Implantation Bleeding or Period? Quiz

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Andrea Fernando

By Andrea Fernando

For fertilization to occur, fusion of an egg and sperm must occur in the female reproductive tract. This usually happens in the fallopian tube. Once the egg is fertilized, it travels down the fallopian tube and attaches to the lining of the uterus. When it attaches here, some blood vessels are ruptured and the lining of the uterus is disrupted. This causes symptoms of light bleeding and cramping.

Uterus - Implantation bleeding

This is known as "implantation bleeding" - discharge that occurs due to the implantation of the fertilized egg into the uterine wall. It is the first sign of pregnancy.

When does implantation bleeding occur?

Implantation bleeding occurs about nine days after ovulation on average (but can range between 6-12 days after ovulation).

How do I know it isn't just my period?

1. Timing

If you experience spotting before your period is due to begin, this may be due to implantation bleeding. The timing of the bleeding depends on the length of your cycle and when and where fertilization occurred. It can occur anywhere from a week to the day before your period is due to begin.

Implantation bleeding timing Click the image above to zoom.

2. Duration

Your normal period may last from three days to a week, but implantation bleeding usually occurs for less than two days. Some women may only see the spotting or light discharge on one day or for a few hours.

Implantation bleeding duration

3. Color

Implantation bleeding is normally a pinkish or brown colored discharge rather than the sharp, red color of a normal menstrual period. There is no change in the color through the duration of the spotting.

Implantation bleeding color

4. Quantity

Where during a normal period you may need to change a tampon or pad once every four-five hours, implantation bleeding is generally a few drops and very light in quantity.

Implantation bleeding quantity

5. Other symptoms

The symptoms you might expect from your normal period such as acne, mood swings and painful cramps do not usually occur with implantation bleeding. You may find light abdominal cramping which is completely normal, but the other hormonal impacts of menstruation do not occur in implantation bleeding.

Implantation bleeding other

6. Basal Body Temperature

Basal body temperature is the lowest resting temperature of your body, usually at rest. Immediately following ovulation, BBT increases and stays elevated until the next period. If you are monitoring your BBT for ovulatory purposes, in implantation bleeding, a slight rise in BBT will be seen around nine days after ovulation.

Implantation bleeding bbt basal body temp rises
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Implantation Bleeding or Period Quiz

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The bottom line: Don't forget that once you're pregnant, you will no longer have your normal menstrual period. If you notice that your period is early, very light in quantity, and has changed to a pink or brown color, this may be the first sign of pregnancy. See your doctor for a blood test, which can then accurately confirm the pregnancy.

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  1. Victoria Feb 14, 2017
    I seriously need help. I have a 28-day cycle but on the day of my expected period (11th of this month), I saw brownish discharge when I visited the loo. After some hours, the discharge was gone. Since the 11th till now, I have been having painful cramps like my period, but not my period. I only saw the brown discharge two to three times. Each time I used the loo. I still have period-like cramping but no period. I took clomid. Also, from 7th to 11th of this month, I felt sick, tired and dizzy. I Have been super active with hubby. What's going on?
  2. Thembie Feb 18, 2017
    Hi. I did take a home pregnancy test. It came out negative, but still I feel pregnant. It's the second month now and sometimes I feel movement in my tummy at night.
  3. Mickey Feb 20, 2017
    My friend needs help. Her last sex was Oct 6th of last year and she said that she had her period on Nov 18th of last year. This week she said that she's 13 weeks pregnant? She becomes so depressed and emotional.
    Hoping for a reply, thanks. :)
  4. Maria Feb 20, 2017
    I need help. I had my last period in Oct. Then in Nov., I had nothing. Then in Dec., I had some brownish spotting. It happend in the morning then it was gone in the evening. It lasted for 3 days and was strange to me because my period lasted for a week. And then in Jan., I had nothing. I took 2 PT and they came out negative, and yesterday I had a little cramping and a little pinkish spotting but today its gone.. What could it be??

    Thanks in advance.
  5. ABcd Feb 20, 2017
    I had sex 21 days ago but he didn't ejaculate inside me. We had not used protection either. I am supposed to start my period any day now, but I am experiencing brown discharge since last night. However, it doesn't look like old blood. It looks like just a vaginal discharge. Could this be implantation bleeding? Could I be pregnant? I had experienced thick mucous discharge on the 8th as well as 11th day of my cycle .

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