Implantation Bleeding – What Is It and Am I Pregnant?



So, you’ve tracked your cycle, and you make sure to “set the mood” for your husband and have made sure to have sex with your husband during your ovulation period, and it looks like you may have succeeded. Then you track your cycle, and you are BLEEDING near the time when your period would come (around a week after your ovulation happens)! So are you pregnant or not? It’s a huge question, and likely pregnancy tests will not be of any help to you until about a week later.

 

What is Implantation Bleeding?

Implantation bleeding is vaginal discharge which usually contains a small amount of pinkish or brownish blood.   It happens when the fertilized egg implants into the uterus and releases a small amount of blood.   Unfortunately, only around one-third of women who are pregnant experience implantation bleeding.

 

When Does Implantation Bleeding Usually Occur?

So how do you know if it is pregnancy or just your period rearing its ugly head? Well, you don’t really know for sure.  Typically, you will find implantation bleeding will occur a little before your period is due.   If you are going to see implantation bleeding, it usually will happen between 6 and 12 days past ovulation.   If you have a normal 28 day cycle, the 12 days past ovulation is VERY close to when your period would start.  If you are having other period symptoms such as cramps, back pain, and fatigue while you are bleeding chances are your period is starting.





If you have a bit of bleeding without any of these extra period like symptoms, it is likely not your period. Again, these distinctions are not particularly fool proof, and are not very reliable.   If your bleeding gets worse, it is likely a period, as implantation bleeding is usually relatively light — just a little bit of blood on the panties with no other symptoms.

 

If It Was Implantation Bleeding, When Will a Pregnancy Test Be Positive?

 

Chances are, if you are reading this, you are trying to convince yourself that the bleeding you are experiencing is actually implantation bleeding.  As much as you would like a definite “YES!  You are pregnant!”,  the only way to be sure is see the positive pregnancy test result.    Luckily, you don’t have wait too terribly long to be able to get accurate results from a home pregnancy test.  If you experienced what you think is implantation bleeding at the six days past ovulation (DPO) mark,   you may be able to get a positive pregnancy test in about 4 days which is typically a bit before your  period is due.   If implantation occurred closer to 12 days past ovulation, you may have to wait until your period is actually late to test.  It typically take about 2 to 3 days, after implantation,  for there to be enough hCG (the pregnancy hormone) in your urine to register a positive on a sensitive home pregnancy test.

  • JamieAnn13

    Idk if I had implantation bleeding or if something is wrong. I started spotting two weeks and a couple days after my period. That’s mean two more weeks till its time for my next. It says in the article that implantation bleeding occurs a week or so before next period. Mine occurred two weeks. It lasted 3 day. Very light. First day it was a pinkish red color almost not visible and the last two days a brownish red color. I am now two days late on my period and I took a pregnancy test and still negative. My husband and I have been trying to get pregnant for 5 months now. I just wanna know what am I experiencing.

  • BeeSue

    Hey Jamie – I’m not much help but I’m in exactly the same boat as you! Been trying for 5 months now and had 3 days of light bleeding a week and half before my period is supposed to start. Seems “too soon” for implantation bleeding but it’s so different from any of the other months that I can’t help but hope!!

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

    It sounds like you may have a bit of an hormonal imbalance going on. If you are not pregnant, you may be experiencing break through bleeding. You may want to get your doctor to check what your hormone levels are or start taking a fertility supplement to balance yourself out.

  • Danielle

    Hey girls, thought I would share my experience as it may help. My husband and I have been trying to conceive for a few months now. I had my last period on July 27th and it lasted really long, about 11 days. We had sex on the days I thought I was ovulating and I was supposed to start my period this past Sunday, 4 days ago. I took a pregnancy test a few days before that just to see and it was negative. I woke up the day I was supposed to start my period and when I went to wipe after peeing there was bright red blood on the toilet paper with some clots. I thought for sure I had started my period like clockwork. Over the next couple days I had a really light period, basically just brown discharge and a little blood. Yesterday it almost stopped completely and today I had nothing. I thought it was a bit strange because I still should have had my period for at least a few more days and it usually turns heavy by then. I thought I would just take a pregnancy test for the hell of it (I was feeling unusually tired) and low and behold it came back as a very faint positive (plus sign). I took a digital one right after and it said pregnant, 1-2 weeks! So there you have it, I guess I was having implantation bleeding. I was not expecting it though because it literally started the day I was supposed to get my period!

