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Period or Early Pregnancy Bleeding?

on Oct 20, 2012

by Lindsey Zaldivar

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Period or Early Pregnancy Bleeding?

If you're bleeding but think you could be pregnant, is it early pregnancy bleeding, implantation bleeding or the onset of your period?

How can you tell if you are getting your period, or if you are experiencing early pregnancy bleeding? Some women continue to have periods while they are pregnant, but how common is that? How can you tell if it is implantation bleeding or if your period is here? When is bleeding enough to warrant contacting your doctor? Those are all very important and valid questions, and today we are going to help you figure them all out. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

What is implantation bleeding?

Implantation bleeding occurs in about one third of pregnant women. It usually happens about a week after you ovulate, or three weeks from the date of your last menstrual period. Implantation bleeding is normally pinkish or brownish in color, and it will come before your period is due. Implantation bleeding can be differentiated from a period by the lack of accompanying symptoms. With implantation bleeding, there will be no cramps, no breast tenderness, and no irritability like with PMS. There are usually no other symptoms other than the blood, which is usually darker than normal menstrual blood. There is also usually less blood than with a normal period, and some women’s implantation bleeding is only spotting.

Implantation bleeding or period?

The only real way to know if it is implantation bleeding or your period, if you can not tell on your own, is to take a pregnancy test. You will have to wait until the date that your period should start to get an accurate result. However, if you can not wait, and take a pregnancy test before your period is due, you do have a risk of getting a false positive result even if you really are pregnant, since there probably will not be enough hCG in your body yet to be detected by a test.

Early pregnancy bleeding

If you are bleeding and think you may be pregnant, the first thing to do is take a test to be sure. If you get a negative result, it could be implantation bleeding and you are testing too early for the test to detect hCG in your system, or it could simply be your period. If, however, the test is positive and you are bleeding, don’t automatically freak out. Bleeding during your first trimester is actually fairly common, affecting about 20 to 30 percent of women. Sometimes the changes to your uterus during early pregnancy, including the increased blood flow to the area, can cause some light spotting or bleeding for a day or so.

Possible miscarriage

However, if the bleeding continues, gets heavier, or is accompanied by pain such as cramping or back pain, you need to see a doctor. Bleeding during early pregnancy is sometimes a sign of miscarriage. About half the time, bleeding during pregnancy is a sign of miscarriage, and the other half of the time it is not. So, a good rule of thumb to remember is that if the bleeding is enough to be a cause of concern for you, you should see your doctor. Where your pregnancy is concerned, it is always better to be safe than sorry.

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Lindsey lives in Roselle, Illinois with her husband and son Harry. In between keeping up with a busy toddler, she enjoys blogging about parenting, cooking, crafting at The Accidental Wallflower.

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  • Lashay

    I have been bleeding for 11 days now and it hasn’t stopped. Ive been trying to conceive and I found out I had an tilted uterus after a negative urine test. Could i be pregnant?… the bleeding started 2 weeks before my period. Its a flow but not heavy. Which my usual periods are heavy like and last 5-6 days only.

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  • ashley

    Okay I had a period in February at the en d but dont remember when so in march in the middle me and my dude has had sex twice and the first sex we had was for a couple of hours and the second time he stuck it in for a few mins and than he didnt take it out until like 30 mins later and that was it and i havent started my period no bleeding i havd back pains headaches warnings to through up but cant my boobs hurts num and tingly my first two kids werent like this with my first 2 pregnancy so what should i do and im having cramps

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  • Elizabeth

    Hi, I had my cycle on the 5th of this month and I have a 29 day cycle. I ovulated sometime between the 17th-26th and I am not supposed to start my period until the 3rd of April and am experiencing light bleeding, no cramps. Could I possibly be pregnant?

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  • hondagurl

    plz help really confused…LMP was march 15-18 that was normal i have always had regular cycles…ovulation was march 27- april1st me and my husband had unprotected sex on march 25&28&30 & april 1st ………started spotting april 1st then it stopped the on april 2nd that evening it started again and today its not like my period my next period is not due until april 17…. any opinions as to what maybe going on?????? lower back pain..

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  • ajacks

    I finished my period on Friday April 4th, and slept with my bf that night. We used a condom, but it broke, like tore completely apart. Within 24 hours I took Plan B, and didn’t feel sick or anything until 7 days later I started having some brown spotting. Now 3 days later, I am having what seems to be a light period with brown blood, but still not heavy at all just enough for a pad, but barely. This is strange for me for two reasons, one being I am not supposed to get my period until the beginning of May ( and it is fairly regular), but the second is the strangest, I suffer from a severe case of dysmenorrhea, and I have absolutely no cramps or discomfort with this bleeding I am currently having. I do have heavy breasts, very sensitive nipples, and a lot of leg aching, as well as tenderness in my lower abdomen all the way across. I am really trying to find out what the chances are that the Plan B did now work, if this is just a side effect or if I may actually be pregnant and what the chances are in that case? Also, when should I test if I don’t know if this is my actual period or not?

