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I was wondering how long spotting lasts? Does it fully absorb tampons or pads? Basically, I am just trying to clarify the difference between spotting and a period. thanks!
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To my understanding (and correct me if I'm wrong) spotting only lasts for a day or two, and a period can be longer than that. If you are spotting, pads would probably be your best bet. If it's light you could wear a thin maxi pad or a pantyliner.
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uh.. I dont want to sound stupid or anything but what is spotting?
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spotting is when you bleed so lightly that it comes out in drops, or spots. it's not nearly enough to be considered "flow." spotting is often caused by hormone fluctuations.

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