I know you can swell with arousal, but this is post-sex and my vulva has never looked or felt like this before and I'm kinda freaked out.
I assume I'm having an allergic reaction, and I need to know if there's anything I can should do!
The time between the first day of my period has always fluxed a bit around 4 to 5 weeks (in the past 6 months it’s ranged between 29 and 37 days), and my last period began on May 3. Around May 28 I had some familiar bloating/cramping/acne that tends to preceed my period (anywhere from a day to a few weeks), and then 2ish days later the morning after we had sex, I got what looked like my normal flow (this was 26-27 days after my last period), but it only lasted the morning instead of my usual 3-5 days, so I was pretty confused as to whether it was a drastically truncated period or something else (???). So my first question is, what the heck was this, was it a messed up flow that was a bit earlier and much shorter than it should have been, or something else (implantation bleeding, response to having sex which is new for my body, etc?). I did have a lot going on in May, finals and papers due/graduating/starting this new relationship/job hunting/a reduction in exercising, so I wonder if stress may have played a role in any of this? I’ve never had such a short period, it literally just was that morning and that was it (I’m usually pretty heavy for the first 2 days). Since having sex is so new, I’ve never kept track of anything related to my cycle other than the start dates, so I have no idea about my ovulation etc.I have a prescription for BC that I’ve been waiting to begin when I got my next period (I want to do Sunday start), but since I didn’t know if that weird blip was my period, I haven’t started it yet. Now, for the past 2-3 days I’ve been getting bloating and slight cramping with a bit of acne, and it feels like my period is coming on but it hasn’t begun yet (not counting that one-day bleed, I’m currently at 41 days since my last definite period, but counting that one-day bleed it’s now been 14 days). What is going on, anyone have any thoughts? Is it time to try a HPT (no other possible pregnancy symptoms except for this, except possibly frequent urination although I've been drinking a ton of water to help counteract the bloatedness)? Should I start my BC anyways, and if so, when? Anyone else have any similar experiences or want to offer any advice?