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. Molara Jul 24, 2016
    I have not been following my calendar. I noticed light blood and little clot today, what could be the problem?
    1. Sarah (OC Team): It's hard to know, there can be many causes for unusual bleeding / clots, you should speak to your doctor if you are concerned. - (Jul 24, 2016)
    2. Eam: I have a problem. I didn't have spotting, but after ovulation, I got the feeling like I'm having a fever and period-like cramps. Then after a few days, I felt a pain at the back of my lower hips. Then there was a little pain in my lower abdomen. I took PT and it was negative. - (Sep 21, 2016)
    3. Christina (OC Team): You can test for pregnancy again in a few days, but if you're concerned about the pain, talk to your doctor. - (Sep 21, 2016)
    4. Adeola: I have not seen my period. It's 4 days late. What should I do? - (Oct 20, 2016)
    5. Christina (OC Team): Take a pregnancy test. Good luck! - (Oct 21, 2016)
  2. Pam Jul 24, 2016
    I want to learn more about the basal body temperature... I have used the digital ovulation kit.
    1. Sarah (OC Team): Hi Pam, please see the following link for more details on BBT. - (Jul 24, 2016)
  3. Gina Jul 26, 2016
    I'm 3 days post ovulation. I haven't felt "normal" since. We are TTC. My abdomen feels "strange" almost like a stomach ache but not exactly. Somewhat like cramping but mostly just noticable pressure. I had to urinate 2-3 times more than usual yesterday. My period is still 10-12 days away. Are these early signs or am I dreaming?
    1. Sarah (OC Team): Hi Gina, it's hard to know for sure as you can also experience similar symptoms before a period. Have a look at the following article about early signs of pregnancy too. - (Jul 27, 2016)
    2. Andrea: I had bled a week before my period and now I'm bleeding when I was supposed to start. What does it mean? - (Sep 22, 2016)
    3. Christina (OC Team): Implantation bleeding is usually light and lasts 1-2 days. If you're concerned with having bled for a week without knowing the cause, you should definitely talk to your doctor. - (Sep 22, 2016)
    4. Sunday: How soon can you test after ovulation to see if you are pregnant? I'm in the same situation as Gina but 1 day post ovulation. I'm anxious and just want to know if the sperm made its journey successfully. - (Oct 05, 2016)
    5. Christina (OC Team): 14 days. Good luck! - (Oct 06, 2016)
  4. Maria Jul 26, 2016
    I had a hcg diet shot on 15th.
    1. Jasmine: Has this helped you? Are u pregnant? My dr recommended this for me. - (Aug 19, 2016)
  5. Nana Jul 29, 2016
    My due date for period is today and I have a light bleeding for 2 days. I want to know if this is sign of pregnancy or if it's normal bleeding? Or do I have see 3 days before ovulation? I want to know what the bleeding means... thanks.
    1. Sarah (OC Team): Everyone is different Nana, is the bleeding "normal" to you? Not sure what you mean by "Or do I have see 3 days before ovulation?" - (Jul 29, 2016)
    2. Tracey: I always had irregular cycles. I had a period in July 1-8. I started off spotting pink then it changed to dark brown 3 days into the period. It was very light after. I didn't have a period in August. My September period was the strangest. It was very light pink and stopped and started for 7 days. I cramped one time. What can possibly be going on? - (Sep 18, 2016)
    3. Christina (OC Team): I'd suggest taking a pregnancy test if you haven't already. If you aren't pregnant, talk to your doctor about the reason for your irregular periods. - (Sep 19, 2016)
  6. Gely Jul 31, 2016
    Today is my seventh day past ovulation. I've been feeling cramps on my lower right side, but didn't see any spots of blood. Could I be pregnant?
    1. Christina (OC Team): Not everyone notices bleeding during implantation, so as long as you had sex during your fertile window, pregnancy is a possibility. - (Jul 31, 2016)
  7. Hhfs Jul 31, 2016
    I had my period from 21st-23rd of July. I had sex on the 25th and had reasons to take an early morning pill. And today, the 31st of July, I noticed brownish-red stains on my panties. Its kind of a lot. I don't know what caused it. Thanks.
