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***I did a search and maybe I'm not doing it right but I didn't come up with the exact answer I was looking for***

My question is, what exactly is spotting and how long does it usually last?

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Spotting is very light bleeding(usually brownish instead of red)that can happen either day before or after your period-or if you missed a birth control pill. For me at least, spotting has only lasted a day or two.

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What about spotting as a pregnancy symptom?
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there are two common kidns of spotting.

Spotting as Echo described is hormonally driven. when certain hormones fall below a certain level, your uterus sheds a little. this is spotting and it lasts only a day or two. in some cases, a little more. but if it's really prolonged, there's something wrong.

The spotting related to pregnancy is called breakthrough bleeding. It occurs when the fertilized cell mass (at this stage called a morula) implants in the uterus and starts burrowing into the blood vessel-rich wall. This tears some of the blood vessels, so a little blood is shed, and hence, spotting. Ths will only last a day or two as well. And it occurs several days after the actual sexual encouter. So it is not wise to wait for breakthrough bleeding before trying to get emergency contraception because it is long after the suggested 72-hour window.

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What if you spot (or bleed very very lightly) for about a week when you're supposed to have your period? Is that normal?
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not really. it sounds like you're having a super-light period. i don't remember if you were taking any birth control or if you had talked ot your doc. please elaborate?

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Well my mom has a friend who is a gyno, so she asked her friend and they said that it was okay because I'm still young (something about hormones and junk) and I've been playing sports vigorously for the past few months.

My mom's friend asked me if there was any chance I could be pregnant, and there isn't if your flowcharts are correct (I looked at them to determine my risk which was like zilch). So I'm hoping I'll get my period next month as usual, but I've just been real stressed out about this since I've never missed a period in the two years I've had it. Maybe I'm just worrying my period away?


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sports are pretty taxing on your body, and the stress isn't helping either. you've only had your period for two years, so for all intents and purposes, your body is still pretty new to the game. all of this added together pretty much likely contribute your spotting/light period.

so what to do? ease up on yourself. do your best to stay well-nourished and relaxed. things should return to normal soon enough. if they don't (in a few months or so) definitely ask to see the gynecologist again and see if there might not be some better way to fix your period.

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