  • Chianne

    So here is my story: I take Leena Birth control religiously since October of last year, so I am NOT trying to get pregnant. (My birth control not only is supposed to prevent me from having a “real” period by stopping ovulation and gives me a “mock bleeding period” , but it also makes the vaginal mucous more watery to prevent sperm from swimming, if I happen to ovulate) August 8th my husband and I had sex and before that July 28-31st ish? August 12-14th, I had my period on time for the usual amount of time. August 20 I started getting nauseous for no apparent reasons during the morning and late evening. I was also beginning to be unusually moody, having heightened sense of smell. August 25th I experienced very light brown bleeding until yesterday, the 26th. I have also been getting more and more nauseous and having odd cravings. Could I be pregnant, or could my birth control need to be changed? I am going to be buying a few tests to take today, next week and the next. Help?!

  • Marissa Ann

    Okay so I’m really curious to hear y’all’s opinion.

    So my last period started 8/6/14. We had sex the week I was fertile and the day of ovulation, which was around the 21th of August.
    I’m supposed to start around the 8th, but earlier today I noticed a small amount of spotting. I didn’t know what it was, and went to sleep only to wake and see more spots of blood. It’s not like my regular period.
    I asked my friends and family that have had kids and none of them ever had implantation bleeding, so they all think I’ve either gotten my period or am having a miscarriage. I don’t think it’s a miscarriage though, and my period is not like this.

    Can any of y’all help me out?

  • jen

    Hello Marissa my name is Jen. This is pretty hilarious because I’m in the exact same situation ur in. Last peroid was on the 7th, tried to conceve on the 21st (actual day of ovulation- I think) and today I wake up to bright red n brown spotting. It seems more than just light spotting tho. I’ve taken a test but its still too early to tell. It’s my second pregnancy so I guess im not going to stress. Just wait a wk and try the test again. So my advice to u is the same. Don’t worry just take it easy n play the waiting game (argh! I want to know now!) Good luck!!
    Jen

  • Marie

    Girls! Same situation! I had my last period the 5th, my ovulation day was the 21st, and I was expected to get my period Sept 7th. Today I started seeing blood, and at times bright red. I am never early with my period but I am having cramping. We have one daughter already who is 15 months old. Keep me updated with everything!

  • Shauna Marie Richards

    Okay Ladies
    So ….here is my story. I had a miscarriage 5-2-14 and hubby and I have been trying since. So three days ago on Tuesday 9-2-14 I was washing dishes and had very strange weird brown blood dripped down my leg. My period is very regular due on 9-9-14. Since Tuesday I’ve had extremely light spotting no cramping. My periods are usually very heavy with severe cramps. Praying I’m preggers again and it was implantation bleeding which I didn’t have last time btw with a sticky baby this time… baby dust to all you:)

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

    It could have been implantation bleeding! :) Good luck and tons of Baby Dust for a sticky bundle of joy!

  • Jasmine

    I was late on my period.. about 4 days. When I did get it was light and short. (Unusual for me.) Should I take a pregnancy test now or wait until my next expected period? I feel like it can be implantation bleeding

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

    Implantation bleeding typically starts about 6 to 10 days before your period starts so the timing seems a bit off. I’d say try a pregnancy test to see if you had early pregnancy bleeding.