    1. Shawnte: I'm worried about the same thing. - (Oct 05, 2016)
  8. Gely Aug 01, 2016
    Thanks Christina for the reply. But I've been wondering: It's my ninth day from ovulation and I'm not feeling any more cramps. Is this normal during pregnancy?
    1. Christina (OC Team): Some women experience symptoms of early pregnancy and some do not, so it's difficult to say. Have a look at these early signs to see if you are noticing any. - (Aug 02, 2016)
  9. Christebel Aug 02, 2016
    I use to have light bleeding. I now take medication. Last month, my period was very heavy and the colour was red, but this month, it was very light and pinkish in colour. I was also having cramping on the left side of my abdomen.
  10. Betty Aug 06, 2016
    Hi, Thanks for the useful information. One week before my period, I always feel pain in my left tube. Later, I have pain in my lower abdomen (still before my period). What could it be?
  11. Esther Aug 07, 2016
    Hi. I menstruated on the 30th of June. On the 5th of August I noticed very light blood in my vagina. Very scanty drops. I'm scared to take another test because I have been trying to get pregnant for a while. What could this mean?
    1. Christina (OC Team): Depending on where you are in your cycle, slight spotting could have been from ovulation. Have a look at this article - (Aug 08, 2016)
  12. Adedotun Aug 10, 2016
    Please, I need your help. I have been trying to get pregnant for some months now. I take folic acid every day, but still I test negative. My ovulation is always good and frequent, period is good but is there something hindering implantation? And how do I know if implantation is happening in my body? I am expecting another period in the next four days. I am so eager to know if am pregnant now. I don't want to have another flow. I want to test positive.
    1. Christina (OC Team): The two week wait between ovulation and when you can take a test are difficult. It's normal to feel a little anxious to test. You can only confirm that implantation has occurred with a pregnancy test, but while you wait, you can look for these signs: - (Aug 10, 2016)
  13. Lei Aug 14, 2016
    Can anyone please help me out? So first of all, me and my husband are trying to have our second child. Our first born is turning 4 next month. I am now 22 days late with my period. I never missed my period before. I took a home pregnancy test today and it was negative. So today, we had intercourse and I'm bleeding a little when I wipe. Is this normal?
    1. Christina (OC Team): Many things can impact your cycle. If you're concerned, have a talk with your doctor about your missed period. - (Aug 14, 2016)
  14. Oyindamola Aug 14, 2016
    Please help me. I finished my last period on the 24th of July, and I had an unprotected sex that same day. I discovered I started ovulating 3 days later, and have been having constipation since then. Now, I have my period again without any cramps whatsoever. This started on the 12th of August which is exactly 19 days after my last period. Please, this is the first time am experiencing this. I really want to know what has happened to me. Thank you.
    1. Christina (OC Team): It's impossible to say for sure, but this sounds like it could be an irregular period. Your doctor can investigate further and possibly provide you with some answers. - (Aug 15, 2016)
  15. Oladele Aug 21, 2016
    Please, is it safe to have sex three or more days after ovulation when the next day is my period?
    1. Christina (OC Team): Having sex after ovulation won't affect your chances of pregnancy either way. Good luck! - (Aug 22, 2016)
  16. Oladele Aug 22, 2016
    Good evening. What sex position is not proper for couples who are trying to get pregnant? I am used to missionary position. Is there any other that can help me conceive?
    1. Christina (OC Team): Position doesn't matter as much as timing. As long as you are having sex in your fertile window, you have a chance at getting pregnant. Have a look at this article for more information on timing sex for conception. - (Aug 22, 2016)
  17. Lubna Aug 22, 2016
    My period is regular and I am trying to get pregnant. My last period was on the 7th of August 2016. Today is my 17th day. Last night, I had sex and in the morning I got an egg white like discharge with little blood. What does it mean? Please help.
    1. Christina (OC Team): It sounds like you are in your fertile window. You can learn more about evaluating cervical mucus here: - (Aug 23, 2016)
  18. Sarah Aug 23, 2016
    Hi, my ovulation was on the 20th of August and I had sex throughout my fertile window except on my ovulation day. Today is the 23rd of August, and I had heavy cramping in my left abdomen with brownish blood droplets. The cramping is still there. Please, what could be happening?
