What is implantation bleeding?
Implantation bleeding is mostly defined as light spotting or bleeding that occurs around 10 to 14 after conception. As easy as the definition sounds, knowing the difference between implantation bleeding and normal period can be quite confusing and frustrating especially for couples actively trying to get pregnant.
Implantation bleeding is believed to happen when a fertilized egg attaches itself to the lining of the uterus and is often mistaken for normal period as it occurs around the time the menstrual period is expected and looks like menstrual period, making it difficult for some women to know when they actually took in.
Not all women experience implantation bleeding and some do not even notice it when it occurs.
What does implantation bleeding look like?
- Is very light, pinkish, brown, or black, although sometimes it can be red
- Usually lasts between 24 hours and 48 hours
- Involves little or no cramping and doesn’t require any treatment
- Starts out heavy and then lightens up
- Lasts 3 to 7 days with about 2 to 3 days of bright red blood
- Involves cramping for some women
Despite the differences between both, some women still find it hard to know which is which, so, do not feel like you’re alone in this if you wrongly assume that the spotting you’re experiencing is implantation bleeding and then later go on to get your period, or if you assume that implantation bleeding is your period and you end up being pregnant.
The only way to know if what you’re experiencing is implantation bleeding or not is to wait a few more days and then take a pregnancy test.
When to see your doctor
While is it possible for women with healthy pregnancies to experience some form of slight bleeding during pregnancy (sometimes as a result of an infection, or sex), it is still best to see a doctor if you’re pregnant and bleeding, especially if the blood is heavy and bright red. In some cases, it is a sign of miscarriage or an ectopic pregnancy.
All information sourced from www.whattoexpect.com