Ultimate guide to Implantation bleeding

Ultimate guide to Implantation bleeding
October 13 10:24 2016

What does it mean? | Pink or brown spotting

This sighting, just before a period, can be worrying for a woman who is hoping to become pregnant. But the important thing for you to take on board is that it is most likely good or healthy news either way. This may simply be a pre-period occurrence, which is perfectly natural for any woman, or it may in fact be the good news you had been hoping for. It may signify that you are, in fact, pregnant, as you hoped. This is called implantation bleeding.


Can you explain implantation spotting more clearly?

Implantation bleeding can be a worrisome experience for many women because it is so unusual and seemingly out of the blue and out of the ordinary. However, on the contrary, it is quite an ordinary and natural process. Unlike the period itself, and the spotting some women are known to experience between menstrual cycles (either before or after), implantation spotting is associated to pregnancy. It is nothing to be feared.

Pink or brown spotting appears unnatural, but this is most often the colour of implantation-related spotting. Occasionally it may be red, meaning many times it can go unnoticed for the majority of women. But, as we will go on to discuss and understand, there are more indicators than simply colour. The flow itself is light and that should be a clear indicator for you that this is something lesser than the typical level of bleeding experienced during a period.

Now, it is of course important to contact your GP or any local health clinic if you are unsure about the information we have given and do not wish to make the judgement for yourself. In few cases, spotting can be a sign of a miscarriage, but the point we wish to get across in this article is that, if you notice the signs we have discussed, it is most likely a case of the very opposite – that your pregnancy is going AS planned. More importantly, it is a sign that you are pregnant, healthy and that the child is healthy.


How do you know for sure?

As discussed, the colour is a very clear indicator. But we understand your reservations. This is a very important matter and you want to know every possible piece of information to ensure that you can allow yourself peace of mind. Well, to be sure, you should also consider the flow and the timing of the bleeding.

Implantation bleeding is, as discussed, a sign of pregnancy. So, timing is a crucial element to consider. If you experience the bleeding within two weeks of your egg being fertilized, this will most likely be implantation bleeding. What you should consider, after assessing the colour and flow of the spotting, is whether that timing matches a possible moment of conception. If you had intercourse within the two week time period, the chances of it being implantation bleeding are extremely high and this most likely means that you are pregnant. Of course, many women dismiss this as their period, which is why pregnancies can so often go unnoticed until a much later date. But, if you know the signs, you can figure it out for yourself.


Remember: It is a light flow which passes quickly. It is less painful than a period, though, of course, cramping is common with implantation spotting as well (so this is not a cause for concern – you are healthy). This sign of pregnancy occurs much before morning sickness, meaning it should actually be the first indicator that you are with child. It is the clearest initial confirmation.


The idea of spotting still worries me. Why does it happen? Why am I bleeding if this has nothing to do with my period?

Implantation bleeding is, naturally, an unnerving event, because blood often signifies that something is the matter (if it is unrelated to a period, of course). However, the cause of implantation bleeding is the fertilized egg entering the uterus. When this collision event occurs, it is natural for bleeding to occur, as it collides with some force. It is supposed to do that, so it should not be feared, but rather celebrated. The fact is that this signifies pregnancy.


This spotting is a light flow, meaning it should be feared even less than a normal period, which is as regular as any of your other bodily processes. Most importantly, it is not a sign of health issues; it does not harm the baby and it does not signify any deeper problems with either you or your newly-formed child. Remember: the first thing to check is the colour of the spotting. Does it appear to be of a light brown or pinkish hue? It is most likely implantation bleeding. Of course, you can check all the other variables we have suggested so far.


So what are the best hints that I’m actually pregnant? What’s the best overall check when it comes to spotting? I want to be careful when it comes to these early signs.

Conception and pregnancy itself are two very mentally taxing experiences. You have a lot of information to process, so much to look out for and so much waiting to do. TImplantation bleeding3he last thing you need is additional stress brought on by worrying or misunderstanding the perfectly natural and healthy changes which are occurring in your body. It is understandable that you will worry and doubt whether what is happening to you is related at all, or, if it is, whether it’s a bad or a good sign. So what is the best way to tell? How do you weigh up all the options when it comes to assessing your spotting?