    1. Christina (OC Team): Did you take the quiz in this article? Cramping with implantation is usually light, but the spotting could be a sign. It could also be a sign that your period is coming. If you are close to your period date, you can test soon. Good luck! - (Aug 23, 2016)
  19. Mckenzie Aug 28, 2016
    I just found out on friday that I'm almost 7 weeks pregnant. I went to the ER because I went to the bathroom and when I wiped, there was blood. It was just a little, though. And there was just a little in the toilet. All they did at the emergency room was take a urine sample an gave me a pregnancy test, which I already knew I was pregnant, then they sent me home. That night and the next day when I went to the bathroom I noticed a very light pink color when I wiped but nothing in the toilet. Should I be worried about a miscarriage? Please note I only have one tube. My last pregnancy I went to get my tubes tied an they forgot one. So I just kept my one tube.
    1. Christina (OC Team): I'd suggest calling your doctor. Hope all is well! - (Aug 28, 2016)
  20. Olajumoke Aug 28, 2016
    I thought I had implantation bleeding because I had spotting (brownish blood) for five days before my menstrual period... but my period came after that five days and was heavy to some extent... Is there any explanation for this?
    1. Christina (OC Team): It's difficult to say. If you are concerned, talk to your doctor. - (Aug 28, 2016)
  21. Abimifoluwa Aug 31, 2016
    The 19th to 23rd, I had 5 days of sanitary pad menses bleeding.
  22. Mary Aug 31, 2016
    Thank you so much for all the sessions. I saw a whitish discharge today and today happens to be a day past my cycle. What could that mean?
    1. Christina (OC Team): Do you mean a day after ovulation? - (Aug 31, 2016)
  23. Precious Aug 31, 2016
    My ovulation window is 20-26 I had sex from 20-24 and stopped after 4 days. I started having pain in my side and back around the pelvic area. My stomach pains were like constipation. The pain lasted for 4 days. It was severe. I use paracetamol and food supplements like complete (Alliance products). What could be the cause and what can I do? I have given birth before. It will be 9 years this month.
    1. Christina (OC Team): Talk to your doctor about any severe pains. - (Sep 01, 2016)
  24. TAtty Sep 03, 2016
    Hi, this is my first time on this site. My period was three days late and then I started seeing pinkish blood and now red blood. I don't know what is going on. Someone please help me.
    1. Christina (OC Team): Hello and welcome! It sounds like it may be a late period. Implantation bleeding is typically light. But keep an eye on it to see if it continues. - (Sep 03, 2016)
  25. Maribel Sep 03, 2016
    After my periods (august 6-13), I had sex a week later (august 17). And in 3 days (august 20), I was spotting for 2 hours and stopped. Two days later, I had cramping like if my period was coming, for maybe 4 days. I still have the cramps but not as intense as before. I'm just waiting for my period that I'm expecting by the 6-10 of September. I'm praying for it not to come. Am I preggo?
    1. Christina (OC Team): Based on the timing, it looks lie your symptoms may be related to ovulation. Have a look at this article about the symptoms of ovulation - (Sep 04, 2016)
  26. Christy Sep 05, 2016
    After four days of period, I had sex on the fifth day. After sex, I bled for two days. What could that be?
    1. Christina (OC Team): Maybe it was a continuation of your period, but if you're concerned, you should definitely talk to your doctor. - (Sep 05, 2016)
  27. Faustina Sep 06, 2016
    I was supposed to have my period on the 8th of August, but I noticed blood immediately. I finished having unprotected sex on the 5th of August, and this bleeding lasted for 3days. Now it's September and I have I not really seen anything up till this day. Initially, pimples and tender breast occurred as always before my period. Until now, the period hasn't shown at all. My breast tenderness has lasted for 2 weeks now not like before and yet no sign of my period. Could this be pregnancy?
    1. Christina (OC Team): It sounds like pregnancy is a possibility. Have you taken a pregnancy test? - (Sep 07, 2016)
  28. Jennie Sep 08, 2016
    I had my period 32 days after my delivery. When will I ovulate?
