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A 19-year-old female asked:

How can you tell the difference between a regular period and spotting ? last month on the second day of my period i went through 3-4 pads in one day?

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Dr. John Kirk
Obstetrics and Gynecology 28 years experience
Can be the same. : For some spotting is just a part of the normal period that includes heavy days as well. Clotting, while common, is generally a reflection of excess bleeding not simple menstrual fluid. Periods change for a given individual for many reasons--stress, environmental changes, and, even mild weight changes. Hope this helps.
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