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how long does spotting last?

So last week, about three days before my period was due, I had light bleeding (not enough to use a pad just enough to be an inconvenience) for about 5 days. I am on the pill but last month I was a couple hours late taking it thanks to a surprise rush of shoppers at work.
When my period was supposed to come, ie when I stopped taking the pills for a week, all there was, was the light bleeding.

I took two home pregnancy tests, the cheapest ones I could get because my partner is currently unemployed, at 11:00am and 12:00pm about 4 days after my period was supposed to end. Both came out negative but I can not shake this feeling that I might be pregnant because I feel... different.

How long does the spotting usually last? And with me being a red head could it make the spotting last a little longer than usual? The spotting that I had lasted for about four days.

And should I take another home test in a couple weeks or should I go in for a blood test?
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replied March 20th, 2012
Welcome to e health forum.

Since you had been on the pill regularly, and you had not missed any of it, the chances of pregnancy would be less.

The light bleeding for 4 days, was actually your periods and hence your negative pregnancy tests confirm that you are not pregnant.

In case, you still doubt, you can consult your doctor for a examination and get a blood test for HCG levels, and this will clear all your doubts.
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