    1. Christina (OC Team): This depends on a few things, including your cycle length. Enter your cycle dates into your account at Ovulation Calculator and you will get an estimate. - (Sep 08, 2016)
  29. Anita Sep 08, 2016
    My period was 5 days late and am always on time. Before my late period, I was feeling dizzy, tired and nauseous. And even after the period, I was still feeling sick and dizzy for 3 days. After that, I have been feeling crampy when I have ovulation pain.
  30. Adeoo1 Sep 09, 2016
    On my last period, which was on August 23rd, it lasted for five days. But on the third day of my period, I discharged something like flesh. Is it a sign of miscarriage because I'm eager to get pregnant? Thanks.
    1. Christina (OC Team): During your period, your body sheds excess endometrial tissue. This could be what you are referring to, but if you're seeing other signs or worried about a miscarriage, talk to your doctor. You can learn more about what happens during your menstrual cycle here: - (Sep 09, 2016)
  31. Vivy Sep 10, 2016
    I started spotting 5 days after ovulation. I took clomid to help me ovulate. What could cause the spotting?
    1. Christina (OC Team): It sounds like implantation is a possibility. Good luck! - (Sep 10, 2016)
  32. RE Sep 10, 2016
    Hello all who are TTC. My last period was August 14th. It lasted 5 days. My ovulation date was 8/27. We had sex on 8/28. Today, I'm experiencing harsh cramping. I'm expecting my period 9/11/16 or 9/14/16. I took a Prego test on Wednesday, but it was negative. Should I test again if my period doesn't show up 9/11?

    Thank you. This was our first try to "see" if anything happens.
    1. Christina (OC Team): If you actually ovulated on the 27th, the 28th would technically be outside of your fertile window. But I would still suggest testing again if your period doesn't show. Good luck! - (Sep 11, 2016)
  33. Chizy Sep 10, 2016
    l had unprotected sex on the first day of my menses and my menses stopped the second day. Can I get pregnant? I menstruated for two days only instead of 4 days.
    1. Christina (OC Team): You must be within your fertile window to get pregnant, and it is highly unlikely that you would get pregnant on the first day of your cycle. However, if you had sex in the previous cycle and only had a two-day period, I'd suggest testing. - (Sep 11, 2016)
  34. Princess Sep 12, 2016
    Hi, My period is regular and I ovulate every month. I have been trying to concieve for a year now have gone for checkups. My doctor says am perfectly ok, but last month I had sex on my ovulation times and now my period is here early and brownish. I never had any signs that my period was coming. It's meant to come out on the 11th of August. It lasted for three days. What should I do? Please help me. I've been trying for so long and I have no pregnancy signs. I urinate frequently and am having back pain. Thanks.
    1. Christina (OC Team): I'd suggest taking a pregnancy test and the spotting could possibly have been implantation. Otherwise, the best thing you can do is to track signs of ovulation and have sex within your fertile window. Have a look at this article for more information. Good luck! - (Sep 12, 2016)
  35. JOY Sep 12, 2016
    Good evening all. I love this site. Please, I have a problem. I have my period on the 11th of every month. Last month, I had it, but on the 19th, I had sex with my bf and we stopped when he was about to release. Now on the 11th & 12th of this month, I haven't seen my period. Please, what is my faith?
    1. Christina (OC Team): Hi Joy, So glad you found some helpful information here. Have you been tracking your cycles? You may have your period around the 11th every month, but it is unlikely that it always falls on the exact same date. If you have a regular cycle, it may be something like 28 days every month. With a 28-day cycle, you could have your period on the 30th of one month and the 27th of another. I suggest you wait a few days to see if your period arrives. Have a look at this article about the menstrual cycle to learn more - (Sep 12, 2016)
  36. Tommy Sep 13, 2016
    I had my last period on the 5th of last month (August),and I had sex the last week of that month. I am supposed to have seen my period this month, but it is not coming. It's almost two weeks late now. What could that be?
    1. Christina (OC Team): Women can miss periods for many reasons, including hormonal imbalances. If you think you may be pregnant, take a test. Good luck! - (Sep 13, 2016)
  37. Samantha Sep 16, 2016
    My husband and i have been ttc and we felt this month was the month. Yesterday, I had light bleeding. Not even enough to put a pad on, though. Then last night, I had a horrible migraine. Woke up this morning and on my way to work, I had to pull the car over to throw up. However, I dont feel sick at all. I'm at work and fine. I was supposed to start my period today, but it hasnt happened yet. I took a test yesterday morning and it said negative. How long should I wait before I take another test?
