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July 9th, 2012, 06:29 PM
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For the purposes of charting how do you define bleeding vs. spotting?
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July 9th, 2012, 06:39 PM
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I consider it spotting if I only need a pantiliner, not a pad.
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July 9th, 2012, 06:55 PM
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I ditto Amanda.
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July 10th, 2012, 04:49 AM
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I use a Diva Cup now, but before that I used pads. I'm one of those women who almost never needed more than just a pantyliner so for me it's just a matter of knowing what looks "heavy" like one of my periods and what looks much lighter.
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July 10th, 2012, 06:00 AM
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I would consider spotting more erratic and less of it - spots on the pad kind of thing. Bleeding to me is a flow, anything that might fill a liner or a pad.

I am charting spotting right now, but it's not even enough to need a liner- the only reason I know it's there is because I am checking with tissue. Hardly anything, but still want to be cautious.
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I always went by brown= spotting, red=AF, because sometimes my brown spotting would be enough to fill up a pad in a day but it wasn't really flow. When my period starts, there's no mistaking it, it always starts heavy red.
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July 10th, 2012, 05:13 PM
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Thanks for the replies. Yesterday and today both I've had hardly even spotting during the day, but then need a pad in the late afternoon/early evening, and it's gone again by bedtime. I'm not sure which to call that, and not sure if it even matters.
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July 12th, 2012, 04:09 PM
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Doesn't really matter which you call it right now, whether light or spotting. Either one is probably fine.
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July 12th, 2012, 06:12 PM
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Yeah, for me I'd probably call what you said spotting, but Shawna's probably right that it doesn't matter right now since you know what the current bleeding is.
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