A little background: I’m 38 and recently started having sex. My boyfriend and I did not use protection because we were hoping to conceive. The first period after having sex was pretty normal. However, this last one was very different. I was 4 days late (spotted dark brown for about 2 days prior). I bled for 2 days and am spotting dark brown again (though I usually still bleed a lot on day 3, period usually lasts 6-7 days). I noticed on the second day I bled that my blood smells old, like I haven’t changed my pad all day though it’s not the case. What I’ve been spotting since also smells like old blood. 2 days before I was supposed to get my period, I got a Pap smear and took STD testing (Went to get a physical, but told my doctor I noticed my discharge looked yellow, and she recommended testing). STD testing came back negative, but my it turns out I have I have HPV High risk Viruses present. Could there have been something left behind during Pap smear? What else could be causing the delayed, shorter, and smellier period? I’m supposed to see a gynecologist in 3 weeks, but the fact that my period smells and has changed so much from one month to another scares me.