    1. Christina (OC Team): We usually recommend testing two weeks after ovulation. If it has already been that long, I'd just wait a few days between tests to allow hcg levels to build. Good luck! - (Sep 16, 2016)
  38. Bukola Sep 19, 2016
    i removed my implant (2 1/2yrs on Aug, 2016) due to bleeding as advised by the doctor. I had a heavy flow for 2 days and later stains. Then I had sex with and without a condom. Can i get pregnant immediately? I am yet to experience my menstrual period because I didn't have regular periods with the implantation.
    1. Christina (OC Team): This depends on whether you are ovulating yet. Unfortunately, there's no way to tell unless you've been tracking. You can try testing two weeks after you had sex, if you think you may have been ovulating. - (Sep 19, 2016)
  39. Snicole Sep 20, 2016
    I ovulated on the 10th or 11th. I had some spotting during ovulation. I'm not due for my period for 5 more days, and they are usually pretty regular. Today while going to the restroom, I noticed blood. No cramping or any aches like my "normal" period, and now the bleeding has stopped. The blood was bright red. Am I getting too hopeful that this was implantation bleeding and not AF?
    1. Christina (OC Team): It sounds like implantation bleeding is a possibility. Good luck! - (Sep 21, 2016)
  40. Eki Sep 21, 2016
    TTC for months now. My monthly cycle is 28 days, but last month it came 2days early (26 cycle) was pinkish in color. The quantity was more than the one in the picture here, but it was odorless/didn't smell. I did home PT, which came out negative. I've been having serious back pain and sharp pains in my stomach. What could it be? And if I'm not pregnant now, what step/drug can I take? I need a reliable gynecologist number too, but I hope it's positive this time.
    1. Christina (OC Team): I'd suggest testing again in a few days. It's normal for a healthy, fertile couple to take a few cycles to conceive. The best thing you can do is to be sure of your fertile window. Have a look at this article for more info. - (Sep 21, 2016)
  41. Tish Sep 22, 2016
    I got my period on the 4-8 of August and again on the 26-30 of August. Then I had some spotting on the 9-11 of September. What does this mean?
    1. Christina (OC Team): Spotting could also be a sign of ovulation. If this is unusual for you, I'd suggest taking a pregnancy test and talking to your doctor about the irregular period and spotting. - (Sep 23, 2016)
  42. Neena Sep 26, 2016
    I read the article, but still I cling to CM. I'm presently 5dpo and I can't say I'm always wet. Just on and off, but we're TTC. Sometimes I feel excess CM and sometimes dry. What possibly it could be? Shall I consider it as positive sign?
    1. Christina (OC Team): You should expect CM during ovulation and it typically dries up (returns to non-fertile state) after. Some women report having CM after implantation, and others report having the same without implantation. Unfortunately, only a test can tell you whether you're pregnant. Good luck! - (Sep 26, 2016)
  43. Teeteelaryoh Sep 27, 2016
    Thanks everyone. My LMP was the 28th of August to the 1st of September. I have a 22 day cycle. My period is supposed to show on the 22nd of September, but it was delayed till the 27th of September. Meanwhile, I had unprotected sex throughout my fertile window and have been experiencing cramps, nausea, fatigue, etc. immediately after my ovulation. I really want to be prego. Please, what's wrong with me? Can somebody help?
    1. Christina (OC Team): Did you get your period today? If not, I'd suggest testing if you haven't already. If you tested early and got a negative result, you can test again. On the other hand, if you did get your period, it could just be an off cycle for you. Good luck! - (Sep 27, 2016)
  44. Agnes Sep 28, 2016
    I have a period last Aug 27-Sept 1, then on Sep 12 and 13. I think I have spotting, but I changed a pad just once. I took the implantation bleeding Quiz and the result was "ITS IMPLANTATION BLEEDING." Hope I become pregnant.
