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What is Implantation Bleeding?


Many women hear the term implantation bleeding used a lot in regards to the early stages of pregnancy, but unless they receive clarification on what this phenomenon actually is then it can be a scary experience.

What Exactly Is Implantation Bleeding?

During the early stages of pregnancy the ovum, or fertilized egg, attaches itself to the uterine wall. This always occurs within the First Trimester and can sometimes cause a little amount of blood to be released. This is the cause of implantation bleeding. The egg actually attaches itself to the mother’s circulatory system via the wall of the uterus, and this is where the blood comes from.

What Does Implantation Bleeding Feel Like?

Some women might feel Cramping Along With Implantation. In some instances women have already missed a period and are aware of the pregnancy. Not every woman detects implantation bleeding. Remember that pregnancies can be considered perfectly normal whether there is any bleeding in the early stages or not.

What Does Implantation Bleeding Look Like?

Many women wonder how to tell the difference between implantation bleeding and bleeding that could be a sign of something more serious. If you experience light spotting – such as only enough to wear a panty-liner – then it is most likely implantation bleeding.  Additionally, if the spotting is dark and not bright red, and the spotting ends quickly, this points to implantation bleeding as well. Keep in mind that this can be completely normal in the first trimester but you should always check with your doctor whenever bleeding occurs during a pregnancy.

What Else Could It Be?

There are other explanations if the bleeding is not due to implantation. Bleeding beyond light spotting may be a result of your menstrual cycle, and the lighter flow than normal could be caused by any number of things including stress. Changing your Birth Control can also cause a change in your bleeding flow and spotting can also be a sign of infection or abrasions from recent intercourse. When in doubt, contact your doctor.

Could I Be Pregnant?

If you are Trying To Conceive, this could be good news since Implantation Bleeding is one of the Signs of Early Pregnancy.  If you think you may be pregnant, today’s Home Pregnancy Tests can show positive results as early as a week before your period is due.  If you’re not ready to buy a pregnancy test just yet, enter your last menstrual cycle date into our Due Date Calculator to determine when you ovulated last.  That will give you a little insight too!

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496 Responses to “What is Implantation Bleeding?”

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    Jazz Says:

    This is the first time I’m writing. Please help! I started spotting on 23rd February, 4 days before my period due date. It wasn’t heavy like my period, spotting at first but watery, bright red/pink discharge. Bleeding stopped after 3 days, nothing on the 4th until an hour ago. Is this common? Please advise.

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    chels Says:

    i just got off my period and me and my boyfriend had sex a couple hours after i started spotting what could this mean or be signs of

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    Evelyn Says:

    I had my period last month Dec 30th and ended January 2nd . Now today January 28 I have been experience cramping and slight bleeding. Can I even get a period this month January? or did that period that i just had count as december and tgis obe now is january?? I have the app called my period tracker and it says my period should be coming in February of next week. But I am irregular. I’m so confused!!! Can anyone explain this??? Sexually active January 4.

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    Nesha Says:

    Im 22 and have 2 childern 6 & 4 and i had a miscarriage last January 24, 2014 . I missed my period in dec of 2014 finally started January 1, 2015 and ended on the 6th then I had unprotected sex with my bf on the 8th and started bleeding again on the 10th of January. but, only lasted for that day.. im confused this has never happen to me before could I be pregnant? I haven’t been feeling like myself lately. Was that implantation bleeding? Should I test soon? I really could use some answers.. thank you!

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    sarah Says:

    Hi can any one help my periods have been regular the last six months but last period I was 6days late I came on for 7days never lasted that long b4 wasn’t very heavy like normal an I had sex last day of my period an 2days after I now have loads of sticky white discharge is this normal as its never happened b4 what does it mean? Am I ovulating or could I b pregers?

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    Yesenia Cee Says:

    Hey My Name Is Yesenia , I Started Bleeding/Spotting Yesterday 12/22 And Its A Bright Redishh Color, I Haven’t Had My Period Since Oct ,I Am Regular 28 Day Cycle, I Tooken Two Test The First One I Waited I Skipped My Period Waited A Week And Took The Test On 12/6 It Was Negative, So I Waited For My Period Still Nothing, Took Another One One 12/20 It Was Positive, Line Was Faint But You Could See It ? I Was Going To Head to The Clinc To Comferm It And I Went To Pee And Noticed Light Pinkish Redish Bleeding? And Today 12/23 Im Bleeding Like Bright Red, With Some Cramping ? Am I Pregnant, Having A Miscarriage Or What, I Am Really Worried? ? Please Respond Asap ????

