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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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ana
2 years 8 months ago
So before I found out that I was pregnant I had intercourse with someone that wasn’t my partner, after I realized that I had been bleeding a lot but I didn’t really think anything of it as I thought I had just started my period since I was already overdue which was normal for me I never really had a regular period. The thing is that I was only bleeding for moment because after I cleaned myself I wasn’t bleeding anymore. Three days later I took a home pregnancy test and it came out positive and then like 4 days… Read more »
Nesha
2 years 10 months ago
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!
sarah
2 years 11 months ago

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?

2 years 11 months ago
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… Read more »
Nathalie Vazquez
2 years 11 months ago
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… Read more »
Shaza
3 years 3 days ago

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 ????

Brenda
3 years 1 month ago

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

rashmi
3 years 1 month ago

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?

modina
3 years 1 month ago

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

lala
3 years 2 months ago

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.

Meow
3 years 3 months ago

MY PEROID WAS 4 DAYS EARLY . THIS NEVER HAPPENS . I HAVE A 26 DAY CYCLE SO MY PEROID WASNT DUE .
THE BLEEDING ANIT HEAVY LIKE A NORMAL PEROID I HAVE NO CRAMPS AND NO PAIN .
THERE IS HARDLY ANYTHING ON THE PAD NOR IN THE TOILET WHEN I GO FOR A WEE .
THE ONLY TIME THE I SEE THE BLOOD IS WHEN I WIPE AND THATS ON THE TOILET PAPER.
MY LAST PEROID WAS THE 1 ST AUGUST SO I WASNT DUE UNTIL 27th

unknown
3 years 4 months ago

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

Katherine
3 years 4 months ago

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??

Christina
3 years 4 months ago
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… Read more »
Kayleigh Wellard
3 years 5 months ago
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… Read more »
Danielle
3 years 6 months ago

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

rochelle
3 years 9 months ago

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

Jaqueline
3 years 9 months ago

Hi!
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

sarah
4 years 8 months ago
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… Read more »
Annelize
4 years 11 months ago
Hi All, I have 2 health children and had 5 yearly miscarriages (before 6 weeks)… So I know the anxiety the hopes the shattered dreams… So my advice to all is do not fret and try to figure out if you are pregnant or not. I did it many times and yes I was pregnant. Wait 5 weeks till you had your last period – take urine test if positive do a scan to make sure there is a sac. If negative your not pregnant. Do not go the blood test road – as many women are in fact pregnant… Read more »
shaina
5 years 1 month ago
hi im 22 years old married and have been trying for a baby. for almost 6 years now. (with the same guy) well we miss carried once. and well ive been taken prenatals bc my dr told me too that it could help. well ive been seeing a light light pink when i wipe i know thats tmi and im sorry. but i dont know if it could be implantation or what. i mean im not due for my period till the 7th of november. and my period is almost always on time. ive also been really tired. and hungry.… Read more »

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5 years 6 months ago
Hi everyone can someone give me some advise for the the past four days i had been having light bleeding started off a brown color then went to a light pink red not enough to wear a pad only when i wipe when i go to the bathroom dont know whats going on im gonig to wait to do a hpt could i be pregnant ? and has anyone had this happen to them and truned out that they were pregnant? and my period was a week late thought when i started to bleed light that my period was coming… Read more »
KENSHIA
5 years 6 months ago

I HAD A PERIOD LAST WEEK OR SOOO N IT LASTED LONGER DEN IT SHOULD HAV N DEN I STARTED HAV BAD CRAMPING LIKE REAL BAD NW I HAD A DIS CHARGE N STARTED SPOTTING CAN SOME HELP ME ….

Katherine
5 years 6 months ago

Hello.
Quick question, my period came last month on april 6 and normal for 6days. 10 days later I started to bleed(april22). it was heavy and light bleeding for 10 days. It was also around my ovulation.finally ended on may 1st. 4 days later I had sex(condom broke) and my next period was suppose to br a day later. But now I’m 10 days late. I need help !! Anyone please,pregnant or not

Brittani
5 years 7 months ago

Hi, I’m 18 years old my last period was Feb 11th ,&
Since then, still no period & it’s already May .. I’ve
Had blood test ,taken pregnancy test & all negative ..
yet recently 3 weeks ago I had light pink spotting but it only lasted a day or two.For a 2 weeks I’ve been throwing up every morning,Today I’m expering light cramps & vommiting but still .. . No period .. my only conclusion is that I could be pregnant..
I go tommorow for a pregnancy test .. hopefully positive if not then somethings wrong with me I just want awnsers.

