the baby and how much? Nursing will cause uterine contractions and women can experience a slight amount of bleeding occasionally if nursing. Were you taking any medication such as the pill or a mini-pill? Also, as you said, you may have been pregnant.

I think that you probably were not pregnant but now could possibly be pregnant and with an infection.

You need to see a doctor immediately. Then consider taking some classes in Natural Family Planning. A certified teacher will help you to chart your cycles even while nursing a baby. This way you will understand the signs of your menstrual cycles much better. If you are not married, perhaps you should consider abstaining from intercourse until you have married. Living a chaste life is healthy for everyone, especially for your baby because you will be more confident about your health and circumstances.

Dr. Gretchen Marsh

Answered By:

Gretchen Marsh, D.O.
Dr. Marsh graduated from Western University of Health Sciences in 1987 in Pomona, CA and is board certified in Family Medicine by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians. She has been certified as a NaProTechnology® Medical Consultant (NaPro) and Creighton model Fertility Care System (CrMS) teacher since 2001. She and her husband, Jon, have 5 sons and live in the Reno region, where she sees patients in person, in addition to her telehealth services offered via MyCatholicDoctor.com

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