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.

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  • 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!!

  • 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!!

  • 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:)

  • 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

  • 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… 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…..

  • 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 period suppose to come on the 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?

  • Vickie B.

    Timing for implantation bleeding sounds right on. Good luck!

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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?

  • Vickie B.

    It is possible that you could get pregnant under the circumstances you shared. Most home pregnancy tests on the market should give you accurate results if you take it now.

  • junipervoyles

    My boyfriend and Iare sort of trying for a baby. I my period the 13th through the 16th I had sex twice during my ovulation period both times he finished inside me. .. Now a week before I’m ment to start my period I’m experiencing light bleeding.. My boobs hurt. I can’t eat because when I do I get nauseous. I want a baby more than. Anything…

  • Vickie B.

    Sounds like it could be implantation bleeding based on your timing. Good luck! You should be able to test in 3 or 4 days.

  • Diane

    Are you pregnant? Almost exact situation here and I’m really curious as to your results.

  • Neisha

    Hello ladies
    Same kinda boat as you all my cycles are irregular so i dont know how far.along i would really be but me & my hunny has been trying to conceive for a while now then just gave up on trying well my cycle started Aug12 night i took a hpt same day it was negative my cycle ended aug19 nothing all of September then October 1st i started bleeding but it was super light then ended on October 2nd took a preg test october 4th and it was positive havent seen a dr yet so i dont know how far along i am

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  • zonke

    Wow wsh it could b lyk that to me too

  • Ashlea Blumenshine

    Okay so what do you think in my situation. My cycles run long 49 days usually, my last period started a week early on September 19 and ended on the 23 (which was a little longer than normal) anyway according to my period tracker app my next cycle is due on November 2nd. Well this past Wednesday (October 22) I had light spotting which occurred off and on all day (just light pink/ Brown tint when I wiped). On October 23 there was spotting again when I wiped after FMU, but none after that. Could this be implantation bleeding and how soon should a home pregnancy test give me an accurate answer?

  • Vickie B.

    Do you have any idea where you ovulated in your cycle? For typical cycles, ovulation usually occurs about 14 days before your period is due which would be around the time that you had spotting. It could be that you had ovulatory bleeding and not implantation bleeding. As for when a pregnancy test should be positive, November 1st or 2nd, should be okay to test if you are using a sensitive pregnancy test.

  • kris

    Ok. I had my period on Oct 19th lasted three days. We are trying to get pregnant and today November 7th I had tiny bit of spotting my next period is due November 16th. Is this implantation bleeding?

  • Vickie B.

    It could be.

  • sarah

    HELP!!! My husband and i have been trying to get pregnant for a few months. My period has been every 28 days since i was 15. I got off my BC in july and august- November its been clock work 28 days. Well about 6 days after having sex during ovulation and about 8 days before my next period i started spotting but then the spotting turned into light bleeding and cramps. . . Im not sure whats happening. I dont want to get my hopes up.

  • Vickie B.

    Well, based on the timing, it sounds like it could be implantation bleeding. If the bleeding stops then that would be my guess.

  • anonymous96

    Hello. So boyfriend and I had a condom break 2 times, and since then I’ve had days where I’m nauseous and others where I’m flat out exhausted. My period isn’t do for about another week but when I went to wipe this morning there was a small streak of blood. Normal periods for me are usually heavy from the start. Could I be pregnant?

  • Vickie B.

    Yes, you could be. You should be able to test now to see if you are pregnant.

  • PregoLady

    That’s exactly how mine done… October 2014 my period was longer then normal just like with my first child an in November the same day I was supposed to start my period I had a lightly bleeding for two days an my period is normally way heavier than what it was… But in December I missed my period an I got a digital clear blue test an it said I was 3 weeks or it means over sooo…. I been too the doc but I get an ultra sound nexts week because their going by when I bled a Lil in November an honestly that wasn’t a period… So I thank I’m farther along then the doc thanks we will find out soon(:

  • Mary Boersma

    Hoping someone can help me understand if taking a pregnancy test now would be beneficial, or if I should wait a few more days. My husband and I have been trying to get pregnant for about 7 months. I have been tracking my cycle and going to an acupuncturist to help me regulate my cycle. For the past three cycles, they’ve been exactly 30 days long. I usually have really heavy dark red bleeding and some clotting the first 2-3 days. This past month it appears that we had intercourse 2 days before ovulation, and the day after ( CD 13-17, Ovulation on Day 16). about a week later, CD 22 – 26, I had some severe cramping with extreme fatigue and some breast soreness and emotional mood swings. Today is CD 29, and I don’t have much cramping. My breasts are a little sore, and this morning I noticed some brown spotting when I went to the bathroom. My period is not supposed to come for a few days. Should a take a test, or just wait a few days? My pregnancy tracker app is suggesting that I wait for 3 -5 days before testing.