  45. Blessing Oct 02, 2016
    I had my period on the 11th of September and my next cycle was due yesterday, the 2nd of October (cycle length is 22). My breasts are usually full and heavy and I always have stomach cramps before my cycle. Up till this moment, I have none of those signs. I woke up this morning and while I was weeing, I noticed blood mixed with discharge coming out. Should I be expectant? Been trying to conceive for some time.
    1. Christina (OC Team): It could just be the start of your period. I'd suggest waiting a day or two to see if it comes. - (Oct 03, 2016)
  46. Jay Oct 03, 2016
    I had my period on the 16th of Sept. I had cramps on my left lower abdomen and I woke up with a headache yesterday and today. I had sex on my ovulation. What could be the cause?
    1. Christina (OC Team): Depending on where you are in your cycle, cramping could be a sign of ovulation, implantation or menstruation. - (Oct 04, 2016)
  47. Brittney Oct 03, 2016
    I'm 8dpo now. I haven't had any spotting. I have just been having cramping pains on one side off and on.
    1. Christina (OC Team): Not everyone notices implantation bleeding. Pregnancy is still possible. Good luck! - (Oct 04, 2016)
  48. Tiffany Oct 04, 2016
    Is it possible not to have implantation bleeding or it be so light you may not notice?
    1. Christina (OC Team): Yes, not everyone notices implantation bleeding. - (Oct 04, 2016)
  49. Evelyn Oct 04, 2016
    I experienced heavy flow a day after sex. Unusual quality from my normal flow and no serious abdominal pain. What does this mean?
    1. Christina (OC Team): It could have been your period. If you're concerned, talk to your doctor. - (Oct 04, 2016)
  50. KJ Oct 05, 2016
    Hi! I am 19 years old and I have some brown discharge that started last sept. 30. I had my last period on sept. 12 and my cycle is somewhat a regular (32 days). My period lasted for 5 days, ending on sept 16. I had unprotected sex on Sept 19 but my boyfriend withdrew before he ejaculated. The brown discharge started on sept 30 with drops of red blood. The following days up to now, im only having light brown discharge. What could it be?
    1. Christina (OC Team): It's difficult to say. If you're concerned, talk to your doctor. - (Oct 05, 2016)
    2. KJ: Could it be implantation bleeding then if it lasts 10 days or more? - (Oct 09, 2016)
    3. Christina (OC Team): This sounds like it may be your period or something else. If you're concerned, talk to your doctor. - (Oct 09, 2016)
    4. KJ: Okay. Thank you so much. :) - (Oct 09, 2016)
  51. Folakemi Oct 05, 2016
    My last period started on the 4th of Sept and lasted for 5 days. Now I'm 3 days late. I didn't have sex. I saw drops of blood yesterday. My period is always heavy the first and second day. I'm really disturbed. Please help me.
    1. Christina (OC Team): Our cycles can be off for various reasons, including hormonal changes and stress. But if you're concerned, talk to your doctor. - (Oct 05, 2016)
  52. Abby Oct 07, 2016
    I have had white discharge for three days, then it stopped and three days later, I started spotting brown with a few pink red drops here and there. I'm not sure if I am on my period or not, this one is not like any others I've had. I've never spotted brown before with any other period and my period has never been this light. It always comes full force and heavy. I'm not sure if this is implantation bleeding or just a change in my period.
    1. Christina (OC Team): It could have been a light start to your period. Did it continue? - (Oct 09, 2016)
  53. Shequilla Oct 08, 2016
    Hi everyone! I was due for my AF today, however, I started two days ago. I have been very regular for the last four cycles. I wear tampons so I change as I have to urinate, but I did notice that the flow has been nothing like my last cycle. When it first started, the color was very brown. It's never started off like that before. So I'm not sure what to do from here.
    1. Christina (OC Team): It could just be an abnormal period. If you think you may be pregnant, take a test. - (Oct 09, 2016)
  54. Tracy Oct 08, 2016
    I have been experiencing pain at the left side of my abdomen for 2 days and started spotting this afternoon with cramps and perspiration. Could it be pregnancy???
    1. Christina (OC Team): Only a test can confirm pregnancy. Good luck! - (Oct 09, 2016)
  55. Honey Oct 08, 2016
    I am 7 days past my expected period and today I had intercourse with my husband. When I pee, I wipe out some brownish color. Can this be implantation even though I missed my period? I am having cramping, mood swings, bloating before my period and now still cramping? I did test, but it came out negative before the spotting...