Well, this is what I will discuss more in the next section. But the most important thing I would like to reiterate, once again, is that you must consider colour first (is there pink or brownish spotting?), then timing (did this happen within two weeks of a possible conception event?) and finally, consider the flow itself. This is such a clear indicator of implantation bleeding, because a lighter flow is easily discernable from periods. You know your own body, so you are most likely aware of your typical flow. This can be the foundation from which you assess the flow of what is most likely implantation spotting. However, we understand that you might need a little more help. So we’re going to discuss a few more things, covered rather vaguely in this first section, in much more detail within the following sections.


I just can’t see the difference | Distinguishing implantation bleeding from periods

If you’ve been trying to conceive for a long time and now the possibility of pregnancy lies before you, this is not a time for guessing. You want certainty, security, peace of mind and rightly so. Of course, you want some sort of sign. Any sign will do. But then ‘any’ sign can be misleading or not quite as clear-cut as you imagined in your head. How can you be sure that this is implantation bleeding and not a period? Well, the best way to be sure is to be as knowledgeable as possible on the subject before you make any rash conclusions in your head. You have to know all the symptoms of implantation bleeding and then you can definitely and clearly separate it from the symptoms of your typical, commonplace period.


So what are all the clear and unarguable symptoms of implantation bleeding?

Implantation bleeding, as discussed previously, is the clearest indicator of pregnancy because the fertilization process is the cause of the very bleeding itself. When the fertilized egg becomes one with the uterus and its delicate inner lining, that whole process can put a strain on the internal body. Especially when the egg begins to grow. As with any strain on the body, a light amount of bleeding can occur.

The important thing to note is that this bleeding is light and of a pink or brownish colour, unlike regular bleeding usually experienced with your regular and familiar menstrual cycle. The key thing that I will continue to mention is to always consider what you know for certain about your own body. You’ve experienced periods for years, meaning you know everything there is to know about the weight and frequency of your flow, the colour of your spotting and the timing, length and all other factors or elements vaguely or directly related to your periods. It is important to compare those with the (most likely very noticeable) differences when it comes to the spotting induced by implantation bleeding.


  • Spotting (pink/brown)

    Ordinarily, spotting could just as clear of an indication for your oncoming period as it could be for pregnancy. The distinction is always about the colour. Rather than a red discharge (although this is occasionally found in some women when it comes to implantation bleeding), most will find spotting to be of a pink or brownish shade. Period blood, of course, is always a bright red. There should always be some form of difference between the colour you are used to, during your period, and the colour you will observe from implantation bleeding.

  • Cramping

    Pains can stem from the attachment of the fertilized egg to your womb. Perhaps that isn’t enough information, as you might be thinking that cramping is not a clear method of indication. Periods can cause great levels of stomach pain, so how on earth can you differentiate between the two forms of bleeding? Well, as with the flow of the bleeding itself, cramps which are induced by implantation bleeding are incredibly lighter than those induced by menstruation. It is a much less intense or taxing experience. It is important that you note the main difference between implantation bleeding and periods to be some form of noticeable reduction in intensity. If it feels less severe than a period and the discharge, flow, timing and what have you are much different, then it is probably implantation bleeding.

  • Temperamental mood

    Of course, mood swings are commonly associated with the menstrual cycle. The hormonal changes to the body before, during or after a period are severe and you may be thinking that you could not possibly differentiate those from the fluctuating and confusing feelings which you might experience during a bout of implantation bleeding. Of course, once again, the key here is to feel the difference in your body. Feel the lessened height of severity and listen to what your body is telling you. Are your emotions more distorted or temperamental than they might be during your period? This is a clear indication that you are going through something very different and disconnected from the menstrual cycle. This is a sign that you might be pregnant and experiencing mood swings related instead to implantation bleeding. Pregnancy is one of the biggest changes to a women’s body and hormones are the most affected element of your body. You will notice the changes. It has to be felt to be believed. If you are happy one minute and crying the next (more intensely than any period), then this is a clear-cut and unquestionable hint that you might be pregnant and not about to experience your next period.