  • Sarajones2015

    I really need help!! I don’t know if I was have implantation bleeding or a regular cycle. Me and my husband had intercourse doing the time of my ovulation it has now. I’m due for my cycle on the 27th but I came on the 23rd and it was a very very light flow.., it is now the 3rd day early this morning it was just a little spotting and it was more of a dark brown color… And now I’m not bleeding any more…usually my regular cycle would last for 5 days and the bleeding would get heavier over the days! Is it too early for a test? How long should I wait??!! Crossing fingers that it is implantation ! :)

  • Vickie B.

    If you are on CD 29 out of 30 and you are normally very regular, a pregnancy test should show a positive if you are pregnant. Since you are so close, though, you could just see if your period arrives on time and if not, then test. It is really a matter of personal preference. Goodl Luck!

  • Vickie B.

    If your period is due today, I would wait to see if it comes as scheduled fully. You could have been having implantation bleeding earlier this month. If it doesn’t arrive, try taking a pregnancy test.

  • Tenesha

    Okay I am not sure if anyone can help me out but I am going to try anyways.
    My fiance and I are sort of trying to have a baby. We are not “trying” but we are not using any sort of protection and we have sex daily.
    On 1/22/14 I had cyrotherapy done (its a treatment for cervical cancer). I did not have full blown cancer, just cancerous cells, my doctor was taking precautions.
    After cyrotherapy lots of discharge is expected which I had and it’s been about two weeks since I have had the therapy treatment. I am not suppose to have sex for 3 weeks after (which I haven’t) but before the treatment we were having sex around 5 times a day.
    About a few days after ovulation I noticed some changes in my body. I was very naseous and light headed, dizzy. My boobs were so sore that I could hardly touch them, which is unusual for me (my boobs are sore a couple days before my period throughout my period). I was also crampy and had some unusual changes in my digestive system. I know that most people get constipated but I was the opposite! I also had tingling sensations in my breasts and I started urinating more frequently. I don’t know I just “felt” pregnant”!
    I continued having these symptoms and I just continued my life and about a week and a half later I thought I had my monthly visitor. This bleeding did not last long. The night of 2/2/15 before I went to sleep I wipped and noticed a little bit of pink discharge (this was 4 days before my expected period), the next day I bled but not enough to fill up a pad or anything (it was a dark red/brown color).. then it stopped… This morning 2/4/2015 I have been having brown discharge but not a lot. I am not suppose to start my period for another couple days and my periods are always on time or a few days late (never early) and they always last about 4-5 days and I usually bleed heavily.
    All the signs point out that I am pregnant, but my worry is that I had that cyrotherapy, could that potential harm a pregnancy or prevent a pregnancy? Does anyone know? Are these symptoms I’m having post-effects of the therapy?

  • diana castillo

    Ok so, my last period was Jan. 10 I am suppose to start on the Feb. 9th of this month but on on Feb.3 I felt I got my period went to the bathroom put a pad on and when I woke up the next morning I only had 3 dots, when I whipped it was light. It stopped yesterday but today I woke up and had slight cramping went to the bathroom and whipped again and it was a little more red but than light after I wipe again. I took a pregnancy test and it came out negative.

    Anything? This has never happened to me before.

  • Vickie B.

    Unfortunately, this is something you should run past your doctor. Have you taken a pregnancy test? That would give you an answer about if you are pregnant or not.

  • Vickie B.

    Unfortunately, this is something you should run past your doctor. Have you taken a pregnancy test? That would give you an answer about if you are pregnant or not.

  • Vickie B.

    As 4 days have passed since you posted, did your period finally arrive?

  • Vickie B.

