Kristen (xx_socold_xx) wrote in vaginapagina,

The difference between spotting and just a light period

Here's the deal: I have been plagued with crippling, debilitating menstrual cramps since the very first time I started my period when I was 12. I have never, ever had a month with anything less. From the ages of 12-16, they were so bad on the first day that I would have to leave school early, right after having hot flashes/cold sweats, throwing up, and even blacking out. Nothing helped. i finally got on Yaz when I was 16 and stayed on it until I was 20. I still had the horrible cramps, but without all the puking and blacking out. Still, the only thing that helped was Vicodin. :( I went off Yaz in April of 2010 and started Loestrin 24Fe at the very beginning of January of this month, 2011.

My first "period"/withdraw bleed on Loestrin was just like Yaz or anything else--horrible cramps, had to take strong painkillers, stayed in bed all day. I experience breakthrough bleeding two weeks into the pack as well. For the month of february (this month), I also experienced breakthrough bleeding two weeks into the pack, and got my second withdraw bleed on Loestrin just yesterday. However, this month was totally different. And I mean different. No cramps. None!

Don't get me wrong, I am beyond thrilled if this is actually happening. I haven't EVER experienced a period without cramps, no matter what I've done or tried. Could this really be happening? The thing I want to ask about is how you go about determining whether it's just spotting or an actual period/withdraw bleed. I know that HBC can make your periods lighter and shorter, which makes the situation even more tricky to me. The main thing that is throwing me off is the no cramping. My period is also very light, but I still need a pad/pantyliner. It's mostly brownish, but some is dark red. Yesterday shortly after I started, there was a moment where it was bright red and covered the toilet paper.

I've had sex a few times since my last withdraw bleed and I guess I'm just concerned, even though I probably shouldn't be. We didn't use a condom, but he did pull out and of course, I'm on HBC and taking it perfectly.

So...full-on withdraw bleed, or spotting? Thoughts? And is this no cramping thing for real?!
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