Implantation blood ranges from light pink to bright red blood or even a dark brown discharge. A bright red discharge means the blood is expelled quickly from the uterus.While a darker blood means the blood is expelled slowly and the blood is old.
But first, let us understand what implantation is and how the bleeding occurs.
What is implantation bleeding?
Implantation bleeding is a light bleeding or spotting when the fertilised egg buries itself in the lining of the uterus 6-12 days after conception.
It is one or the earliest signs of pregnancy before a missed period. And it is often mistaken for the start of a menstrual period.
Can Implantation Bleeding Be Bright Red
Implantation bleeding can be bright red, pinkish or dark brown. The color of the blood depends on how fresh it is and how quickly it was expelled from the uterus into the vagina.
The most important thing is that implantation spotting is a scanty discharge and it is not heavy at all. Except in a few cases.
Can Implantation Bleeding be heavy?
No, implantation does not cause heavy vaginal bleeding.
Implantation bleeding is usually lighter and scantier than your normal period.
Heavy implantation bleeding occurs in rare cases.
Implantation bleed is not heavy enough to soak a tampon, a pad or tissue paper.
It is usually a stain of blood or a streak of blood, that you notice when you wipe yourself or in your panties.
Can Implantation Bleeding have clots?
No, vaginal bleeding with clots is not implantation bleeding
Clots and tissues are common during your period or during a miscarriage.
If you have a heavy bleeding and you are passing out blood clots and grey tissue, you may be having a miscarriage.
How long does Implantation Bleeding Last?
Implantation bleeding lasts for a few hours or 1 -2 days. The duration varies for every woman for some it may last a few hours while for others it may last for 2 days.
Some women experience on and off spotting for 2 days.
When Does implantation bleeding occur?
Implantation happens 6 -12 days after conception. At ovulation, the egg is released into the fallopian tube. The egg can only live for 24 hours after ovulation.
If fertilised, it starts to divide rapidly into multiple cells called blastocysts.
It takes the blastocysts 6 -7 days to move from the fallopian tube into the uterus.
The next task of the fertilised egg (blastocysts) is to attach or embed itself into the lining of the uterus.
After implantation an increasing amount of HCG hormone is released.
This is the hormone detected by most home pregnancy test kit.
What Does implantation Bleeding Look Like (Pictures)
Here are some pictures and images to help you better understand what implantation bleeding looks like:
A bright red spotting before period many be caused by implantation, infection, birth control or miscarriage. See a Doctor immediately if you are worried or have severe abdominal cramps.