Implantation bleeding: what is it? How can you distinguish it from the menstruation?

implantation bleeding

Every woman feels and lives the embryo implantation in a very different way. The most common symptom that may be experienced after the implantation is a light bleeding that occurs in about 30% of future mothers.  This embryo implantation symptom which is also known as spotting usually appears after transferring the embryo into uterus. Sometimes, when the embryo attaches to the womb, little vein can break which affects the endometrium and cause the bleeding.

The implantation discharge is less than the menstrual bleeding and it appears between day 6 and 10 after the fertilization.  Since the implantation bleeding coincides with the beginning of the menstrual period it may create confusion between the two kinds of bleeding. This aspect along with other facts can be a suspicion of pregnancy. Despite the similarities, the main differences from the menstrual bleeding are the following:

  • Usually the discharge after the implantation occurs two or three days before the menstruation. So if you have regular period, you can rely on this rule.
  • The amount of bleeding is relatively lighter than the menstrual period. Women with heavy cycles cannot have any doubts about that but those with lighter cycles can be confused with it.
  • Regarding the color, the difference between the two is that the usual menstrual period bleeding is red in color, and the implantation bleeding is pink or dark brown (an intermediate tone).
  • It may last from one to three days.

The general doubt between a pregnancy and the menstruation may cause anxiety. In order to determine the correct type of bleeding, it is essential paying attention to these differences to verify if other symptoms appear.

If you still have doubts consult your gynaecologist or take a pregnancy text.

When a pregnancy test has to be performed?

Although the pregnancy test is quite a reliable tool, it is important to understand the specific moment to do it. The pregnancy hormone is detected from the urine fifteen days after the conception. Therefore, it is advisable to have the test on the third day of the missed period in order to ensure that there is a higher HCG level in the urine. If the test is performed earlier, it could give a false negative result. However, if you continue having pregnancy symptoms or you prefer to wait extra days, the best time to have the test is 10 days after the conception to obtain a more reliable outcome.

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