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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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  • Kaitlyn

    I had sex with my boyfriend the day after my period we didn’t use a condom and after that like 3 days later I started spotting but its starting to get heavier so I dont know if its my period still like maybe it didn’t stop or am I pregnant ? I also took a test but it came out negative its only been 5 days so it may be too soon to tell

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  • Sam

    Hi I have had my period while on my period I had sex twice and now I’m having a light red brown blood idk if it’s old blood or implantation bleeding I did have sex a day before I started my period and a week before that. I have had a bad stomach ache and head aches yesterday and I’m hungry more also real nauseous but no throwing up could I get pregnant and still have my period my test a week before we’re negative I think I checked way to early. Irk if I’m pregnant I have gained weight when I was 96-103 I’m very petite and short. Could I be pregnant. Or a side effect prime prenatal vitamins?

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  • Sumaiya

    Hey what’s the app called?

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  • Marda

    I had my period on March the16th. And on April the 1st. I blessed for two day what do this means

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  • Amy H

    Hi, I don’t know if this is normal but a day after I had sex I got my period and it wasn’t the time for me to get it yet and I’ve never experienced such bad cramps like this before! I’m not sure if it’s normal but I’m pretty scared because the date is way off from when my period comes and why are my cramps so bad ?

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  • Nazma majeed

    Hi Maureen.. I have a question. I started taking the pill for 16 days. Started the pill mid week and have had unprotected sex 3days after I first took it. Since then I’ve not been taking the pill at the same time. Even every day. A few days I have been 4 hours late and still have unprotected sex.. I stopped taking the pill when I thought I was pregnant but have had a bleed about 7 days after my ovulation date.. Can I be pregnant?

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  • CCE0910

    My period usually comes on 19th of wach month. For March it came on 15 then April it came on 11th only and it was light. What does that mean?

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  • blessed

    I would like to ask a question…I usually have my period every month on the 11th…I had unprotected sex on mar.26, 27, and 29… My period came on 1 week early on the 4th of april which lasted longer 7 days and was light than heavy and light again….I have tender sore breast, bloating, lit feeling of sickness…my breast are very heavy and sore which is going on 3 weeks…what is going on, I don’t think I am pregant because my period came on and everyone is saying that implantation bleeding is very lit.

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  • mrs.c

    I am not on any birth control and my cycle just went off about 2 weeks ago and now 8 days before next cycle I’m bleeding but it’s not like a normal cycle my cycle is usually heavy. Please tell me what could be going on with me

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  • mg

    i think a had a spotting 2weeks before my period start, that was monday when i thought that i had a spotting, then the next day my bf and i had sex and there was a blood so thought my period will start earl, but today it seems like the bleeding stops, im i pregnant???

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  • Jocelyne

    So about 2-3 days before my period was do, me and my boyfriend had intercourse. The condom broke but I didn’t think anything of it. The day my period was supposed to come it didn’t, that same day I took a plan B pill since they’re effective about 3 days. And it’s been more than a week since I took it and now I’m having light spotting and cramping. Is this a delayed side effect of the Plan B, or could it be implantation bleeding?

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  • Sandra Powers

    Hello my cycle is every 26 days and I’m always on time. I’m also a very very heavy bleeder my period was suppose to come on April the 29 but instead I got it April the 27 and it ended light only one pad all day it went off on the 29th lower cramps mostly on the left side backache stomach is bloated could I be pregnant

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  • rnd

    I was 3 days late on my cycle and I started bleeding that same day and only bleed for 2 day. Am I pregnant

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  • Jun padrones

    Ive been bleeding for 12days it was started at light bleeding

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  • Jun padrones

    Ive been 8days delayed and ive decided to took preg test and it shows a faint line. But theres a light period. After 5days i took another preg test and faint line shows again. It been 1week i been experiencing heavy flow i dont know if it is menstruation or what .lately i tool another pregtest and the result was negative.whats happening to me.

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  • star

    My menstrual came on early like a regular menstrual cycle it wasn’t due until 11 more days. I haven’t taken a pregnancy test & I never had an miscarriage? What could cause such thing I’m worried.

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  • alex yorks

    I have any important question I was late on my period I seen just a litype blood when I wiped I assumed my period was coming and didn’t no show so on the 29th at 12:00 am it came but it was light I woke up at 7:00 am it was gone I be been feeling sick certain smells make me sick igo to use the bathroom again I saw just a little blood like spotting and still no period I have went 33 days with a period am I pregnant or is something wrong? I need answers

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  • KyiaAnne

    I started my period 6 days early i have always started on time what could this mean?