  • Marski

    First off… Good luck to you all! I miscarried this August. Now I kind of have a clue what to be looking for since it is still fresh. I had to start looking for implantation bleeding experiences to help me out. I had the samething happen today with the light spotting. Last month was a roller coaster and I wish that on no one. I had great luck with the Clearblue advance (tells you pregnant and how long far along after conception) digital pregnancy test. It told me I was pregnant and it also helped me prepare for confirming my miscarriage. I am still getting my levels checked and hoping I can hear that my levels went up next Wednesday on the 17th. Keep me in your prayers!

  • Kayla

    Hi ladies…..so here is my story….
    My last period started August 20 2014 and according to my calculations I was to ovulate on August 31st…. We had intercourse Thursday and Friday August 28 & 29 before I ovulated….
    on Sept 6th (which happened to be my birthday) I woke up and when I wiped after using the bathroom I had very light pinkish spotting it lasted on and off very little and at the end of the day was a couple dark brown drops…. I had very mild cramping on and off for about 2 hrs….
    No bleeding since…. have had some mild cramping on and off….. breast tenderness…. nausea…. and really tired… suppose to start sept 14th do yall think its implantation spotting I had ?
    please help ladies opinions welcome just trying not to stress about it but hard not to…..

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

    It could be. If you had sex the night before, it could be a cervical abrasion that caused the bleeding too.

  • Erica

    I’m joining the train! So……This past year (august 13′-February 14′) I had three miscarriages work related :(. I was devastated to say the least. I am now working a new job, so I am off to a better foot. My last cycle was 8/24 it was normal and I was to start again around the 22nd (10 days from today exactly!) I had no cramps, used the bathroom and to my surprise there was dark brown spotting and very faint pink spotting. I have no appetite and I am just exhausted! I had implantation bleeding with my son, but it was after a positive test and it has been four years since I was pregnant with him (almost exactly) so I am not 100% sure. It sounds like it is very possible, but I am trying not to get too excited! How long does implantation normally last for you ladies?

  • Tamela SoBeautiful Johnson

    Hey My name is Tamela.. I just started bleeding today..Very light brownish color..n I’m still bleeding light as of right now..my period suppose to come on the 18..me n my partner planned to have a baby on August 25
    is when we had sex..I never get my period early..I mean never..So could this be implantion bleeding?

  • taylor

    Hey I had a quick question I hope one of you ladies could help me i was sopposed to have a period on Aug 21 still hasn’t came I’ve had 2 hone preg. Test and one blood work test and they’ve all came back negative. However early today I went to the restroom and wiped and had a brown ish blood almost like a discharge not so much blood and I’m not sure what this is. Also my breast are releasing discharge as well this hasn’t happened since after my first son. Help?

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

    Timing for implantation bleeding sounds right on. Good luck!

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

    It could be that you have a hormonal imbalance that is causing your period to be late. You might want to schedule an appointment with your doctor to see if they can figure out what is going on.

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

    it could be implantation bleeding! You will have to wait and see if you get your positive pregnancy test. Good Luck!

  • lala

    Hello i need help. So i have had my period for the month it started on 3 ended on the 7. I had sex 7,9,10,11. Well on the 13 i use the restroom notice two drops of blood in my panties when i wipped their was light pinkish blood. Went to work. Use the restroom didnt notice anything on my liner ir when i wipped. The next day the samething happen during the morning nothing later that evening. And i still dont see any blood. Could this be implation bleeding

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

    I don’t think so. Usually ovulation occurs around 14 days after your period starts. All the dates you listed are long before that point so it is unlikely that pregnancy occurred. If you are spotting it could be that you have a hormonal imbalance that is causing breakthrough bleeding.

  • hannah

    my boyfriend and I had unprotected sex 14 days after my last period, he didn’t ejaculate inside of me but I know it’s still possible to get pregnant from “precum”. it’s been about 10 days since we had sex and my period is suppose to start in 4 days but when I was going to the bathroom, I wiped and there was discharge with pink in it. I’ve been freaking myself out about being pregnant since we had sex because I’m only 18 so I automatically jumped on Google to see if I could find any information on it. when should I take a pregnancy test and does it sound like I could be pregnant?


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