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Implantation Bleeding Information

1 May 2011 No Responses

Any sort of unexpected bleeding during a woman’s cycle can be scary.  Bleeding while trying to get pregnant is no exception.  Rest assured implantation bleeding is normally not anything you need worry about.

What does implantation bleeding look like?

Implantation bleeding is a fairly common symptom in early pregnancy.  It’s a vaginal discharge which normally contains a small amount of brownish, pinkish, reddish or even black blood.  The black blood is just ‘old’ blood.

You may only notice when you wipe, it may just be a spot or two, or you may need a light panty liner.  The bleeding can last a few hours or a couple days, as every woman is different.

Experts say that around 30% of pregnant woman experience implantation bleeding.  It happens when the fertilized egg implants in the uterus, causing some of the lining to shed.

Should I be concerned if I have implantation bleeding?

No, you shouldn’t.  Implantation bleeding is perfectly normal.  If you are experiencing unusually heavy discharge or have cramping or other abnormal symptoms, you should see your doctor to be safe.

Woman often miss this signal, as they can mistake it for a light period.  This makes sense, as it usually happens near to when a woman might expect her period to commence.  The closer to the expected start of your cycle it happens, the less likely it is going to be implantation bleeding.

When does implantation bleeding occur?

Implantation bleeding usually occurs 6 to 12 days after ovulation.  The egg usually takes a few days to travel to the uterus for implantation.  The tissue that breaks off during the process may also take some time to work out through the body.  The average is about 10 days, but it can be as little as 4 or as many as 14.  Approximately 70% of women do not experience it.

What other symptoms may I experience with implantation bleeding?

Every woman is different, and some report mild cramping during implantation.  Although normally, cramping, backache or increased bleeding does not accompany implantation bleeding.

How soon after implantation bleeding can I test for pregnancy?

Testing for pregnancy after implantation bleeding depends mainly on the actual day of implantation, length of cycle and the sensitivity of your pregnancy test.

To be safe it is best to hold off testing for pregnancy until the first day after your missed period.  If you don’t know when your period is due, you should wait 8-10 days after implantation bleeding.  As an accurate pregnancy test result should be reliable 12-14 days after ovulation, and implantation bleeding normally occurs 6-11 days after ovulation.

Trust me, it’s no fun to test too soon and get disappointing results.

Be aware of implantation bleeding if you are trying to get pregnant, but understand it may or may not happen.  Both of these scenarios are perfectly normal.

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