Here is some useful information on implantation bleeding, what it is, and why it happens. Signs, what to do and how to tell if its implantation bleeding or the period!
There are many signs of early
From tender breasts to nausea in the morning (the start of morning
sickness to come), the body has some tricks up its sleeve as to how to let a
woman know conception has occurred.
These signs can be subtle at the beginning
and often go up to 2-3 weeks without having any idea they are pregnant.
One reason for not knowing that
fertilisation has occured in implantation bleeding.
Any type of blood that
exits the body through the vagina is typically associated with not being
Implantation bleeding turns this general knowledge on its head.
Here is some useful information on
implantation bleeding, what it is, and why it happens:
is implantation bleeding?
Implantation is another term
associated with pregnancy.
After fertilisation has occurred, the egg embeds
itself in the uterine wall lining, the endometriosis. This is called
implantation. The egg is literally implanted in the uterus now.
The endometriosis is the the part of
the uterus that is normally shedded during each menstrual cycle.
Part of the
bleeding that happens is the uterus wall lining coming out of the body and
making a big mess while it does it.
When conception occurs and the egg implants
itself, the endometriosis doesn’t shed.
This means that there is no monthly
cycle and no bleeding.
However, some implantation bleeding can occur. This
isn’t bleeding like the standard menstrual bleeding. Rather, it is spotting.This happens because the egg is embedding in the endometriosis and this sometimes
hits on blood vessels, causing some light spotting.
are the signs of implantation bleeding?
The most obvious sign is the actual
bleeding, but keep in mind that this bleeding will probably look and feel
different to the standard menstrual cycle.
Implantation bleeding mostly
resembles a pinkish or brownish spotting or light discharge.
Implantation bleeding might also
bring about light or faint cramping. This won’t be as severe as menstrual
cramps in most cases.
There may also be mood swings or headaches that happen
around the same time. These are also symptoms of early pregnancy.
does implantation bleeding happen?
Implantation bleeding doesn’t happen
for everyone. If it is going to happen, it will be in the very early stages of
pregnancy. Generally, it will take place around 5 to 10 days after conception,
before the menstrual cycle would begin.
For those who know their menstrual
cycle thoroughly, implantation bleeding generally occurs on day 22-25.
Menstruation normally occurs on day 14 of the standard cycle. Of course, the
cycle varies for each woman so counting the days isn’t too necessary, but can
help give a rough guideline to help define if it is implantation bleeding or
implantation bleeding bad for the pregnancy?
The human body is very well equipped
at recovering itself and healing quickly. The uterus lining is no exception.
During each monthly cycle, the endometriosis goes through a process of maturing
and thickening itself, in preparation for a fertilised egg. When fertilisation
does not occur, the uterus sheds itself and heals again for the next cycle,
So, when the fertilised egg pushes
itself into the endometriosis and hits some blood vessels, it is no big deal in
relation to what it normally goes through each month. The spotting as a result
isn’t painful and there is rarely pain associated with it.
There might be some
mild cramps when implantation occurs, but there are no negative side effects in
most cases. Implantation bleeding rarely leads to issues later on during
If there are any concerns and the bleeding is heavier than mild
spotting, consulting a medical professional is the best option.
to tell if its implantation bleeding or the period?
When trying to conceive, seeing any sign
of blood can be disappointing and distressing, as women mostly think this means
they aren’t pregnant.
Implantation bleeding can occur before the hormones are
strong enough to test positive to a home pregnancy test, so it can be a very
confusing sign of early pregnancy.
There is no real conclusive way to
know whether the spotting is from implantation bleeding or simply the start of
What can help is calculating the time that sex last happened. If it
was more than two weeks ago, the spotting probably isn’t implantation bleeding.
However, most women who experience
implantation bleeding describe it as being noticeably different from their
The colour of the blood is normally a lot lighter, more of a
pale pink or brown colour rather than the deep vibrant red of the monthly
Cramping can happen with
implantation bleeding as well, but many women describe these cramps as being
lighter and less intense than regular menstrual cramps.
The cramping that
occurs with implantation bleeding is from the egg tucking itself into the
uterus lining and giving a little extra nudge, but not with the same force as
when the uterine wall sheds itself for menstruation.
So, if the bleeding doesn’t feel
like the menstrual cycle and there are no other signs that are normally felt
with the monthly cycle, odds are it is a sign of early pregnancy.
Be sure to
pay attention to tender breasts and nausea or loss of appetite at this time to
help distinguish between implantation bleeding and the menstrual cycle.
to take a pregnancy test?
If implantation bleeding has
occurred and there are other signs that pregnancy is upon the body, taking a
home pregnancy test is often the first point of call.
As the body adjusts and
adapts to pregnancy, the hormonal balances go through many changes.
pregnancy test works by reading the hormones in a woman’s urine. The longer
pregnancy has been going on, the more accurate it will be.
So, since implantation bleeding
occurs so soon after pregnancy, a test might not be entirely accurate straight
If there isn’t enough of the pregnancy hormone hCG, the test can come
back as a false negative, leading to even more confusion!
After discovering implantation
bleeding, the ideal time to wait is up to 3 days to take a test. This gives the
body some more time to sort out the hormones and ensure the egg is thoroughly
Waiting 5 or more days is ideal, if it is possible to hold out for
this long. It can be a nerve wrecking time trying to determine if pregnancy has
occured, but the more patience the better to ensure the reading is accurate.
it necessary to see a doctor when implantation bleeding occurs?
Generally speaking, light bleeding
during pregnancy is normal. It is just the body getting used to the egg being
embedded in the endometriosis.
The blood vessels of the uterine wall are
recovering from the initial poking and prodding while the egg tries to find the
right place to call home.
However, if the spotting continues
and gets more noticeable, it might be a good idea to see a doctor. Implantation
bleeding shouldn’t last two long, in fact it mostly lasts 1 to 3 days depending
on the woman.
If it keeps bleeding for more than a week, it more likely to be a
period that implantation bleeding.
Ongoing bleeding that isn’t the
menstrual cycle can be a sign of an ectopic pregnancy, molar pregnancy, or a
miscarriage. If the bleeding is too severe and doesn’t feel like a period,
getting some medical advice is the best option.
key points to know about implantation bleeding
The first thing to know is that
implantation bleeding doesn’t happen for every woman when they get pregnant.
There is no guarantee that it will occur.
If it doesn’t occur, it isn’t a bad
thing. If it doesn’t occur, this also isn’t a bad thing.
Implantation bleeding is lighter
than the standard menstrual cycle and should arrive earlier than the cycle
normally would. The colour is more pink than red.
Implantation bleeding happens a few
days after conception. It is caused by the egg embedding itself in the uterus
lining and putting pressure on the blood vessels, causing bleeding as a result.
Generally, implantation bleeding
lasts just 1 to 2 days, but can remain up to 4 to 7 days. There are normally no
clots with implantation bleeding.
If bleeding starts off as light
spotting but develops into a steady, heavy flow, it is most likely the period
coming at a different time of the cycle.
The best time to take a pregnancy
test after implantation bleeding is 3 to 5 days. This is when there are high
enough levels of the pregnancy hormone hCG to get an accurate read and
determine if there is a pregnancy.
Implantation bleeding isn’t anything
to worry about. It is a common occurrence.
However, if bleeding continues too
much, it might be a sign of an ectopic pregnancy. It is best to see a doctor if
the bleeding feels concerning, there is vomiting or dizziness associated with
it, or there is lower abdominal pain beyond the feeling of a cramp.
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