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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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481 Responses to “What is Implantation Bleeding?”

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    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?

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    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

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    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

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    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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