    1. Christina (OC Team): It sounds like you're having an irregular cycle, which happens to most women from time to time. You can test again in a few days if you think you may be pregnant. Good luck. - (Oct 09, 2016)
  56. Rose Oct 09, 2016
    I had my last period on the 22 of Sept. 10 days later, I bled in between periods, slight brownish color. I then had intercourse on the 7th of October. Please help me. I have been trying to get pregnant for months. Thanks.
    1. Christina (OC Team): Spotting between periods could be a symptom of ovulation or implantation. Do you know when you ovulated? - (Oct 10, 2016)
  57. Sussy Oct 10, 2016
    I am two days late for my period. I had my September period fifteen days after the previous one in August. I was supposed to have my period on Saturday but I have not seen it. What could be the cause?
    1. Christina (OC Team): It's possible that this is just an irregular cycle, but if you're concerned, talk to your doctor. - (Oct 10, 2016)
  58. Glory Oct 10, 2016
    I had my LMP on the 8th of Sept. I ought to have seen it by the 6th of Oct. Now it's the 10th. I get really tired and crampy. I have a stuffy nose, sore throat and am feverish in the evenings. When I brush my teeth, I feel like vomiting. No period, but I feel like am menstruating...
    1. Christina (OC Team): Those sound like promising symptoms for pregnancy. Have you taken a pregnancy test? - (Oct 10, 2016)
  59. Vera Oct 10, 2016
    Hi, I haven't had my period for two months and PT is negative. But my period came today again. What can be the cause?
    1. Christina (OC Team): Many things can cause missed periods, including stress, diet and hormonal changes. If you're concerned, talk to your doctor. - (Oct 11, 2016)
  60. Leesi Oct 11, 2016
    Hi, my husband and i does not work and live in the same city, so we can't have sex all the time but we had sex on sunday the 9th of October at 3AM and I entered my fertile window on the 10th being the next day. That should be 21 hours before the window. What are my chances of conception?
    1. Christina (OC Team): Being in different geographic locations can make TTC more difficult, but if you get the timing right, it should be fine. Did you mean 21 hours before ovulation? That's a great time to TTC. - (Oct 11, 2016)
  61. Lil Oct 11, 2016
    My significant other and I had unprotected sex a day (9/30/16) before my period was due. My period didn't show on 10/1/16. It came 4 days late on 10/5/16. It was light pink, and then10/6/16, it came light to moderate for 3 days. On the 4th and 5th day, it turned dark brown with mucus. Help!
    1. Christina (OC Team): It could just be an irregular period, but you can test if you think you may be pregnant. - (Oct 11, 2016)
  62. Lil Oct 11, 2016
    Btw, on the 3rd day, I had the worst lower back pain and slight cramps. I never had that before. I couldn't sleep that entire night.
  63. Lil Oct 11, 2016
    I will test just to be sure I am not. Quite frankly, isn't it impossible to get pregnant a day before my cycle?
    1. Christina (OC Team): Yes, it would be impossible to get pregnant if the only time you had sex was the last day of your cycle. But in order to be sure of this, you must be 100% certain of your cycle dates, and this includes when you ovulated. It's common for women to have irregular cycles from time to time, and with a late period, it sounds like you had one. Pregnancy may be highly unlikely for you in this cycle, but it's possible if you don't know when you ovulated. - (Oct 12, 2016)
  64. Joanna Oct 12, 2016
    I have taken clomiphene 100g for 5 days in August, then I had a light period for 2 days on 14 -15 sept. I started spotting 6 days before my due date (9 October). I then started my period. It's pinkish on the 12th of October. My stomach is bloating, I have heavy breasts and pain on my lower right side, which is on and off. I feel sleepy now I am confused.
    1. Christina (OC Team): Bloating and breast tenderness are common symptoms of menstruation. If you think you may be pregnant, you can test. - (Oct 12, 2016)
  65. Stacey Oct 13, 2016
    CD 15 today - opk today and yesterday (cd14). I had not used an opk previously. I had cramping/low back pain for 3 days. It started CD 13. There was very minimal brownish spotting today along with worsening of cramping. Also, I have had a cold for 4 days accompanied by dizziness and sudden nausea. Emotionally, I am feeling great. Physically, I feel off. Maybe the flu or something? Anyway, I'm wondering what the cause of spotting could be? I'm not due for af til Oct. 29th.