  • Other pains (headaches, etc)

    Of course, pains such as cramping are often associated with periods. Other bodily aches and pains (in the back or certain joints) can be associated with the menstrual cycle too, but there are some key giveaway signs that you can start to look for when you’re experiencing what you are assuming might be implantation bleeding. Pains in the breasts and incredible sensitivity or tenderness around that area is very common. Your body is undergoing massive change and, along with implantation bleeding, tenderness is one of the first signs of these changes. Increased blood flow to these areas of the body increase sensitivity. This is all information which should put you at ease, because it signifies a natural and healthy body which is reacting the way it should be to the news that you are pregnant.


I don’t know if this has been continuing for too long | The timing and length of implantation bleeding

Of course, it is all very well to understand that implantation is not a cause for concern and, more importantly, it is good that you now understand the core cause for this phenomenon. But, if you are still at unease, that is also quite understandable. Many of you will have additional questions, because your body is more complex than all of that. There are questions you need answered about the process of implantation bleeding itself. If you are sure that this is what you are experiencing, you want to know what to expect from this experience and how best to deal with it. You want to know the expected duration of the process.


Duration is important. The most important question on your mind now is: how long should this last? If it lasts any longer, should I be worried?

You shouldn’t be worried either way. If the duration of the bleeding is the same length as your flow would usually be during the typical menstrual cycle, then that most certainly answers your earlier question in the article: yes, this is just a period. That may be disappointing news, but it should be news which puts your mind at ease. You know what’s happening with your body and you can continue trying to conceive a child.

Implantation bleeding is linked to the fertilization process itself, which is usually very quick. Because the bleeding is only caused by this friction of the egg against the uterus walls, you should expect that it will stop as soon as one or perhaps two days later. It is a very short, relatively painless and much lighter experience than your periods. This, again, is a clear way to define the way and understand their differences in your mind. There may be a little fluctuation within this time period; the flow may stop and then restart. But if the flow increases in load, becomes familiarly heavier and continues for nearly a week, then it is most likely just your period.

Most importantly, you now know what it is you are looking for when it comes to pregnancy and differentiating implantation bleeding from the commonplace periods with which you are so familiar that you will soon find this separation process to be quite simple. Your body will feel the difference between the two types of spotting and bleeding.

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Okay, but you have other questions. You want to know more about the timing of this bleeding. You understand how your menstrual cycle works, but you can’t decide whether the time of this bleeding signifies a period, or it is merely a coincidence.
Implantation bleeding usually occurs somewhere around ten days following your period of ovulation – anything just under two weeks is most likely a sign that you are pregnant. However, as you most likely know well, anything after two weeks is a sign of menstruation. This is a very clear point of difference between the two types of bleeding and one that we believe most clearly signifies whether you are simply experiencing spotting related to your recent menstrual cycle or you are with child. Timing is key to making this clear in your mind. It should put your mind to rest.


So if you experience pinkish spotting around the 25th or 26th day, this should be your sign that you are experiencing implantation bleeding and not the typical menstrual cycle.


If none of my symptoms or instincts are convincing me, what’s the best way to be sure? | When to worry about implantation bleeding

You may still be uncertain when it comes to the distinction between a period and a bout of implantation bleeding. That’s quite all right. Your body will be giving your mixed signals either way, throwing your hormones off-balance and generally confusing your understanding of what on earth is happening with your physical and mental state of being. Either way, it’s very natural and what is supposed to be happening. But you still want to make the distinction. You still need to know that you’re healthy and, given that, whether you are pregnant – as that is the purpose of your query and why you came to this article at all.


Check all the symptoms related to pregnancy. If you’re uncertain about implantation bleeding, checking for other signs that you might be pregnant is the best way to go.

