What’s the Difference between Implantation Bleeding and Period?
on Feb 24, 2014
by Dr. Christine Lee, MD
When you are trying to conceive, you usually start paying attention to very small details. One such detail that women usually start to take note of and wonder about is implantation bleeding.
When you are trying to conceive, you usually start paying attention to very small details. One such detail that women usually start to take note of and wonder about is implantation bleeding. When you are really hoping that you are pregnant, you can be very concerned about if what you are experiencing is implantation bleeding or the start of your period. Read on for some ways to find out for sure. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here
Implantation bleeding occurs in somewhere around one third of women who become pregnant. If it is implantation bleeding, it will usually occur around 6-12 days after intercourse, so pay attention to your timing. When the egg implants into the uterine lining, some of the blood vessels in the mother’s uterus might be damaged in the process. This can result in a small amount of bleeding or spotting, which is referred to as implantation bleeding. Implantation blood is usually darker than regular period blood, a deep red or almost sometimes even brown looking. It can also be just a faint pink on the toilet paper when you use the bathroom, and remember, 2/3 of women never experience implantation bleeding anyway. You might experience it, but you might not, so don’t count on looking for implantation bleeding to tell you whether or not you are pregnant. You would actually probably be better off looking for other symptoms such as breast tenderness or nausea.
By now, you are probably pretty familiar with what menstrual bleeding is. Your period will last much longer than implantation bleeding. If you notice blood and it stops right away, it is probably implantation bleeding, but if it keeps going for a few days, that is probably your period. While implantation can be an “off” color, your period is usually a fresh, bright red. That can help you tell the difference. There is also a much larger amount of blood if you are experiencing your period, and a much smaller amount of blood if you are experiencing implantation bleeding. If, at any point, you are not sure whether you are experiencing implantation bleeding or your period, you can take an over the counter pregnancy test. While you might not get a positive result right away, you should wait a few days or even weeks to take a test. Otherwise, you can go see your doctor to have a blood test done to make sure what you are experiencing.
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Dr. Christine Lee earned her Ph.D. in Developmental Biology and Master of Science in Biomolecular Organization. Dr. Lee is Lab Director for ConceiveEasy and is board certified as a High Complexity Laboratory Director (HCLD).