"Spotting" just means very light bleeding. Someone might spot for part of their period, and some people may have very light periods altogether.
Someone will know if their bleeding is similar to how their period usually is. If someone has a similar amount of bleeding to their usual period, for a similar number of days to usual, and around the time they expected their period, they can assume it's their period.
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Hi, I'm new member of Scarleteen and I have a concern related to the above topic. I've seen in other discussion that the volunteers on this site like to keep new topics separate, however I'm not sure how to make my own and will post here for the time being until I can figure that out or until I can get a response. Anyway, I've had a lot of concerns as of lately due to misunderstandings and lack of knowledge as to how pregnancy occurs. I've read many of the articles on this site, including discussions related to my concerns but haven't seemed to find any peace of mind. In which case, I recently started up on a birth control for the sake of easing my worries, as well as to maybe cure some of the physical pain I've been having since engaging in the kinds of activities my boyfriend and I have been involved with (the exception of sex and direct genital-to-gential contact). I first took this birth control about 1 and a half to 2 years ago as prescribed by my doctor to reduce the size of ovarian cysts. As I've since began taking it again, I'm noticing some side effects that I did not the first time: dark brown discharge/bleeding inside panties, but dark to light brown and pink bleeding when wiped, as well as breast soreness and lower back cramping. My initial thoughts typically stray toward pregnancy, however I have taken several tests (3 stretched between the time leading up to my period/before and after it's expected due date, as well as today and yesterday) and all have turned out negative. The first test I took was 3 weeks to a month after the time I thought I may have become pregnant, so I do feel if I were pregnant, by now a test would be able to tell. Nevertheless, there are still those doubts in my mind of false-positives, and mistakes on my part in taking the test, and all other such internet-based fears implanted into my head. At this point, I have no idea what to believe. I feel very naive and misinformed when it comes to everything sex, pregnancy, and contraception-related. All I would like to know is whether I have a right to be fearful or if the bodily changes could just be due to the birth control. For additional knowledge, my last period was on March 15th, 5 days after expected and it lasted 5 days as well with what I can tell was normality. Sorry for such a long post, but I feel more confident accepting a response is every detail is first laid out. I hope I can hear back from someone very soon. Thank you so much!
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Welcome to Scarleteen, Poetic Apirations. For the future, you can start a new post by clicking on the "New Topic" button at the top right or bottom left of the page.
You said that you started taking the pill again to deal with pain you experienced during intercourse - did you talk about those pains with a doctor? Did they suggest taking birth control for this reason? When did you start taking the pill again?
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As redskies said, spotting just means light bleeding, so it may actually be a part of a persons period. And, most people who have periods can tell when they are having one.
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