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anael1238
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a couple of hours after I had sex, I used the bathroom and noticed a stringy discharge that was red. It wasn't on my panty or anything but in the bowl. It wasn't a very large amount. It wasn't like how my period is like either, it wasn't a clot just thin and stringy red mucous sorta. Im on birth control and I'm wondering if this could be what people say is implantation bleeding or maybe a result of sex, if it was too rough or dry? Thank you!
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When are you due for your withdrawal bleed? It might be that if it's around the time you would expect your withdrawal bleed to start, or if the sex was pretty rough and/or you did not use enough extra lube, it could also be from an abrasion.

You can be sure that it is not implantation bleeding: it takes a while for a pregnancy to complete and for the egg to implant in the uterus. It doesn't happen with a couple of hours of sex.

Too, if you are on the pill and taking it as directed, there is no reason to suspect a pregnancy risk, anyway.

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I'm on my second week of active pills, I'm not due for my withdrawal bleed yet. I take my pills within a 30 minute range every day and haven't missed any although I messed up last cycle and took an extra one but I read on a post here that it shouldn't affect my protection.

i think it might be because of the lack of lube because it did feel a bit dry and I have been taking all my pills.

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So, you can rule out your withdrawal bleed, which means it's either from an abrasion, or some random spotting. Either way, not something to worry about. Just give yourself a couple days to heal up in case it is an abrasion, and make sure to use lube as needed next time you have sex.

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Ok thank you [Smile]
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Sorry for posting again but I'm freaking out, when I woke up this morning I saw blood on my underwear. Im not sure if it would be considered spotting. I haven't missed any pills or anything so idk what this could be and I'm really worried. Would this mean my pills aren't effective?
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Spotting doesn't say anything about the effectiveness of your pill, so I'd not worry that your protection is compromised. As long as you are taking the pill as directed, you can rely on its protection.

When are you due for your withdrawal bleed?

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it's Sunday and I just finished the second week of active pills, I start my third week tomorrow. What is considered spotting? The amount of blood I saw was fairly large that's why, not clumpy like a period but it was around the size of a fingernail. That would be spotting right? But when I wiped I didn't see anything. Could this be because I took an extra pill last cycle? I should be ok though as far as effectiveness? Thanks for being so patient!
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An extra pill won't make a difference in terms of protection, but it might be responsible for the spotting. A bit of spotting (which is just light bleeding) can happen from time to time, and the reason isn't always clear.

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Would this fall under spotting? Since I took an extra pill, I was short one pill at the end of the cycle but I made it up with one from another pack. was that the right thing to do? I shouldn't worry about pregnancy then or my pill effectiveness being compromised? I should just chalk this up to random spotting?
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What you're describing is still a pretty small amount of blood, so yes, that would count as spotting.

Yes, you should be covered just fine. The pill you took to make up a pill during your last cycle...did you take it from the pack you're taking now?

Really, spotting is a fairly common typical occurrence, particularly for people on hormonal birth contorl.

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Yes I took it from this pack! Oh ok I see, even for people who've been on the pill for a long time?
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Spotting can happen no matter how long you've been on the pill, yep.

Since the make-up pill you took last cycle was one from this pack, you'll need to make sure you have enough pills for this whole cycle. This is why having a spare pack around can come in handy.

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Ok thank you. It's a bit scary [Frown] I always thought that it meant the pill wasn't effective. My pharmacist told me that spotting could be a side effect of lutera, the pill im on. spotting doesn't necessarily mean anything?

Yup I got an extra pack! Thank you ^_^

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As Robin said, spotting is a pretty common thing for people taking the pill or other types of hormonal birth control, and it doesn't mean that your pill isn't working. It can be a bit scary, especially if it hasn't ever happened to you before, but it's really not a concern.

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This is just another question concerning spotting. even if it occurs at least once a month, it's fine? I know spotting is a typical occupancy although is it common to happen more than once, as in over the course of a few months? It's never heavy, just a drop. Sometimes it's after sex though so it might be due to that. Thanks so much! I just wanted to know if I should switch to a higher dose. I was told spotting doesn't meant my pill isn't working
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Sorry I meant typical occurrence. & now that I really think about it, everytime there's been spotting, has been right after sex or sexual activity.
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Is it possible for a withdrawal bleed to start off as brown blood then turn into bright red? I'm not sure if I'm spotting right now or finishing up my withdrawal bleed. After sex, I spotted bright red blood and then now when I wipe, there's streaks of red. This is why I asked about the spotting earlier ><
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I talked to a pharmacist, they said that spotting is a side effect of hormonal birth control & that my effectiveness isn't compromised!! Thanks so much [Smile]
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Hard sex sometimes causes you to bleed. But hey who doesn't love some steamy hard humping.
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Hey Holly D welcome to Scarleteen. Looking though this post it looks like it was resolved almost a month ago and really this wasn't a post about sex being rough rather the pill causing some spotting. So just want to ask that you're being sure if you're posting in response to users that the responses are about the question at hand and that it's posts that weren't resolved in the past. Thanks!

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