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copper86
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Hi everyone!

So, I know this will probably be a bit of an overkill, since I've been on this forum for a while and have read articles and should know this, but please bear with me.

I just went to the washroom and saw that I had yellow-ish discharge (normal for me), but I saw a red-brown flake in my underwear. I do know discharge dries up and crusts over and can therefore look a bit different in colour, but I'm worried that this is dried blood. My withdrawal bleed ended nine days ago; but it did kind of stop early. What I think is the culprit here - if I am spotting a bit - is stress. My family is moving and I'm packing, moving and lifting heavy stuff (which I did while on my period, which I know was not smart); and I've been really stressed out over this. My partner doesn't know that I'm moving yet, and even though it's just a house a few minutes away, I'm just so anxious about telling him; and I've been having friend issues; so I guess all this could be taking a toll on my body. And I know spotting is a side effect of the pill. I'm just so tired and really exhausted emotionally... So I hope this isn't an extra thing to worry about!

In any case, I'll keep an eye on it and I haven't had any sex since January, if that is needed to be known (just oral and manual).

Thank you for reading! I'm just so exasperatd with everything. It was nice to get all of this off my chest!

[ 04-20-2013, 07:05 PM: Message edited by: copper86 ]

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Robin Lee
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HI Copper,

Given that spotting can occur for all sorts of reasons, there doesn't sound like anything to be overly concerned about here. As you know, if it continues and worries you, you certainly can consult with your healthcare provider.

I'm not quite sure why you said that packing and heavy lifting on your withdrawal bleed wasn't smart. So long as you feel like you have the physical energy to do so, there's nothing wrong with these activities at any point during your cycle. I'm curious, so could you fill me in on why you think it was a bad idea to do these things during your withdrawal bleed?

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copper86
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Hi Robin! How are you? I hope you're doing well!

I thought that if one did heavy lifting while on their period, they could hemorrage? Based on female anatomy, can one do heavy lifting more safely with there being a less chance of causing any injury? I feel nervous about my genitals when I strain to lift things.

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Heather
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WHAT?

No, by no means is that something you have to worry about. It's something to be concerned with post-abortion or delivery, but not with your period.

And lifting things your arms and back can handle just fine poses no kind of risk to your genitals.

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copper86
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Thank you for clearing that up!!

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Heather
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Sorry about my loud what: I was just pretty mortified by whatever/whoever gave you that impression. talk about an idea that would massively limit women's lives and misrepresent our bodies!

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copper86
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No worries. I trust the person who told me this - I just think they were misinformed about that. But it's nice that I don't have to worry about that when I'm lifting boxes, moving furniture, and heavy items...

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Really, if lifting anything hurts your back, it's your back you need to worry about and lay off. And if, while menstruating, you just feel super low-energy, then by all means, just for your own self-care, it's probably not the day to decide to train to do heavy-lifting for the Olympics. [Smile]

But your uterus? If your whole body feels fine and your back feels fine, your uterus could likely care less. And you certainly don't have to worry about hurting your body in the way that you were. If you did, I think it's safe to say that people-who-menstruate would have literally died off as a species by now, since through much of history, in most places, women have done manual labor most days of their lives during their reproductive years.

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