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    Nathalie Vazquez Says:

    Hello everyone…well i am 31yrs old married for 9yrs an have 4 girls ages 16,11,9 and 5 and a 7yr old boy me and my husband want to have one more before closing shop…weve been trying but not putting much effort into it till mayb aug/sep was doing everythin that we could following trackin my period ovulation when fertile the whole 9 but kept gettin my period on its due date the 11th but this month didnt come…hmm could i be pregnant?…fingers crossed i took a hpt the 12th at 7am an negative..i gave it a few days on the 14th took one at 7am an another at 7:30pm an both negative…i then say to myself of nvm im not pregant i give up…but then i started gettin a white mucus discharge..i though it waw my period but nothing…gave it a day more took another test at 7am on the 16th an negative then today in the mornin again negative but noticed a light pink color with the discharge but no period … Any help with advise on whats goin on? Am i pregnant an mayb its still early to detect htc?

  8. 489
    Shaza Says:

    Hi my last period is 22 nd November and I married on 1st of December I’m expecting to pregnant but December 8th it’s bleeding I don’t know why ????

  9. 488
    Brenda Says:

    Hey my period was September 18 and my next period was October 16 but I missed my period
    but now I’m 10 days late and notice slight spotting and now bleeding it’s been 3 days I am so confuse someone please help

  10. 487
    rashmi Says:

    i had my periods on 5th sept 2014,and on 20th sept i could feel all symptoms of prgnancy, like vomitng, tireness,loss of appetite, pimples mild cramps in lower abdomen.Bleeding started on 9th oct 2014. and lasted for 2 days. later i noticed stretch marks on my stomach and breast and still have all symptoms . so please let some one tell me ca i still be pregnant?

  11. 486
    modina Says:

    Hi I have been trying to have a baby for awhile now I’m on fertility meds and I’m now 8 days late on my period but today I noticed I’m spotting brownish. Could I be pregnant? I already have a 16yr old son. I just don’t want to get my hopes up

  12. 485
    lala Says:

    Hello ladies well I had off my period September 30 two days later memy husband had sex 3 days in a row and now I seem like blood and it’s stopalthough my period is irregular I start my period around the 23rd of September it stops September 30th I will like to know could I be pregnant since my Period ain’t dur to the 21 of October.

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    Meow Says:


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    unknown Says:

    I had my period the first of July it lasted like 3 or 4 days. I’m expecting my period but instead i have a light pink/brownish blood, it’s very light! Throughout July one day i felt nauseated and eventually vomited that day. Could i be pregnant

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    Katherine Says:

    16 days late, Last period was June 14,14 and i haven’t started since.. took two pg test there negative and today theres a small amount of dark to brown colored blood stain. Just had a baby she’s 7 mths. Can i be pregnant and dont know or what??

  16. 481
    Christina Says:

    I had my period last week after it being 6 days late, it only lasted 4 days and wasn’t heavy like my normal period that lasts 5 days amd is usually heavy. It’s now a week after I got my period, what is supposed to be my ovulation time, and I’m experiencing cramping and very light bleeding when I went to the bathroom this morning, I am still cramping and light bleeding but not enough for a liner. I am on birth control and not TTC. Also my breast have been sensitive from when I thought I was going to get my period (the 6 days it was late), to now. I may have been laying on them wrong but I am unsure. Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks.

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    Kayleigh Wellard Says:

    I started my period on the 27th of may and finished on the 8th of june. I then experienced a very light pink-redish discharge on the early hours of the 12th of june. It lasted a few hours then stopped. I have been experiencing very light cramping and been very tired. Does anyone know if this could be pregnancy or not? My partner and I are trying for a baby but we have had so many let downs that I really do not want to get my hopes up. If anyone has any idea what this could be, please let me know!

    Ps – I haven’t had any sickness, breast tenderness or anything of the sort. But if I was pregnant I wouldn’t experience these symptoms so early would I?

  18. 479
    Danielle Says:

    I’m 8 days late Nd now I’m experiencing
    Dark red blood what could this mean x

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    rochelle Says:

    was spotting last night which was when I was suppose to get my period. And my periods are never late well I woke up this morning and when I went to pee I bled red and black and it wasn’t really heavy but it wasn’t light neither and now I feel really neasue so idk What it is can someone help

  20. 477
    Jaqueline Says:

    I had my period last month it was 2 days earl only for 3 days & it was to light…. the pad was all white the whole time only when i pee but it really wasn’t red….
    I don’t know if this is a sign of pregnancy

  21. 476
    sarah Says:

    hi im 21 and im trying to concieve. i was 10 days late and then got my “period” but it only lasted 4 days when it normally is 7 days. it was also alot different to my normal periods. my normal period would just start full blown heavy flow, but my 4 day period started off light mixed with ewcm. after the for days was over it minimised to pink discharge with ewcm but no bleeding and now i have bad cramps but no period? help?
    i have no idea what the hell has happened.

    if anyone could give me answers that would help heaps
    thankyouu xx

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