Laina
5 years 9 months ago
Hi, I have perfect periods every 28 days no fail. My last period started the 8/2/12 till the12/2/12 then ovulated on 24/2/12 ofcourse having sex through out the firtile periods and ovulation. the on the 2/3/12 i had a bleed maybe the size of a 50 cent piece just that day and then nothing. I just thought myperiod had come 5 days early as i have never experienced anything like this before. I had a few head aches and tender breasts and back pains. Today the 5/3/12 and my period has arrived 🙁 its not heavy all brown blood very… Read more »
5 years 10 months ago

I had unprotected sex last jan.22 and that was the 3days of my menstruation and then at days 5 suddenly stop.At days 7 there is still blood spotting.Is there possible to get pregnant?

sw
5 years 11 months ago
Hi There Was wondering if I could get an opinion. Could this be implantation bleeding? my husband of 4 years and I have a daughter who is now 20 months. I didn’t have any morning sickness or spotting. We are TTC now – with our daughter we got lucky on round 1. We ttc last month , November, but AF came on Dec 5. Dec 17 I ovulated (I coudl tell) we had sex on Dec 17 (3am) and Dec 18. Today I woke up and took a HPT and it was negative. This evening I started to spot, and… Read more »
Morgan
6 years 1 hour ago
Hello. My boyfriend and I are trying to concieve we’ve been try very hard this month lol we started december first and today is the day I am suppose to be getting my period. On friday I had slight cramping nothing like my menstral cramping but today (the day I am expecting my monthly friend) I have slight bleeding and intense cramping. Usually I get my period full blown and it drifts off around the third day. I took a pregnancy test but I was two anxious and it was obviously too soon. I have been very gassy lately and… Read more »
6 years 2 days ago

i have used yaminils tablets for 6 months igot periods regularily but after stoping that i got a period after 21days but it was light bleeding i am not a pregnant i tested it then what the solution for me this light bleeding leads to pregnancy tell me

Keisha
6 years 13 days ago

I had unprotected sex on the 19th of november 2011 this was about a week after my period. Then on the 28th of november 2011 i went to the bathroom and wiped myself and on the tissue it was light pink blood mixed with light discharge. My appetite increased. Could i be pregnant?

BBK
6 years 13 days ago
Hi Please Help! Im 28 yrs old My fiance and i have been trying to concieve for about 6 months. I have not been on the pill for many years and have regular 28 day cycle. My last period started November 10th, for 5 days. On Novemebr 23rd i noticed spotting only when i wiped, this light spotting lasted for 3 – 4 days and gradually got heavier to the point I had to use a Tampon. Still bleeding today the 29th moderately. ON top of this i have an incredibley sore lower back/pelvic pain like a constant throbbing……its so… Read more »
Heather
6 years 25 days ago

Hello,

My last period ended on 10/31. On 11/6 I had unprotected sex. Today 11/16 I had bright red spotting for about 3hrs, then it stopped. I needed to use a liner. I am fairly regular and have never experienced this before. Could I be pregnant? I’m just not sure. Please Help!

Ashley
6 years 25 days ago

Hello,
I noticed that I had light, dark blood spots when I had wiped yesterday. My last period was on Oct 19th 2011. My fiance and I had unprotected sex Oct 28th 2011. The spotting showed on November 15th 2011. I am suppose to start my period in a week. My periods are pretty regular, so could this be implantation bleeding and that I could be pregnant? Thanks!

vicky
6 years 28 days ago
Hi, I stRted with light bleeding on the 8th of November then it went away he next day and came back on the 10th… It stayed light almost no cramps and went away again Friday night. & on Saturday morning I began to have heavy cramping & started my period all over again and I’ve had light cramping since. I have lots of nipple tenderness and I’m peeing every 30 minutes & im super tired all the time.I’m on the minipill and although I don’t take it exactly as told I still take it, is there a possibility that I… Read more »
bijoux
6 years 28 days ago

hello i missed my periode for 5 days,after 5 days i’m bledding but not a lot just a little is this normal,am i pregnant?

Christina Brown
6 years 1 month ago
Hello i been concerned about myself i had my peirod on oct 1st then i started again oct 17th i thought i was pregnant and i went to the doctor the 25th for a blood test it came back negative and then 2 days later i started again i been bleeding since the 27th and today is the 13th day and its nov 8th now im still bleeding its been light very light pink then it went away next day started up again and then went away just about maybe 3 or 4 days ago it started getting heavy and… Read more »
Savannah
6 years 1 month ago

I had my period on October 11th. Everything was normal. Lasted 5 days. I had un protected sex. Where he came in me , the 22nd 23rd and 24th.it is one the 29th. And I’ve been having some brown and pink discharge. 1time stained my panties, but usually only when I wipe do it see it. Could I be pregnant ? 🙂 please help ! We’ve been trying to get pregnant for about 4 months. Ever since my miscarriage in January.

samantha
6 years 1 month ago

Hi I got a ? Last month around the time Im supposed to get my period I spotted the first two days then bleed normal the third day then the fourth and 5th day I spotted again could I be prago?