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  • kam

    My period came earlt this month n last month I usually get my cycle around the 28 of every month but I’ve gotten it early for two months now my boyfriend is feeling sluggish sleepy queasyy n feel like he has to vomit on n off but I haven’t had no symptoms n my period came on the 3 this month n my periid was light than it got dark and only lasted for 5 days vs 7 help neef advice

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  • Megan

    I missed my period in January and may have had an early miscarriage or it could have been due to stress. I had a normal period in February and March. I thought I had a period last week, but it was a couple of days before my period usually comes. It seemed normal (I have short, light periods all the time). Today, I woke up nauseous and could not stand the smell of bacon or coffee, which I usually love. Despite this, I would normally not be worred that I am pregnant. However, my best friend, who is 5 months preggers, recently told me that her “implantation bleeding” was like a normal period – just a day shorter. She noticed no other difference. Now I feel like I can’t depend on my period to let me know whether I’m pregnant. Thoughts?

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  • juli8701

    Really dont think you needed to be graphic on suking u dude balls

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  • olivia

    I had sex everyday for 4 days but started bleeding heavy but periods not due could I still get pregnant and whats the bleeding

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  • Ashante

    Hello. My fiance and i are trying ro have a baby. My period was expected to start yesterday and i had a brownish pink light discharge and today im having bleeding but its alot lighter than my normal period but im having some cramps and back pain… I havent taken a pregnancy test yet but we had sex the week that i ovulated which was the 11th of this month. Whats happening or what should i do?

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  • TDB

    Hi there, my husband and i have been TTC about 3 weeks ago we thought i was but then my menstrual cycle started but it was a bit lighter but more like pieces than my normal cycle was, i went for a blood test and it came back negative, so when i ovulated we tried again and now i’m a bit confused and worried as my cycle is not due until a weeks time and i’m experiencing some bleed much lighter than my period but still more than just spotting, the color varies from brownish to red…. Could this be a problem or can it be implantation bleeding?

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  • jjjjjjj19191919

    i had unprotected sex but he did not finish inside of me however i was worried about precum so the next day i took plan b about five days later i got my period way sooner than expected and it didn’t last more than four days my usual cycle is 7 or 8 days long what is going on

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  • Bonitachaparrita

    Hi I am a 35 year woman that is a little confused I have been having for the last 5 years irregular periods that varies from 16 days to 65 days cycles my last period was April 12 and I had unprotected sex April 26 I have been cramping and yesterday I star bleeding like a light period and the part that confused me more is that some times my periods can be really heavy and other times really laugh like what I’m experiencing now, what are my chances to be pregnant

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  • http://batman-news.com mandis

    Ok so I had unprotected sex on april 26/14 I took a morning after pill three days later. now I got my period ( at least I hope it is) 9 days early(May 10/14), and they have been consistant for over a year, and its not as heavy but it kinda feels like a a period so today 5/14/14 I went to wipe myself and it was mucus and light blood. Is this just my period changing some or is it maybe pregnancy.

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  • Bethany

    According to my period tracker I ovulated on the 15th. Today is the 21st and this morning I was wiping pinkish brown blood. Is it to early to be implantation bleeding? My period is still like 7 days away.

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  • Sanju

    I usually have very regular 28 day cycles. My period was due on may 6th. But, i started bleeding on 29th april itself. First it wasvery light but, gradually it was moderate. It was watery and not heavy as my normal period. It lasted for 2 n half days where as my regular period would last for 4 days and heavy. We are trying to have chidren since 3 months. So, am i a pregnant?? I had a early pregnancy test on 4th may before my period was due, and i had another test on 20th may, both are negative. I dont have any symptoms at all. Sometimes constipation and sleepiness. Help.

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  • T

    Started my period 2 days early. It was heavy and only lasted 3 days. By the 3rd day it was light enough to only wear a pad.could this be a pregnancy? I ovulated right when we had sex

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  • Brooklyn

    My doctor is sending me to get tested for endometriosis, Ii have an appointment on the 10th of June.
    I finished my last period on the 8th of May today is the 27th I’ve been spotting very lightly for about 3 days, I get severe cramping, it physically gets me curled up in a ball, I have been waking up covered in sweat for about 2 weeks. When I wake I have to go straight to the bathroom to make bowel movement, if I can’t do both movements then I get horrible cramping. I feel very weak and tired constantly, sleep a lot but I’m genially a sleepy person, I had the rod in my arm for about a year, witch was 2-3 years ago and about. 3-;4 moths ago I have the injection in my arm to stop falling pregnant. I feel so unwell and I’m worried as to why?

