Some women don’t notice it, others notice it clearly – the implantation bleeding and implantation pain. When a fertilized egg lodges in the uterus, it bleeds slightly, but the woman does not always notice this. But how can you tell the difference between your period and implantation bleeding?
What is implantation bleeding?
The implantation of a fertilized egg can be the first noticeable and visible sign of pregnancy, because as soon as the egg is implanted in the uterus, there is slight bleeding. When the egg engages in the lining of the uterus, small vessels can be injured, which then leads to this light, bloody discharge. This is known as implantation bleeding or nidation bleeding. However, this is not comparable to the period, because there is only a very small amount of blood, which in many cases does not even get to the outside, where it could be noticed by the woman.
In addition to the bloody note, there may also be slight pain. These so-called implantation pains can also occur, but are not a must.
When does implantation take place?
The egg cell implantation takes place five to seven days after fertilization. The timing is why implantation bleeding is often mistaken for your period. Only the duration and strength of the bleeding ensure that the woman notices that it is not her monthly menstrual period. Accordingly, the 4th week of pregnancy is the time when the slight bleeding and pain can become noticeable. That is 7-14 days after ovulation.
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Can you feel it?
It is very different from woman to woman. Some feel very clearly that something is happening in the abdomen that is different than usual. But most of them do not notice it, which is why the absence of a menstrual period sometimes comes as a surprise. However, if you pay close attention to your body and have a strong desire to have children, you may be more aware of physical signs. Accordingly, there is no guarantee that you will feel the implantation.
Implantation Bleeding or Period?
There are several factors that distinguish implantation bleeding from your period. Often times, the woman concerned thinks it didn’t work because she is bleeding easily. But that doesn’t always have to be the period, as already described above. But what are the differences and how do I know whether it is implantation bleeding or your period? There are several factors that can be used to distinguish an implantation from the monthly menstrual period, such as appearance, strength and duration. You can see the exact differences here:
|Implantation bleeding||monthly menstrual period|
|colour||pink, light red, slightly brownish. The color does not change during the period of bleeding.||dark red to brownish, which can also change depending on the day.|
|Duration||one to three days||four to seven days|
|Strength||light, weak bleeding that always stays the same||Bleeding that varies in severity depending on the day of the cycle|
|Pain||without or with a slight pulling in the abdomen.||Pain during the period varies from person to person.|
In a multiple pregnancy, the implantation bleeding can be just as heavy as the period. The duration can also be significantly extended here. Accordingly, only the color is the only distinguishing feature.