6 years 1 month ago
hi i came on my period on wensday 28th september 2011 it lasted my normal 5 days and finnished on sunday 2nd october 2011. my normal cycle is a 28 day. but i had sex twise i had it on sataday 1st october the day befor i finnishedmy period and the following week on the 8th of october both was unprotected.but this is strange i have now started bleeding agen two week early it started on th 14 th october just bits tho nothing mutch its now the 16 th and im still bleeding but the blood is verry wierd… Read more »
Nikki Bowman
6 years 1 month ago
Well my fiance has been back in the stated a little over a month are so and of course we’ve been together almost 6 yrs so we don’t use protection/ I have been playing it safe the last 6 yrs when we do have sex if its around ovulation i normally make him use the pull out method. my lmp was 9/22/2011 which means i ovulated on oct 6,2011. My periods are very normal 28 day cycle period. Okay so we had unprotected sex on oct 3 and 5 (keep in mind my ovulation date was oct 6, so this… Read more »
jemma
6 years 2 months ago
correction: My last period was on 9/9/11 and the one before that was on 8/12/11 with a 28dc. My cycles range from 24-32 so and it’s pretty inconsistent. We had sex using a condom on 9/21 9/28 and 10/5 and my expected period was this past 10/7. No period on 10/7 but I had a brown discharge stain on my underwear on 10/8 and today 10/9 all day I had light pink to light brown to brown mucousy discharge but only when I wiped. I had a 103.4 fever about a week ago and constipation a couple days ago but… Read more »
jemma
6 years 2 months ago
My last period was on 9/9/11 and the one before that was on 8/12/11 with a 28dc. My cycles range from 24-32 so and it’s pretty inconsistent. We had sex using a condom on 9/21 9/28 and 10/5 and my expected period was this past 9/7. No period on 9/7 but I had a brown discharge stain on my underwear on 9/8 and today 9/9 all day I had light pink to light brown to brown mucousy discharge but only when I wiped. I had a 103.4 fever about a week ago and constipation a couple days ago but that’s… Read more »
marie
6 years 2 months ago

I had my period two weeks ago and had sex once after my period, i keep having small bleeds, dark red and its stops then starts again. i keep having really bad cramps is it possible i could be pregnant? If i took a pregnancy test would it be to soon?

Akwardteenager
6 years 2 months ago

So my boyfriend and I had unprotected sex(I know stupid right?) three times two weeks after my last period. He finished inside me and now two weeks later I have a darrk brown ish blood color I saw in my panties but it’s not a lot and I been having stomach aches all day in my lower stomach like under the intestines where those lovely lady parts are, and lower back aches that make me wantto scream. What could this be?

Tabi
6 years 2 months ago

Hey I’m 25 and I have never experienced pregnancy before, I’ve had unprotected sex with my fiancé for over a month now he didn’t pull out but maybe twice! An I was suppose to start sept 7 but didn’t! Is now Oct 3 an I started having light pink to red spotting! But the spotting started on sept 30. (evening) It’s very little blood so I’ve only needed panty liners! Slight uncomfortable cramps, mild back pain. I took 3 prego tests all neg. Could it mean it’s to early, implantation? Not sure what to do!

dori
6 years 2 months ago

My period is 10 day’s late,I took two pregnancy tests the 7th day and had a positive result on both. I went to the doctor on the 9th day and it was comfrim i am pregnant. It’s now the 11th day and im spotting brownish stuff what could that be!!!

Khushi
6 years 2 months ago

Helow, i m in big trouble and in tention i m just 18 nvr had any intercorse with any one,i m a virgin..bt few things are happening with me plz help me look.
1.little red discharge 3-4 day bfor periods till periods it has fishy smell, n watery
2. Itching around vagina,
3.some white discharge sticky jelly kind of
help me, i m in tention, what do u guys think i m going through?

Kelley
6 years 2 months ago
Ok, so I was totally sure I wasn’t pregnant but now I’m definitely scaring myself. I went to visit one of my guy friends who lives like 1000 miles away from me. I hadn’t seen him for like 6 months and one thing led to another and we ended up having sex the first night i got there and then in the morning when i woke up too. I’m on birth control but I had missed a pill a few days before I flew down. This was my first time having sex and he knew that and I told him… Read more »
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