What is Implantation bleeding?
It is important to know what implantation bleeding is, if you are trying to get pregnant. It is spotting that occurs when the fertilised egg tries to attach itself to the walls of the uterus. What does implantation bleeding look like? is a common question we get all the time.
It is on of the earliest symptom of pregnancy, and it can be confused for a lighter period flow. But their is a difference between bleeding during implantation and your normal period.
The bleeding is lighter than you normal period. It resembles a scanty light blood, a pink or brownish Discharge or spotting.
What does spotting look like and How to Recognise it
These are ways you can easily recognise if way you are experiencing is implantation spotting or bleeding
It is lighter in color than your regular period flow. Although a few women have experience a darker color than their normal mensuration flow.
The color is a pinkish or brownish discharge or spots like a few blood streaks.
It will not contain blood clots like your normal period. It is not heavy like you period. The spotting will remain scanty and light for the all duration. Whereas your regular blood flow gets heavier as you progress further into your period.
The duration is usually for a few hours but it can last for 1-2 days. It is not as long as your period which last for 3-5 days.
Now let's take a look at some images and pictures.
Pictures of Spotting in early pregnancy
What does Spotting look like
Implantation Spotting is another word for implantation bleeding. So it looks exactly the same way. A light pinkish or brownish spots of blood that you see on a toilet paper or on a pad during the implantation process.
What it looks like on a Toilet Paper
Here is what bleeding or spotting looks like on toilet paper or tissue paper, when you wipe yourself.
When to expect implantation bleeding?
Implantation bleeding occurs 6-7 days after ovulation. Every woman's reproductive system is different. For a few women it can be up to 10 days after ovulation.
Difference between bleeding during implantation and period
Here are the major differences between bloody discharge during implantation and a period.
1. Blot Clots: Your normal period is usually accompanied by clots of blood but spotting during implantation has no blood clots in it.
2. Cramps : Your normal mensuration flow is usually accompanied by menstrual cramps where as cramping during implantation is very mild or unnoticeable.
3. Flow : Your normal mensuration flow is usually light on the first day, heavier in the middle and then lighter towards the end. Spotting during implantation is scanty drops of light blood for a few hours or 1-2 days.
4. How Long : Your regular mensuration last for 3-7 days. While bleeding during implantation last for a few hours or 1-2 days.
When does spotting occur
Spotting occurs 6-7 days after the egg has been fertilised. In general 6-7 days post ovulation. For implantation to occur the fertilised egg will travel for a few days through the fallopian tube to the womb. It arrives in the uterus on day 6 and it starts to dig or burrow through the uterus lining to make it's new home.
Symptoms of Implantation
There are the signs and symptoms of implantation before a missed period.
1. Implantation Bleeding
2. Implantation Cramping
3. Breast Tenderness
4. Frequent Urination
5. Hot Flashes