Getting Pregnant

Quick Facts About Implantation Bleeding

You’ve been trying to get pregnant.

Every month you dread that time when you’d normally get your period. You don’t want it just yet. Not because of the cramps or the mood swings or any other symptoms of PMS that you experience.

You don’t want it because it’d mean you’d have to try again. But you just can’t wait to be a mother already.

Then you heard something about implantation bleeding.

You’ve been told not to feel disheartened if you see spots of blood because although they resemble menstruation, it could mean something else.

It could mean you’re pregnant.

So let’s talk about these blood spots and what they could mean for you.

What is implantation bleeding?

Implantation bleeding is when you see light-coloured spots in your underwear that is usually mistaken for period.

It happens because your embryo, after conception, attaches to the uterine lining and this can cause disruption to the blood vessels in that area. You may experience this around  6 to 12 days after conceiving your baby.

Most women panic when they see it because they thought it’s already their period. It’s not. It’s perfectly normal and it happens to around 30% of women all over the world.

Implantation bleeding vs period

Period Implantation Bleeding
Lasts 3 to 5 days A few hours to 2 days
Volume 10 to 35 ml A few drops
Color Brown or dark red, with dark, almost black, spots Bright red
Flow Consistent On and off
PMS Symptoms Yes No, painless

How to know if it’s implantation bleeding or not

As you can notice in the table above, implantation bleeding lasts for a few hours up to 2 days, compared to the 3- to 5-day period of menstruation. You will also know if it’s implantation bleeding if it’s just a few drops of bright red substance.

You may also be wondering how you can differentiate this from miscarriage symptoms.

Just remember that in a miscarriage, bleeding is usually heavy and it’s followed by cramps. There is little to no cramping after implantation bleeding has stopped. It will also be on and off, unlike a period.

In addition to taking into account the differences we’ve shown in the infographic above, knowing your menstrual cycle will help you be sure if it’s implantation bleeding or not.

It usually occurs a week before you normally have your period. If you want to know when your next period is meant to be, check out this period calculator.

How can you be sure that you’re pregnant?

Pregnancy tests are usually taken a week after you’ve missed your period. This is to ensure accuracy of the results.

You may be tempted to take one after your implantation bleeding but put in mind that it usually happens a week before your period. The results may still come out negative, so this really isn’t the most ideal time to take a pregnancy test. To spare yourself from any false alarm, wait until you’ve missed your menstruation.


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