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So. Hello, all. I'm pretty sure I had an account here a while ago but I can't for the life of me remember the username, but I'm back now *waves hello* .

Anyhoo. I appear to be spotting, albeit lightly. It's been about 2 weeks since my last period, and I'm not on the Pill. I'm wondering this: might this be caused by my having given myself a bit of a lifestyle makeover? I'm normally almost completely sedentary, but I'm a singer suffering from tension problems, and at my teacher's advice, I've started doing 20 minutes of yoga and about 12 minutes cardiovascular exercise every day. I began to do this last Wednesday, and it's Sunday now.

For me this has been *very* strenuous exercise (I don't usually do *anything at all* which could be construed as physical activity) and I wonder if I might have started doing a bit too much too soon. Having had a little browse around on the internet it looks as though the spotting could be down to ovulation, but I've also seen in one or two places that a change in exercise routine can cause this. Does anyone have any past experience or knowledge of this?

I've spotted in the past due to stress, but in comparison to how I've been the last few weeks I'm incredibly laid-back at the moment. Just seems a bit weird.



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Could be either or both, really. Could also be a normal hormonal shift, you name it.

But if you're up-to-date with your annual STI screenings and pelvic exams, if you're not in any other way ill, it's nothing to sweat...or get too nutty about.

Occasional spotting, in many ways, is as normal as sweating. It really shouldn't be "dreaded," since it isn't going to harm you, or even grossly incovenience you in any way.

And 30 minutes of exercise a day is a perfectly fine amount: no need to cut back, as that's really the minimal amount of activity anyone should be doing in a day. At least 20-30 minutes of cardio a day alone -- and low-impact like walking is fine -- is what's suggested for basic health.

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Thanks - good to know. I'm thinking I possibly should consider doing some lower-impact cardio (walking! why didn't I think of that?) to work up to the full-on running that I've been doing, considering how ridiculously unfit I am.

So I shall not worry. I'm not sexually active (yet) and I'm feeling in tip-top health, so I'll assume that all is well. Thank you very much indeed

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