    1. Christina (OC Team): Sounds very promising for implantation. Good luck! - (Oct 14, 2016)
  66. Rebecca Oct 13, 2016
    I am TTC and am 7-8 dpo. Since day 5 past ovulation, I have been periodically, lightly cramping on my left pelvic side only. Not sharp pains, but definitely pains I have not had before and noticable. I also was lightly spotting 5-6 dpo. I am still getting the pains and am wondering if this is normal to last this long and when I should be able to take a pregnancy test. I am concerned about ectopic pregnancy or something abnormal as I am 37 yo. Thank you!
    1. Christina (OC Team): Hi Rebecca, It sounds like implantation is possible. You can test at 14dpo. Good luck! - (Oct 14, 2016)
  67. Rae Oct 13, 2016
    I had sex 8/25, and my period came in September (it lasted 11 days due to antibiotics I was taking for a uti). My next period was supposed to come (according to my period tracker calendar) on my birthday October 7. It is now 6 days later and still no period. I had really dark bleeding before the 7th, and thought my period was coming early, but nothing. I had slight cramping the other day. Could it just be coming later this month due to it lasting 11 days in August or could it be something else???? HELP!!!
    1. Christina (OC Team): It could be an irregular cycle or even a missed period. These things happen to many women from time to time. - (Oct 14, 2016)
  68. Hina Oct 14, 2016
    Hi. I had light spotting, like few drops of pink brownish blood, and it lasted for few hours. It was before my period. What does that mean? Can anyone help me please? I'm trying to conceive.
    1. Christina (OC Team): It could be implantation. Good luck! - (Oct 14, 2016)
  69. Keyonnia Oct 15, 2016
    Hi. I need help. I'm a week away from my period start date. I haven't been following my calendar since last month, but I noticed blood this morning. Well, I put a pad on and went to bed. I woke up to no blood at all on the pad or when I wipe. Could I be pregnant ?
    1. Christina (OC Team): It sounds like implantation bleeding is a possibility, but you'll need a test to confirm. Good luck! - (Oct 17, 2016)
  70. MummaO Oct 17, 2016
    Hi! On the day my period was due, I had assumed I had started my monthly flow. I'm normally very heavy, dark.
  71. Cj Oct 19, 2016
    Please help. I had unprotected sex on 17th and 18th and my period was supposed to come on the 19th, but no sign of it coming. Could I already be pregnant? How possible is it and do I need to do a test? My date are usually acurate
    1. Christina (OC Team): If that's the only time you had sex in your cycle and you are sure of when your period is due, it is highly unlikely that you are pregnant. But a test won't hurt and can set your mind at ease. - (Oct 20, 2016)
  72. Amelie Oct 20, 2016
    I had 5 tiny drops of pinkish blood when I wiped yesterday. I ovulated from the 5th-10th of October. My period is due on the 25th. No drop of blood today. Cycle of 26 days. Been cramping from 3dpo. What could that be?
    1. Christina (OC Team): 3dpo is early for implantation, but your other symptoms sound promising. Only a test can confirm. Good luck! - (Oct 20, 2016)
  73. Hazel Oct 20, 2016
    Is it possible to get pregnant a day before ovulation and a day of ovulation?
    1. Christina (OC Team): It's possible to conceive, but implantation would occur around one week later. And it's more likely that you would conceive from sex on the day before ovulation because the sperm takes time to reach the egg. Have a look at this article - (Oct 21, 2016)
  74. Shazia Oct 21, 2016
    Hi, I was supposed to have my period on the 13th of October, but all I had was dark brown blood, which then turned pink. I also had cramping, which felt like my period was imminent. I've done a pregnancy test today (the 21st) but it was negative.
  75. Mira Oct 22, 2016
    My period dates are normally on the 28th of each month and always heavy, but last month it came on the 25th. This month, I was surprised to see it on the 21st, but it's light and am really trying to get pregnant. I don't know what to do.

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