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Everything You Need to Know About Implantation Bleeding

  • Published on January 11, 2023
Everything You Need to Know About Implantation Bleeding

Implantation bleeding is a relatively common experience for women that typically occurs after two weeks of conception. 

There are certain reasons that may result in implantation bleeding- 

  • Implantation usually occurs 8-10 days after ovulation and fertilisation, though it can happen anywhere between 6 and 12 days later. This bleeding usually lasts only 1-2 days and is much lighter than a regular menstrual period.
  • Implantation bleeding is not caused by the same hormones that trigger a menstrual period. Instead, it is caused by the uterine lining becoming irritated when the fertilised egg attaches itself to the uterus. Thus, it is not the same as a menstrual period or a sign of menstruation.
  • Implantation bleeding can be an early sign of pregnancy, but it does not always mean that a woman is pregnant. While some women may experience implantation, others may not notice any signs at all.

At times, there are other possible causes of spotting or light bleeding, such as hormonal imbalances, changes in birth control, or an infection.

When does implantation bleeding occur?

This kind of bleeding typically occurs within a few days of ovulation when the fertilised egg attaches to the uterine lining. The process is called implantation, and it happens about 10-14 days after ovulation.

The bleeding that comes with it is usually light and lasts only a few hours to a couple of days. It may be accompanied by some spots, but it should not be a heavy flow like a period.

What does implantation bleeding look like?

If you are wondering how to recognise implantation bleeding. A few signs that can indicate implantation bleeding:

  • Notice the duration and colour of the bleeding. It is usually much lighter than a period and typically only lasts for a day or two.
  • The colour of the blood may vary depending on how quickly it travels from the site of implantation to the vagina. It typically looks like light spotting or a pink or brownish discharge.
  • In some cases, there may be no visible blood at all, but you may still experience some light cramping. It also tends to be much lighter than the menstrual flow you are used to.

It is important to note that every woman’s experience with implantation bleeding will be different, and there is no “normal” amount or colour as such.

Further, some women may not experience any bleeding at all, and this does not mean that they are not pregnant.

How long does implantation bleeding last?

Typically, implantation bleeding is light, only lasts for a day or two and does not require any type of treatment.

  • However, some women may experience spotting for up to five days, while others may only experience a few hours of light bleeding. In some cases, it can last as long as a week.
  • If the bleeding persists or becomes heavier after a few days, it’s important to see your doctor. Heavy bleeding could be a sign of a miscarriage or an ectopic pregnancy and needs to be checked out right away.
  • Implantation bleeding is a normal part of the early stages of pregnancy and should not cause too much concern. But, it’s important to keep an eye on the length of time it lasts and talk to your doctor if you have any concerns or if the bleeding persists for more than a few days.

Is implantation bleeding a sign of pregnancy?

Implantation bleeding can be an early indication that you are pregnant. However, it’s important to note that this kind of bleeding can occur even if you’re not pregnant.

Other causes of spotting or light bleeding may include hormonal changes, ovulation, cervical irritation, or an infection.

What are the other signs of pregnancy?

Aside from implantation bleeding, there are other signs and symptoms of pregnancy that you should look out for. These can include:

  • Feeling fatigued and nauseous
  • Increased urination
  • Changes in your breasts, such as swelling, tenderness and tingling
  • Food cravings or aversions
  • Mood swings
  • Heightened sense of smell

Other signs may include light spotting or cramping, constipation, backache, and headaches.

If you are doubtful about conception, it’s important to take a pregnancy test to confirm. If the test is positive, make an appointment with your doctor to discuss your options.

When should I see a doctor?

It is important to seek medical attention if you experience any of the following:

  • Heavy bleeding that lasts longer than two days
  • Bleeding that is accompanied by fever or chills
  • Severe cramping or pain
  • Bleeding accompanied by unusual vaginal discharge or a foul-smelling odour
  • Bleeding after sexual intercourse

If you experience any of these symptoms, your doctor can perform a physical exam to help determine what is causing the bleeding. They may also recommend additional tests to confirm or rule out a pregnancy.

In some cases, heavy bleeding can be a sign of a miscarriage or other serious conditions, so it’s important to seek medical attention as soon as possible.

In conclusion

If you experience implantation bleeding, getting medical advice from a healthcare professional is important.

At BFI, we provide a range of services to assist those experiencing implantation bleeding. We provide advanced diagnostic facilities, such as ultrasound scans, to confirm whether the bleeding is a sign of pregnancy.

We also offer consultations with experienced obstetricians and gynaecologists who can assess your condition and recommend the best course of action for your needs, including medications or procedures to help reduce pain and discomfort.

In addition, we offer counselling and support services to help patients cope with any psychological distress they may be experiencing due to their condition.

FAQs

How do I know if it’s implantation bleeding?  

It can be difficult to tell the difference between implantation bleeding and other types of vaginal bleeding.

Generally, such kind of bleeding is lighter than a menstrual period and does not last as long. It may also be accompanied by other early pregnancy symptoms like nausea, fatigue, breast tenderness, and increased urination.

What are the signs of successful implantation?  

Signs that implantation has been successful include light spotting or cramping at the time of expected menstruation. Some women may also experience heightened sensitivity in their breasts, an increase in cervical mucus, or a feeling of bloating during this time.

What does implantation feel like?  

In most cases, implantation does not cause noticeable physical feelings; however, some people report feeling mild cramps similar to those experienced during ovulation.

In addition, some women experience light spotting at the time of implantation when the fertilised egg implants into the uterine wall.

Written by:
Dr Divya Shandilya

Dr Divya Shandilya

Dr Divya is a knowledgeable and compassionate gynecologist and infertility consultant with experience, dedication and discretion. With 10+ years of experience in clinical practice, she has proven ability to assess and investigate patient symptoms and make critical decisions for their treatment. Her thorough knowledge in sexual health and reproductive medicine and experience in various infertility conditions makes her a valuable addition to our expanding team of fertility experts. Dr. Divya Shandilya has always been passionate about the Obstetrics and Gynecology branch with special interest in the field of Infertility. Which is why she has been associated with some of the most recognized names in the field like Cloudnine Hospital, Noida, as a fertility consultant gynecologist, Indira IVF, Ghaziabad as Functional center head, PMMH (Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya Hospital, Govt. NCT of New Delhi) as senior resident OB GYN. Her core training in this field has also been under very reputed hospitals of India.  

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