How Long Does Implantation Bleeding Last?
In the very early stages of pregnancy, a woman might begin to notice some bleeding coming out on her underwear which is different from her regular period. This is known as implantation bleeding or spotting, and differs from the bleeding that occurs during menstruation and is an early sign of pregnancy in some women.
What is it exactly, how long will it last and what can you learn from it?
What is Implantation Bleeding?
Implantation bleeding occurs after a fertilized egg travels through the fallopian tubes and implants into the walls of the womb, or uterus. As tissues form around the egg, it can irritate the walls of the uterus and cause some bleeding.
Blood can leak from the cervix and come out on the underwear.
One-third of pregnant women experience implantation bleeding.
What are the Signs of Implantation Bleeding?
Implantation bleeding differs from bleeding from menstruation in several ways, and is a signal that you might be pregnant. So, it is of value to understand what it looks like and how it feels.
- is darker than bleeding from your period. It is usually a brownish color, because the blood is not fresh.
- often accompanies lighter cramping than your period.
- is not as heavy as your period.
- occurs around a week before your normal period.
If there is excessive pain or a deep red to the blood or it's heavy, you should consult a health care specialist.
When Should You Take a Pregnancy Test After Implantation Bleeding?
One thing to keep in mind when you are showing signs of implantation bleeding is whether you are showing other signs of pregnancy. Are you nauseous, are you very tired?
The bleeding will occur within 6-12 days after conception, so it is wise to consider this too when calculating when it begins to determine whether it is indeed implantation bleeding that is occurring.
It is important to understand what is happening in your body too: It is after the egg comes down the fallopian tubes and implants into the womb that it will begin to develop what is known as the pregnancy hormone or hCG (human chorionic gonadotrophin). It takes time for this hormone to start being produced in the uterus. In other words, a pregnancy test might not yield positive results if taken too early. In fact, it won't come out positive until the placenta begins to develop and produce hCG.
So, if you take an early pregnancy test after 3-4 days after implantation, you could get a positive result. Many women test positive right after they've missed their period, or about a week after implantation.
So, How Long Does Implantation Bleeding Last?
This depends on the woman, everyone's different. In some cases, the bleeding can last a month or two, though this seems to be rare. It is important to consult a physician or other health care specialist in these cases if there is an excessive amount of pain accompanying the bleeding.
However, though the bleeding can last a month or two in some cases, it is generally the case that it lasts a day or two. And, as stated earlier, the bleeding itself is somewhat rare, occurring only in one-third of cases of pregnancy. And in very rare cases the bleeding is the sign of something serious, so that's why it is important to monitor it, watch the color of it and keep track of how much pain accompanies the bleeding. Typically there should only be light cramping and some soreness.
The Take Away
So, it should be remembered that implantation bleeding is darker than your usual period and only accompanies light cramping. The blood flow will be lighter, not as heavy as your period, hence the term, spotting.
If spotting accompanies other signs of pregnancy like nausea or extreme tiredness, you are showing signs that indeed you could be pregnant. You can take the pregnancy test about 3-4 days after signs of implantation or about a week afterward, after you've missed your period.
Implantation bleeding usually lasts about one or two days, and in rare cases it can last a month or two. If you are experiencing extreme pain during bleeding or the color of the blood has turned a deep red, then you need to consult a health care specialist, your mid-wife or family doctor.
Disclaimer: The information in this article does not constitute professional advice. It is based on research but the author of the work is not a licensed physician. This article is for informational purposes only and should not be taken as medical advice. It is best to consult with a physician.
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