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  • Nicole

    Hi, I needs to know whats going on…oka this month is June right?? Well its been a year already since my body healed from my bby gurl had her March, 26, 2013. Before March this year my period came on da 1st..then after March it suppose to come on da 6 every month for 3 days. Today is da 2 and im bleeding now..its four days early. The bleeding was bring pink with and heavy discharge. Please help whats going on??

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  • Nicole

    Bright pink I mean!!

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  • hadi

    hi my girlfriend and I have been dry humping and we never took clothes off but this is the second month that her period comes 10 days earlier and today we were dry humping and she told me she was feeling pain at her vagina ( ps.:yesterday was her last period day the lasted 5 days) so im realy worried ..Is there an chance that she might be pregnant?

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  • ma#2

    I ended my period 8 days ago a d today I had brow blood in my underware. Now a few hours later its light and its light pink. Could i be pregnant already?

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  • ma#2

    I ended my period 8 days ago. When I woke up this morning I had brown blood in my underware. Now I have light pink blood. Could I be pregnant?

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  • gk

    What is the risk involved in between implantation and the next periods due date.when someone gets implantation bleeding and home pregnancy test positive, thn is thr still chances of getting periods. ?

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  • Jessica

    Is it normal to have a period thats a week early, Right now its brown discharge!!

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  • christina

    Iast month i had sex a day before my period and i had a normal period a week later i start having cramping and my breast started getting tender and i was peeing alot more well now this month i start my period 3 or 4 days early and brownish pink and medium flow can i still be pregnant ?????

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  • stephany18

    I had sex around 2-3 weeks ago and ever since then every week ive been spotting for three days. My period is exremly abnormal and I usually only get it every 3-4 months. What could this mean?

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  • Missy2612

    Hi my name is Mossy. I started my period last month on the 20th of May. My period lasted for a week. and this month my period came nine days earlier and lasted six days. I took a pregnancy test and it came out negative. Is there a chance I could be pregnant?

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  • Help62814

    Ok I have been on the pill for over 3 years and it was the kind where I never really had a period. My husband and I decided we might want to try for a baby in a few months, so I stopped taking the pill in the end of May. Since I have been on the pill for so long I thought it would take a few months for my cycle to go back to normal. I started my period June 3rd and I started taking ovulation tests, surprisingly I ovulated June 16 and my husband and I had unprotected sex June 15th. On the 18-20 I had what I thought was implantation bleeding. But I’m worried because I am supposed to start my next period July 1st but I started bleeding on June 24 it’s like my period but very light, I’m still having pregnacy symptoms though. So is there a good chance I’m pregnant or am I having an early miscarriage?

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  • StephL2510

    I’ve been taking birth control “the pill” for a good 2months but on the 3rd month set of pills I skipped a couple like 7 a week worth of the pills for that month set me And my boyfriend are very sexually actitive and then I started waking up at night feeling sick would never throw up but would spend part of my nigh sitting by the toilet,then I started sleeping all day long ,began craving ceral for all my meals through the day then my period came super early but I don’t know if it came early cause I missed a couple of the pills or if it came early but now I’m like spotting no more bleeding bleeding but spotting I took a test earlier on but came back neg …what is going on,please help

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  • StephL2510

    I’ve been taking birth control “the pill” for a good 2months but on the 3rd month set of pills I skipped a couple like 7 a week worth of the pills for that month set me And my boyfriend are very sexually actitive and then I started waking up at night feeling sick would never throw up but would spend part of my nigh sitting by the toilet,then I started sleeping all day long ,began craving ceral for all my meals through the day then my period came super early but I don’t know if it came early cause I missed a couple of the pills or if it came early but now I’m like spotting no more bleeding bleeding but spotting I took a test earlier on but came back neg …what is going on,please help

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  • sheree

    Ive been bleeding for 4 days before my period help me please

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  • Ashley Smith

    Ok so I was due for my last depo shot in nov but I never went back & got it & I got my 1st period in 3yrs in April none in May & on June 5 I got my period which lasted about a week but after this period everytime I had sex (almost everyday & unprotected) i would bleed for a few hours & it would stop which happened for about a week then the last time I had sex which was about 3 days ago I started bleeding again but I still bleeding its just like a period but my period isn’t due for another 2 weeks.

