Implantation bleeding : Early Bleeding in Pregnancy


Implantation or implant bleeding occurs early in pregnancy. Not all women who become pregnant experience this bleeding, and you may well be pregnant without having experienced it. If you experience implantation bleeding, it is safe to say that you are probably pregnant.

Implantation bleeding is not dangerous, but if you are trying to get pregnant it can cause concern. It can easily be mistaken for a starting period and in the worst case it can be feared to be a miscarriage.

In this article you can read about:

  • What is implantation bleeding?
  • When does it occur?
  • How does it look?
  • What distinguishes a period from implantation bleeding?
  • How long does it last?

What is implantation bleeding?

Implantation bleeding is a short, period-like bleeding that occurs when the fertilized egg attaches to the uterus.

When does implantation bleeding occur?

Implantation bleeding occurs when the egg attaches to the uterus, which usually occurs about 7-14 days after ovulation. This is equivalent to two or three weeks of pregnancy. This is close to the time when one would normally start a period, which means it’s easy to get confused about how this early bleeding should be interpreted. A pregnancy test will tell you the truth!

How does implantation bleeding look and how long does it last?

Implantation bleeding is usually lighter, lump-free and shorter than your regular period. The amount of blood varies from woman to woman. In general the bleeding is less than the normal period. However, everyone does not experience implantation bleeding, but about 25% of women who are pregnant do experience an early bleeding of some kind.

Implantation bleeding or period

They are both very similar, but how can you tell the difference?  Generally implantation bleeding is lighter, lump-free and lasts for a shorter time than your period. If you start bleeding a little earlier than expected and it lasts for a shorter time than your regular period, you may be pregnant. However not everyone experiences bleeding when the egg attaches. 

How do you know if it is implantation bleeding?

It is difficult to say for sure whether it is the egg that attached or if it is just your period starting. At the time of implantation bleeding you can experience the same kind of pain you might experience during your regular period. However, this is not always the case for everyone. Generally, early pregnancy signs are difficult to interpret. If the bleeding ceases quickly, it may be appropriate to wait another day or two and then take a pregnancy test.

Implantation bleeding and a pregnancy test

Many people who have implantation bleeding hope to be pregnant. However, you should wait a few more days before taking a pregnancy test. In order for the test to correctly indicate pregnancy, the hormone HCG must be high enough to register on the test. 

Mrs Stevens

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