Quick Answer: How Can You Tell The Difference Between Spotting And A Period?

What does spotting look like?

Spotting refers to any light bleeding outside of your typical menstrual period.

It usually isn’t serious.

It looks like — as the name suggests — small spots of pink or red on your underwear, toilet paper, or cloth..

How long does spotting last?

Spotting may last up to two days, but the bleeding will become lighter. Avoid sex and don’t use a tampon in the two to three days following a Pap smear if you’re experiencing bleeding. The additional pressure may cause bleeding to start again or become heavier.

Does spotting mean your pregnant?

Spotting and Cramping After conception, the fertilized egg attaches itself to wall of the uterus. This can cause one of the earliest signs of pregnancy — spotting and, sometimes, cramping.

Can I take pregnancy test while spotting?

You can take a pregnancy test while bleeding or seemingly on your period, because any blood that mixes with your urine will not affect the results of the test.

What is pregnancy spotting like?

What does it look like? Implantation bleeding may appear as light spotting — blood that appears when you wipe — or a light, consistent flow that requires a liner or light pad. The blood may or may not be mixed with cervical mucus.

How much bleeding is considered spotting?

Spotting usually is much lighter bleeding than normal menstrual bleeding. Unlike a normal period, it usually is so light that a pad or tampon is not required. Spotting may be red or brown in color and occurs when you are not having your regular period.