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  • skeetskeet

    I have been on birth control for three years and have never had a problem with irregularity or problems whenever I missed a pill and had to double up until recently. I had unprotected sex the day after my period ended and again multiple times a week later. I started spotting six days before my period. Lasted like four days brownish color and my period should have been here today and it isn’t. Just cramping and very tired. Took two preg tests and both were neg so far.. What’s going on

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  • AJ

    I had my period like normal. We had sex when I ovulated and he pulled out to late. We then had sex again the day after i ovulated and I started a super light period a week early. I didn’t even fill up a pad a day. I have been super tired and achy and insanely hormonal (I normally have only 1 crazy day the day before my period) I’m confused when I should take an hpt

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  • AJ

    Sorry my question bring when should I test?

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  • Mrs.Trying to get pregnant

    Hi me and my husband had intercourse lastnight and I tarted spotting. Then today its gotten redder and my uterus has started cramping . My period isnt due for another 3 days . I had a miscarriage November of 2013 also has a d&c. Me and my husband have been trying to get pregnant again . Also when I went to the bathroom a little bit ago a blood clot fell out the size of a silver dollar . Please help me to determine if my period has just came early or am I looking forward to bad news again???

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  • Keisha Haynes

    Me In My Fiance Had Sex July 8th But The Condom Popped In He Nutted In Me. On July 9th I Had My Period It Was Liqht Spotting Then Got Heavy Is It Possible I Can Be Pregnant ?

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  • Guerrero

    Guerrero hi my husband and i had sex during my fertile time my last period was june 14 and i startedmy period 1 day early but it is brownish red i do gotta wear a pad its medium flow and normally i bleed heavey could i be pregnant ive been kinda nauseas and dizzy and i dnt feel like myself

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  • sarahsanders50

    My period is usually on the 22 well i had unprotected sex 4 days before and my periods usually 5-9 days well it was only 3 days this time wat are my chances of being pregnant?

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  • Brenda

    Hi there, I’ve been having extremely light spooting for about 4 days now, my period is suppose to be due around next week my menstrual cycle is around 35-40 days. I have had unprotected sex this month. Could this be implantation bleeding?

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  • fancyface3

    i started my period the 5 of july . me and hubby had sex wed after sex i bleed a little then thursday im still spoting now friday still spoting this is my ovulation week. we started haveing sex monday tues wed skiped thursday im wondering whats going on . never done this before .
    my period not due for 2 weeks aug 3

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  • Kathrine

    My period came early and I think I’m pregnant still I had spotting a week ago four drops of blood I also missed ten pills?

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  • asj

    had my period already this month am bleeding again noe but not bad along with major back pain pain under my ribs and pelvic pain along with cramping

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  • Confusedgirl

    I’ve had 3 periods this month due to not being on the depo shot anymore. Me and my boyfriend had unprotected sex about 4 days after being off my period. Now I am bleeding again and I can’t tell wether it’s my period and implantation bleeding. It’s heavyish like a period but I’m not sure. It’s been about 11 days since we had sex

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  • Catherine Elizebeth

    Im not really sure if i am pregnant or even have a clue what is going on with me i cant go to a doctor because i have no health insurance. I couldnt even get obama care or whatever its called which makes no sense to me but here are my symptoms. Severe pelvic pain, swollen sore and firm breasts, irregular periods, ive been lightly spotting for almost two weeks on and off its like a pinkish brown color, my digestion has been off. This morning my pelvic area hurt so bad i was crying and i have a pretty high pain tolerance. It was so bad i almost went to the hospital and it would have put me in debt for a long time. And then once my shift at work today was almost over the pain went down alot and i didnt even take anything. Its still there just not severe anymore. My boobs have been sore and everything for atleast 3 weeks. The pain varies with everything. The last somewhat normal period i had was the first week of last month. My pelvic area and stomach has been very bloated for atleast two days now. I could really use some advice here im miserable.

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  • kayla

    my fiancé and I have been having sex during my fertile window, about five days or so after I was fertile I started having bleeding(light pink). Still about a week out from when my period should start as well. the only symptom i have though is I’ve been extremely tired.
    can I get your feed back please

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  • Gina

    I have been having unprotected sex for about a year now, but usually my boyfriend and I use the pull out method but here for about the past 2 months he hasn’t been pulling out. My period usually comes around the first of the month but I started it yesterday which is 5 days early..should I wait til the first and take a pregnancy test as this may be implantation bleeding? Or should I go to the doctor, If this is my period and I so happen NOT to be pregnant then I kinda wonder why I’m not because I do suffer from an eating disorder and have for a few years now and I wonder if I may have done any damage to my body and not be able to carry a baby. Will a pregnancy test read positive even if there is implantion blood in the urine?

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