    As 4 days have passed since you posted, did your period finally arrive?

  • Alina

    Hi girls pls help me!!! I had my period on Jan 23 it was light it got very heavy on 26. On Feb 7 i checked in my calendar it says i am fertile. During that day i felt normal fertility symptoms jelly like discharge soft breast etc. me and my bf had sex too bt withdrawal. Anyhow the next day i was exercising and i saw a jelly like substance in my underwear wd blood it lasted the whole day when i pee and i could see mild blood on the tissue. Could i possibly be pregnant? Or ovulation bleeding?

  • Vickie B.

    Most likely ovulation bleeding or maybe an irritated cervix from the sex.

  • Lilian

    Girls help me !!
    So my last period was around jan. 20’s and i had sex on the 31st of jan. I usually begin my period when my mom and sister finish theres or sometimes im after my sister and my mom after me. But they already finish their period and i have no symptoms of a period nor bloating. I have been spotting here and there. but also its a liddo more than spotting just like if it was discharge. I have been discharging a lot lately. What do you guys think? Can i be pregnant? :D

  • Vickie B.

    Did you take a pregnancy test? If you have a 28 day cycle, you should be getting close to your period starting again. You might be able to get a positive pregnancy test now if you are pregnant.

  • Knel

    Advice please! Me and my husband had sex the week I was ovulating. About a week and a half later I thought I started my period early. It was about a week early. It only lasted 2 days with light bleeding. I took a test and it was negative and went to the Dr only 2 days later and blood test was negative. Could it be wrong? I’m supposed to be starting my period and nothing……. My abdomen feels hard and achy….anyone else experience this? Maybe I should wait and do another test…..?

  • Kylie

    ok ladies, i have a question. Ok i have irregular periods, i havent had a period in like 6-7 monthsan im not pregnant had blood work done and pregnancy tests done during those months.. well i was sexually active on the 14th of this month with no protection. Now for three days ive had this light brown sometimes a lil darker discharge.. usually if my period is gonna start when i see this usually happens within a few hours or the next day, ive never gone 3 days with this kinda bleeding. Could this be implantation even if i havent had a period could i be pregnant? Please help! U can even email me at

  • Vickie B.

    You were testing way too early. Test again and see what the results are.

  • Vickie B.

    If you are irregular, it could be that your body is trying to have a period. If you had sex on the rare occasion that you were ovulating, then it could have been implantation bleeding. You should be able to test at the end of this week to see if you get a positive result. If not pregnant, you might want to see what the doctor says about your lack of periods if you are interested in getting pregnant in the future.

  • Kylie

    Thank Vickie for responding! I will be for sure getting a test at the end of the week! I was gonna start on my birth control to help regalate my periods but then that started so i didnt start my pills incase i am pregnant dont want to harm it.

  • Lillian Eckenrod

    Please help im 26 pregnant thought i already had implantation bleeding. Im only 5weeks. First trimester. Yesterday morning i had some light bleeding only when i wipe and a few drops in the ttoilet. Could i have mistaken the earlier light brown spotting for implantation bleeding only lasted about 40 minutes?

  • nicole

    I need help, my name is nicole and my husband and I have been trying to conceive for 8 months now and no luck :( well I got my period January 28th and it ended February 3rd ( my periods usually last 7 days). I would have ovulated anywhere between February 10th and 12th. On February 17th I cramped a little bit, then later on that night I got some brown discharge that turned to pink and then red. It was never enough to saturate a pad at all and it stayed red until the 21st and it just stopped. My periods always lasts 7 days and it always starts red never brown or pink and it always comes out so much that I need two koto overnight at all times (sorry tmi). My period was supposed to have started Wednesday, the 25th and so far nothing. Could that have been an early period? Or implantation bleeding?
    Please help :(

  • nicole

    I meant kotex no to koto. Lol

  • Juana

    Hey ladies, I’m really confused ok so I got my period Feb
    12 and started the pill on the 15th and around ovulation (Feb. 22) time my husband and I had unprotected sex started having some what I thought were prego symptoms. So I got off the pill half way during th 2nd week just to be on the safe side well today mar.1 I started bleeding which I wasn’t expecting my regular period until around the 12th… so is it possible i could be having implatation bleeding or could be my period?

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