How to Distinguish Implantation bleeding and Regular Menstruation

The process of implantation causes a small level of localized trauma to the uterine wall, rupturing tiny blood vessels in the uterine lining. This creates an early pregnancy sign, known as implantation bleeding. Women, who have this symptom, will normally experience the light vaginal discharge (a.k.a. spotting) that is of a pinkish or sometimes brown color. If the discharge is brown, this means that the blood is older, and it may have taken a little longer for an embryo to travel from the uterus to the vagina. Not every woman, who gets pregnant, experiences implantation bleeding, and it is no cause for concern if you do; this condition does not actually indicate the viability of your pregnancy.

  • Implantation bleeding typically appears around the same time that regular menstrual bleeding occurs. This fact can sometimes make it harder to determine, which one is actually happening. A key distinction to make is that menstrual blood will normally be more reddish, while the blood from implantation will stay light pink or brown. It should also be noted, that menstrual blood flow is significantly heavier, than implantation one, which typically looks more like light spotting along with cervical mucus discharge.
  • Timing is another factor to consider as well. If you notice spotting roughly one week after ovulation, this will more than likely be the result of implantation, but if spotting occurs very close to the time when your period normally starts, it may not be. Implantation bleeding may also be accompanied by other symptoms including light cramping in the lower abdomen and a slight increase in basal body temperature. This may be due to the body taking measures to adapt to the newly implanted embryo. Light cramping is quite normal, but if you are experiencing very strong or painful spasms, it may be a sign of a more significant problem.

Besides, you can Distinguish Implantation and Regular Menstruation by ask a few questions.

When did your bloody discharge begin?

If the answer is 3-10 days before period, there is a positive probability of being pregnant. Implantation usually happens on the 6-12th day after ovulation. Remember, that in case of late ovulation spotting can coincide with regular menses. A stressful situation, hormone imbalance and unhealthy habits can provoke late ovulation.

Did you have the unprotected sexual intercourse with your partner in the current menstrual cycle?

After saying ‘no’ you may stop the test, the result is obvious. The Immaculate Holy Conception has nothing in common with reality. Fertilization is possible only after ovulation, roughly in the middle of the cycle. In case you used condoms, oral contraception, rejected sexual intercourse or emergency postcoital pills, everything is possible. Buy a home pregnancy test (abbreviated as HPT). If it’s negative, wait a few weeks and take one more test. Conception after using different kinds of contraception is still possible, such cases were described and discussed many times.

How does your sudden spotting look like?

Implantation discharge has peculiar characteristics. Scanty red, pink or light brown (less likely) drops mean positive result. If you are changing your tampon or pad once a day or every 3 hours, pregnancy is impossible. Heavy or increasing bloody discharge in the middle of the monthly period clearly indicates health problems. Clots, thick and dark pieces in cervical mucus are abnormal. Dark brown spotting can indicate hormone imbalance, cervical erosion, benign, pre-malignant or even malignant (cancerous) tumor.

Discharge during period contains necrosed debris of the inner mucous membrane (endometrium) and ovule cells. That is why it is thicker in consistency and much darker in color. Menstrual flow, as compared to implantation bleeding, is noticeably heavier.

Do you have weird feelings in your abdomen?

If you feel some cramps there, you are probably expecting a child. However, remember, that severe and painful spasms are rather abnormal, than acceptable.

How long have you been bleeding?

Less than a day (ideally a few hours), a couple of days or more than 3-4 days? The first two variants are likely to be the signs of pregnancy. If bloody discharge before menses lasts for 3 and even 7 days, you need to see your personal GYN (if you have one) or woman’s doctor on duty immediately. The inflammation, chronic disease exacerbation or even early pregnancy termination can be diagnosed.