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  • KyiaAnne

    I started my period 6 days early and its always on time what could this mean?

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  • Julianna González

    Am i pregnant!? I been having unprotected sex with my boyfriend and 2week ago i felt dizzy, sleepy, more tired, back pain, a weird taste in my mouth.. i was suppose to get my period on the 26 but it came a day early on the 25 which it’s weird because that never happens. I’m confused am i pregnant or not? Someone help

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  • sara oconnor

    my tubes have been tied for 12 years now. my period is usually pretty reliable and normal.this month i started 3 days early,my flow was very light(only enough to use a liner). it was brownish in color and only last three days. i dont know what is going on or if i should be worried. can anyone please help me understand what is going on

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  • Tulika Sagar

    I had unprotected sex on 29th may and 30 th may and from the next morning i started feeling nausea and unwell with mensurational like cramping and my periods has to be on 12th june but on 6th june i noticed some brownish discharge with cramping all day and today in the morning bleeding happenned for two time from then it is like spotting only .
    Can i still be pregnant ?

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  • Clau8909

    I had my period a week early this month co pared ro last maonth… Im alreafy officailly off it but i have been throwing up the past 3 days… Idk if i shuld take a pregnacy test ot not… My orriginal date for my period its supposed to be the 9 of june but came on the 2 of june.. But i can remeber on may21 my husband. Ejaculated a few drops inside… So idont know what to do….

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  • linda

    Hello. Last month (may 19) my period came 8 days early. A very normal full flow period. That had never happened to me before. The soonest I had ever had a period was 2 days early. I put in my period date in my period calendar and it predicted that my next period would come June 19th. Then on June 6 I began spotting. at first it was spots of pink mixed in with my CM. the first and second day were light. then the third day it was brighter and similar to AF but still very light, so i assumed i had my period. then it stopped on the fourth day and went back to spotting. I spotted for 5 days in total. I took a pregnancy test this monday- (5 days before AF is due) – it was negative. Is it possible this was implantation bleeding? or is it my period early again.

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  • Amanda

    What the holy fuck…….Your comment was a miscarriage.. Jesus Christ..

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  • juliana

    I had sex with my bf and we didn’t use protection and 2day later went on my periods and nw one week later o have brownish spotting and am always tired could I be pregnant

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  • samantha nicolau

    I just started spotting a little bit it’s coming out like a light pink my. Is not due until the 16th and I had my tubes clamped what could it be

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  • Ashlee

    I had unprotected sex on the 24th of June. But on the 28th I had started taking pills name Clindamycin and I finish them within couple days. I was suppose to start my period on the 30th of June but I didn’t instead I started to spot on the 4th of July and later that day I started to bleed heavy and the next day and on the 6th I completely stopped bleeding and now today (7th) im spotting again and my periods are always regular. My last period was June 3rd to 9th. 7 days 27 cycle. Please help me I’m not sure either go to doctors see if I’m pregnant or it was the pills.

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  • ams28

    Hi. I had unprotected sex and he came in me. This was 2 weeks ago. I’m not due to start until 2 more weeks but my period came 2 weeks early. So exactly 2 weeks after we had sex and 2 weeks before I’m due to start I started my period. But it’s really painful and super heavy. I’m using 3-4 tampons a day. And the pain is unbearable on my left side and my back. Is this implantation bleeding? Or just an early period?

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  • Sam

    My last period was June 20th I have been trying to conceive my period isn’t due for another week now also I have been having brown spotting off and on after sex than became a light pink color could I be pregnant

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  • Susan

    My last period end on 7 th June 2016. I had sex using condoms on 13th June 2016. Usually my period comes in 40-50 days. But today I got period. Is there any chance to get pregnant?. Please help with me with an answer..

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  • ashlee

    can it be a miscarrage if it comes down pinkish and brown then starts to be a heavyish dark color ?

