Some commonly known tell-tale signs of early pregnancy include missed periods, nausea and fatigue, among others. This also includes slight bleeding or spotting known as implantation bleeding. But here’s the tricky part. Regular period spotting and implantation bleeding can often be confusing and it’s hard to tell one from another.
Here’s what you need to know about implantation bleeding and how you can differentiate it from regular periods.
What Is Implantation Bleeding?
Implantation bleeding is generally slightly pink and brown spotting. This happens when a fertilized egg attaches itself to the lining of the uterus. It usually occurs about 6-12 days after conception and can be seen as an early sign of pregnancy. However, it’s very light and typically doesn’t last long, unlike a regular menstrual period.
Implantation Bleeding Vs Period Symptoms
Implantation bleeding and period bleeding can be challenging to differentiate because of their overlapping symptoms. But don’t worry. Here are some symptoms that can help you identify which is what in case you go through something similar.
Symptom 1: Colour
Implantation bleeding is often light pink or brown in colour. Period blood, on the other hand, starts slightly brownish and pinkish but changes to crimson or bright red gradually.
Symptom 2: Cramping
Some women may experience mild cramps with implantation bleeding. But they are usually less intense and short-lived. Period cramps are more intense, stronger, and last longer.
Symptom 3: Timing
Implantation bleeding typically happens 6-12 days after conception, before expected periods. Periods, however, happen following the usual menstrual cycle schedule.
Symptom 4: Flow & Duration
Implantation bleeding is very light and results in only slight spotting or a few droplets of blood. Period blood tends to be heavier and might soak up a full period product like a tampon and lasts for several days.
Symptom 5: Clotting
Period blood is generally a mixture of blood and tissues, hence they are dense and you might notice clotting.
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Implantation Bleeding And Period Bleeding Difference
- Some women experience implantation bleeding after the fertilised egg attaches itself to the lining of the uterus.
- Implantation blood is brownish or pinkish in colour. Period blood is brighter red.
- Implantation bleeding starts 6-12 days after conceiving.
- Implantation is like a slight spotting that happens on and off and the flow is light enough for a panty liner. Period flow is usually very heavy and might fill a whole menstrual cup and can last for a week.
- The cramps during implantation bleeding are less and not as intense as during mensuration.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Implantation bleeding might feel like a period at first but there’s a huge difference between them. The implantation blood is slightly brown or pinkish whereas, period blood is bright red in colour. Further, it resembles spotting and is of a vaginal discharge than periods.
Impanation bleeding happens after a fertilised egg attaches to the lining of the uterus. It can happen right before the arrival of periods or about 6 to 12 weeks after the egg has been fertilised.
Implantation bleeding is common and not usually a concern. It happens when the fertilized egg attaches to the lining of the uterus. Hence, it is seen as an early sign of pregnancy. However, there can be other causes of vaginal bleeding during pregnancy that might need medical attention. Unless you are not sure why the bleeding is happening, it’s advisable to see a doctor.
Hope our little guide might help you navigate through those confusing times.
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