So on the 14th of June I had my annual exam and pap smear. It doesn't normally hurt but when the speculum went in I felt a little twinge of pain. I figured I was just tense and that was that. On Saturday (the 16th) I got my period which was totally unexpected. I take my birth control pill continuously and only take a week off every three months. If I miss a pill on accident, I normally spot for a couple of days and that is it, but I don't remember missing a pill and my pack is on the right day. Anyway... I am still bleeding today. This is very unusual for me. Since I was 11, even before birth control, my periods have always been exactly 5 days long - no more, no less. This is day 12! Yikes!
Today I was thinking about it and I'm wondering if maybe I have a cut rather than this being my period. The bleeding is bright red especially when I use the bathroom - basically the same color as if I had a papercut on my finger. I noticed that I tend to bleed more after using the bathroom - maybe wiping is disturbing a cut? I tried to look and see if there was anything but I didn't notice anything except that after I looked, there was a gush of blood, leading me to believe that there is a tear. Maybe that's why it hurt when the speculum went in? If there is a cut, why the heck won't it stop bleeding? I'm getting really tired of it. Is there anything I can do to make it heal faster?
Oh - and I did call my doctor's office earlier this week. The nurse basically said "a pap smear can't cause bleeding, it's probably just due to stress (I have less stress in my life than ever right now) or a diet change, I wouldn't worry about it" and that was that.