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. Princess Mar 25, 2017
    Hi guys, I have had signs of pregnancy. My last menstruation was 23/02/2017 and 21/02/2017. I was bleeding bright red with clots but not my usual. It lastet 3 days and was cramping like I had my period. The following day, I started spotting brown blood and stopped. Also today, I was still spoting brown blood. I'm so confused. Can anyone tell me what's going on? Please help me because I took a pregnancy test and it came back negative. I think It was a bit early
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  2. l Mar 29, 2017
    I am feeling hip pains, lost of appetite, headache and abnormal pains. My body temperature is hot, even my breasts are hot. Does this mean I am pregnant? Because I hadmy period a day after my normal date period, which was on the 15th instead of the 14th.
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  3. CHandy Mar 30, 2017
    I had my menses on the 1st of March, 2017. I had sex throughout my ovulation period. I have a 26-day menstural cycle, so I was expecting my menses on the 26th of March 2017. It never came, but I woke up this morning (30th march 2016) to see my menses. What could that be?
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  4. Alissa Apr 03, 2017
    AF - 3/6 to 3/11

    OV week 3/17 to 3/21

    My bf and I bd on 3/17-3/18

    I started to have light pink/brown spotting in 3/28 to 3/31. Then on 4/1, I was heavily bleeding with some small clots. 4/2 I had some light spotting again and stopped completely??
    I'm confused and don't know if this was IB or AF? AF wasn't due until 4/7? The spotting/bleeding started 1 week before AF!
    I took a HPT and it was a bfn. I've never had an early period before and I'm always on time. This is strange
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  5. Julie Aug 03, 2017
    My period is only one day late but seven days before my period I had a small amount of brown discharge it only lasted about two hours dose this mean I'm pregnant I never have had bleeding in between my period
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