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  • Shayla

    Hi, i’m on birth control. tri-previfem to be exact. I missed 2 pills, and was a little behind. Me and my boyfriend never uses condoms, nor the pull out method. However, when I was behind on the pills he never “came” inside of me. Except for when I finally caught up, he “came” inside of me. Then i was on the placebo pills(The Green One, that you’re supposed to take while on your period) However, my period came late, on a Friday and only lasted to the Sunday. And now, two weeks later, I’m cramping and spotting. And not to mention before the missed pills, my breasts have been feeling tender, and heavy non stop. (up to this date they still do.) I have food aversions where as I will throw up if i eat certain foods. I’ve been really fatigue, and cramping and weird feelings in my abdomen where it’s a little hard to suck in my stomach. And not to mention having sex now, really hurts… Can I be pregnant? Should I take a pregnancy test? please help.

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  • callie

    So this has never happend before with my sycle usually I have brownish spotting for my first day and my last day of my period but this time I had light pink spotting. Not even enough to get on my underwear only when I wiped then for 2 days I had a heavy flow and for 3 days after that I had light pink spotting again me and my boyfriend had unprotected sex a day before all of this and a couple times that month before I was suppose to start my period now I’m really naseaus, emotional, dizzy, and extremely tired. What could this be im really confused and don’t know what to do I think it might be all in my head, but I’m not sure please help

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  • Leondra April

    Last month I had my period then I bled two weeks later for 2 days….. This month I was a dagly or two late on my period and then I bled very lightly for a day then it stopped. Could I be pregnant again

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  • Amanda Balsley

    So, I had a normal period on July 16-22. I had sex the 23rd, the 25th-28th, and again on the 30th and 31st. On the night of the 30th, I noticed light pink spotting (which never happens). It got heavier (needed a regular tampon through the day) that lasted until August 4th. It’s now August 8, which is 5 days before I am supposed to start my period. I’m usually having cramps by now. I’ve never bled between periods before. What are the chances in pregnant??

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  • Taniya

    I had my tubes tied 15 years ago. A year later a specialist had to recut and caterize my right tube again, because it had reconnected and was opening back up. When he was inside seen that I have endometriosis. I had finally gotten it under control 6 years ago. Two days after my cycle my husband and I was intimate. Four days later I was very nauseous and had to end up leaving work after I had gotten sick. Ever since then I wake up very nauseous and can’t stand certain smells. It’s only been 15 days since I got off my cycle and I am spotting. There are sharp pains that I get every now and then in my abdomen, and nipple tenderness. Not my entire breast like with being pregnant in the past. I am really concerned that it may be my endometriosis. Just worried that my specialist will want to guve me a hysterectomy. Rather have another baby then go through that.

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  • Jojo

    Hiya im not due for my period till the 13 of september i started 3 days when i had unprotected sex can i be pregnant again i have left side abdominal pain not sure whats going on as my first pregnancy was normal i had to have c section that was almost 2 years ago so i still have numbness in my lower abdomen what do i do

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  • Nina Kealoha

    I am so confused, please help, I wasn’t due for my period and started what seemed like my period 8 days early, it only lasted 2 days, now it’s just when I wiped after using the bathroom, I took a pregnancy test and it was negative, could I be experiencing implantation bleeding and that it’s too early to test?

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  • Sophia

    My periods are 7 days late only started today with so much pain and very minimal. It’s started of as light pink in colour and only used about a quarter of the sanitary pad. It is now bright red and the pain won’t just go away. I have been having pregnancy symptoms for 3 weeks now fatigue nausea and eat only spicy and meaty food.

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  • Sophia

    Could this be just periods or a single of something wrong?

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  • Monica

    Did you end up pregnant? I’m experiencing the same symptoms and also started bleeding a day after my husband and I had unprotected sex

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  • Tiffany Edens

    I am bleeding off and on and it’s just like spotting then it gets a little more. I’m not sure what to do. It gets stronger when ever I climax during sexual relations with my husband.

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  • Jill quisenberry

    I took a at home test it was postive and then went to the health department and it was negtive. And I was spotting. Someone help idk what to do

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  • Michell

    My menstrual came early and it always lasts 7 days and this time it last only 4 days what could it be ?

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  • JayStar

    I lost my virginity on monday, I got my period on wednesday (so excatly on time) the blood was decent but the cramps were horrifying (as usual), today the cramps are still bad but now im spotty when it comes to blood. Could i be pregnant or is it just paranoia?

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  • Candy

    If you have your period a week early for 3 days and the rest of the days are just spotting, could you be pregnant

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  • Kaylie hamm

    Heya I was woundering I took a pregnancy test on Monday And it come up as a faded line but what i don’t get us I come on my period 3 days early I’m really confused what do it mean x

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