  • Nausea
    Morning sickness is, of course, the clearest sign of pregnancy. It is not the earliest sign, but when you notice pink or brown spotting and consider the possibility of implantation bleeding, you must then learn to search diligently for other signs of pregnancy. This is all part of painting a clearer picture in your head. You want to understand what your body is doing and it is important to weigh up all the noticeable signs. That way, WHEN you visit the doctor (as you will have to whether something is wrong or not, because this concerns pregnancy), you have as much information as possible. It’s also good to learn about your body before you tackle this important journey in your life.
    The nausea may only begin when you’re around six weeks pregnant, so it is by no means an early a sign as implantation bleeding. It is simply a follow up area to consider if you’re unsure as to what that 1-2 day period of bleeding really signified.
  • Increased urination
    This is a pretty self-explanatory area of discussion and one which will be of no surprise to you. Of course, increased urination can signify so many things, but we’re painting an overall picture here. You must weigh this up alongside all the other symptoms you may or may not be experiencing.
    If you are pregnant, one of the earliest signs may be an increased urge to urinate. Your kidneys are working on over-time and your hormones, internal system and general balance are all off-keel. Your body is just trying to rebalance and urination is one part of that process. It is something to consider when you are assessing your situation.
  • Headaches, pains and fatigue
    Again, this is all to do with hormones and these are probably signs of which you are already well aware when it comes to the topic of pregnancy. But I must reiterate, for the tenth time, the importance of feeling and understanding your own body. Compare its state to your usual state. If you do not usually feel this tired, or feel such pain in limbs or your head, then these are all clear indicators of pregnancy. Do not ignore them. Add them to the list of other symptoms you are experiencing. It is easy to write off the mundane as irrelevant, but it might help to make everything clearer in your mind if you consider that these things might indicate pregnancy.
  • Darkened areolas
    You’re tired of vague signs. Well, here’s a sign that you won’t get during your period. A darker shade of skin around the nipples (yes, your areolas) is possibly one of the clearest methods of determining whether you are pregnant. Of course, no method is as foolproof as a pregnancy test and visiting the doctor for a medical analysis, but if we’re talking about ruling out periods and ruling in the possibility of the very common case of implantation bleeding (thus entailing you are pregnant), then darkened areolas are the answer to your question.
    It is also common to notice other changes with your breasts (alongside the aforementioned tenderness, swelling and sensitivity to which so many women will be prone). Your nipples will most likely become erect and the small bumps you have most likely noticed, which surround the nipples, may enlarge ever so slightly. Basically, all the swelling and tenderness around the breasts and nipples are clear signs that you are pregnant and not just experiencing your period.
    It is important that, when you think you might be experiencing implantation bleeding, you check the other clear signs for pregnancy. You’re trying to gather as much information as possible in order to decipher whether you should be worrying or not. Of course, if there was something wrong, we would always say “don’t worry, doctors are experienced in tackling potential health issues such as these”, but we know you’ll panic anyway. We’ll get on to the topic of doctors shortly.
  • New feelings towards food
    Yes, everyone knows about this common symptom as well. Nausea from morning sickness can be one of the causes of otherwise-unexplainable aversions. Food which you once loved now appears grotesque and smells disgusting. On the contrary, sometimes food which you previously hated or thought smelt grotesque now smells succulent and irresistible. These cravings and aversions are one of the most talked about symptoms because it is pretty much impossible to ignore the unusual nature of such a sudden swing in tastes. It strongly suggests that you are pregnant.


Do a pregnancy test. This seems obvious, but, of course, whether you are pregnant or not is no indicator (with certainty, at least) that your spotting is implantation bleeding.
Of course, if all your symptoms match everything we have discussed in this article, it is pretty much certain that you are experiencing implantation bleeding and are therefore pregnant. The final point of call is to take a pregnancy test and we will discuss the next step, which is an expert medical opinion, in the final section (that is only for those of you who are uncertain about your own judgement and want a factual, uncontested answer to finally put this matter to rest and to feel assured of your own mental and physical health).


Finally, take some to consider all of your pains. Pain is natural for a healthy, pregnant woman. Of course, it is when those symptoms do not match those associated with implantation bleeding or pregnancy that you may want to consider visiting your doctor. We will discuss that next.

This very early sign of pregnancy is not usually a reason to be concerned; it is perfectly normal and no risk to the developing baby. However, if you are also experiencing lower abdominal pain, nausea, dizziness or vomiting you should see your doctor as is may be an indication of an ectopic pregnancy. Still not sure? As with a lot of early signs of pregnancy, the only real proof that you’re on the path to parenthood is that all-important line on the pregnancy test. If you think you’ve experienced implantation bleeding, the advice is that you need to wait at least 3 days before taking a home test. Before that, there’s unlikely to be enough of the pregnancy hormone hCG to give a positive result. If you can bear to wait 5 days, there’s even more chance it will be accurate. In the meantime keep looking out for other early signs. “I’d never heard of implantation bleeding. I just assumed I had had a slightly lighter period than normal and got back to the job of trying to make a baby. I couldn’t believe it when I got a ‘3weeks+’ reading on a pregnancy test a fortnight later!”


