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Nalle Karhu
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I have read everywhere that abnormal spotting could mean a number of things: infection, pregnancy, a light period, or tumors. Nothing seems to fit my case, however. I don't know what sexually active is defined as,but I havn't had sex. I am absolutely positive my partner is STD free, and the most we have done is pleasure eachother manually. (In which case there is a possibility, even of the slightest, I could be pregnant--I don't know how careful we were a few times). At the beginning of this month my period was due, and all that came was spotting. Brown, light pink, reddish, and sometimes even grayish, and occasional throughout the day, but still I spotted every day, and have done since. For more than two weeks I have been spotting; never soaking a pad or a tampon. Sometimes it's lighter and sometimes a little bit heavier but never soaking anything. I am also constipated (unfortunate and maybe not related?) and my face is flaring up as if I am on my period. It probably isn't normal for my period to be this long, but last month I had a LOT of stress for sure, but I am not stressed anymore. This is a long message and I appreciate whoever is reading this, but I guess my question is when should I have reason to be concerned? Should I take a pregnancy test? (there is a chance I might be pregnant but not through sex). Perhaps I am anemic? I know only a doctor could truly answer this, but this long of a period....I couldn't find on the web what LONG periods mean, only what short and light ones mean. Apologies again for the length of this, but I don't know if I should be worried or not. Thanks again.
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We can't diagnose over the internet, so your best bet would really be to get in to see the doctor. This could be an infection, as grayish discharge is a sign of bacterial vaginosis (which you can get from a variety of things, from sex to wiping the wrong way when you use the toilet). Like I said though, a doctor really is the only one who can tell you what's going on. When you go in, you do want to be sure to tell the doctor any STI risk you've had (and manual sex can pose a risk for STIs, just check out our STI Risk Assessment for more information). It might also be a good idea to get up to date on your STI screens if you aren't already.

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