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How normal is spotting between periods when you're not pregnant?

By Anonymous September 11, 2011 - 6:06am
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First, I've never had sex. The only "scare" I've had was that I touched a penis for about 1 minute that might have had a little pre-cum and two hours later had that hand in the vagina (which happened last month). I also once touched sperm, washed my hands, and two hours later went to the bathroom and my hand touched the vagina. Can I get pregnant from either of those things?
Second, yesterday I felt a bit of cramping, so I put in a tampon in case my period started. I got home and pulled it out, and there was a little blood on it. So I put one in when I went to bed, woke up this morning and took it out, and it's almost completely white. My period is due around the 16th-20th of the month, and it's only the 11th. I had my period the 17th-21st of August (after the time I touched actual sperm and went to the bathroom). What could explain this spotting?

Third, I've been feeling nauseous for the past week. There's a cold going around the school, but it's the kind of queasy feeling that doesn't really go away a lot and comes back randomly. I'm 17 years old, in high school, sleeping enough, eating all right...So. Do you think I just might have caught that cold, or is it probably something else?
I don't have the means to get a pregnancy test at this time, so I would love for an opinion. Thank you!

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Hi Anon,

What you are experiencing is known as Ovulation Spotting.
There are a couple of thoughts on what causes ovulation spotting. Some people believe that the light spotting is a result of the egg rupturing through the follicle during ovulation. It is thought that as the egg bursts from the follicle that a little bleeding may occur. This is why some women may notice brown spotting, which is generally an indicator of older blood, around the time they ovulate. The blood may turn brown as it exits the body.

The other possible explanation for ovulation spotting is that the spotting is a result of a woman’s changing hormones during ovulation. As a woman’s body prepares to ovulate, follicles will start to grow and mature. As they mature they produce more estrogen. This increase in estrogen triggers a surge in LH, another hormone involved in ovulation. When LH surges it signals the mature egg to burst from the follicle. Estrogen rises sharply right before a woman ovulates and it is thought that the increase in estrogen levels may cause light spotting to occur.

Your nausea may be related to being ill-- you cannot be pregnant if you have not had sex.

Good Luck,


September 11, 2011 - 7:43am
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