I still can’t really tell if this is normal and healthy implantation bleeding. Should I go to my GP? | When to see a doctor and what to discuss

Obviously, it is important to take a pregnancy test to first verify the most important and most likely cause for your bleeding. But, whether you are pregnant or not, there is always a minor chance that the bleeding is unrelated to the pregnancy. This is not a cause for concern, but if you feel uncertain that you are experiencing implantation bleeding or simply the type of spotting you usually experience before, during or after periods, then it could be time to see a doctor. Again, this is for your peace of mind. It is sometimes best just to have a quick check. It is in the interests of your physical and mental health. It is the final point of call if you want a definitive answer and do not trust your own judgement. Many women have been there when it comes to an important matter such as this.

Of course, you’ll need to see your doctor if you’re pregnant anyway. So don’t see this as a scary thing. See it as a necessary visit which you are combining with necessary questions that you need answered.


There is a chance of miscarriage or other medical conditions. Whilst it is most likely that you are experiencing a byproduct of a healthy and functioning body (and are pregnant), it is always better to be safe.
Remember, you will need to visit the doctor either way. It shouldn’t be something to be feared. These problems can always be fixed if discussed with a medical professional. Whether you are going for a checkup or to put your mind at ease about trouble (and whether you are pregnant or not), this is something you have to do.

You may indeed be pregnant. You may know that what you are experiencing is not a period. However, if you know all of this and are experiencing particularly painful, unusual or, most importantly, very heavy bleeding, then the possibility that you may have miscarried the baby has to be considered. It is horrible to even discuss, but, from a medical stImplantation bleeding5andpoint, it has to be considered along with all other possibilities. There is the change that you have misdiagnosed yourself (either as pregnant or as experiencing anything other than a typical period).

Implantation bleeding is rarely a heavy process. That’s why it’s very important that you consider the flow of your bleeding. If it seems no lighter than a period, but you think you might be pregnant, a miscarriage is the most common explanation. Of course, is this is the case, it does not signify anything bad about your body. You can try to conceive again. It poses no threat to you, though it is important that you visit your doctor if you think this may be the case.

If you are several steps ahead of most of the issues discussed in this article, in that you are quite far along with your pregnancy, you MUST seek medical attention right away. This is not intended to scare you, but to be safe rather than sorry. Miscarriages are more severe if the pregnancy is closer to completion.

Ectopic pregnancy is another cause for intense pains and cramping during your bout of implantation bleeding, so do not rule out that possibility. Just because you’ve diagnosed other symptoms, this does not mean that you should avoid visiting the doctor to be sure. As I have mentioned so many times (because it is VITALLY important), you will have to visit the doctor whether the outcome is good or bad. If cramps become steadily worse, it is time for medical attention. Admit medical attention, I might add. Ectopic pregnancy is usually the explanation if you are experiencing cramps unrelated to a period.

The pain is often a normal and healthy sign of pregnancy, but, as discussed before, duration is one of the most important elements to consider. If the pain becomes severe and does not decrease over time, you should consider another medical condition as the root cause. It could be something as simple as a bladder infection, but it is still something you need to visit a doctor for. In any case, medical issues such as that can be solved with antibiotics.


So when do you take the pregnancy test? Well, when it’s time for the final piece of evidence to sway your thoughts on the cause of your bleeding. Of course, it isn’t a definitive answer. The doctor is still the most important judge.

Well, you most likely know when to take the pregnancy test. You know if there was a sexual encounter through which you could have possibly been impregnated.

If you’re engaging in unprotected sex and are experiencing light spotting right around the time of your period, you may be pregnant. If you’re also experiencing other signs of early pregnancy and your period is late, consider taking a pregnancy test or seeing your doctor to confirm your pregnancy. Remember, implantation bleeding is light in flow, pink or brown in color and short in duration. If bleeding gets heavier and lasts more than a few days, your period has likely started. However, if the bleeding stops, was very light, and your period does not start, you may be pregnant and should get tested as soon as possible.



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