Q. Why is a PCOS patient noticing blood on inserting finger though missed period?

Answered by
Dr. Donalyn S. Barcial
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Sep 27, 2022

Hello doctor,

I have not had periods in three months due to PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome). Recently, I had a burning sensation while I urinate. I had couple of pictures taken and I realized I bruised myself while showering because my nails are long. Yesterday, I had some cramps like period cramps, checked for a period, there was none. I used my finger to check and saw blood, so wore a safety napkin throughout the last night while asleep and woke up with nothing on it. Inserted my finger again this morning and I still see little blood. What is the issue?



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I have read your concern.

I presume you already know that PCOS causes your irregular menstrual cycle. And it can also present like very scanty bleeding or just spotting today then nothing at all the following day, it is called oligomenorrhea and it is part of the PCOS. However, with the history you have told, you have long fingernails. It is also possible that you have caused a little scratch to the vaginal mucosa that would have caused the mild bleeding. I suggest you set an appointment with obstetrician and gynecologist to prescribe you with pills to regulate your menstruation. In the meantime, if the bleeding is just mild, you need not worry about it.

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