What do Implantation Cramps Feel Like?

Implantation pain is rather a rare and sometimes even suspicious phenomenon. Nevertheless, a number of patients report unpleasant sensations during implantation. These descriptions have several common features:

  • Implantation is a short process, consequently, painful sensations, that go in line with it, are also impermanent. Most often they are observed for no longer than 2-3 hours, and very rarely they persist for 2 days.
  • The woman may feel cramps in a certain period, since implantation is possible only 7-10 days after fertilization. Taking into account that conceiving takes place on the 14th -17th day of the menstrual cycle, adhesion of the embryo to the uterine wall occurs on the 21st -27th day, that is to say a bit earlier than the period.
  • By affecting the endometrial cells the ovum’s ferments destroy microscopic blood vessels as well. That is why implantation cramps may be observed in line with pink, light-brown or spotting bloody discharge. Implantation bleeding is extremely scant and evanescent (maximal duration is 2 days).
  • Implantation cramps are not intensive. They appear in the form of dragging or pricking abdominal pain. They do not disturb general well-being of the woman. In very rare cases patients report being woken up by cramps, which, however, last just a few minutes. Sometimes pregnant women state that instead of pain, they feel slight pricking, tingling or discomfort in the abdominal area.

Implantation is the first “encounter” of the embryo with the mother’s organism. From this very moment the woman’s body will undergo a number of alterations, typical to pregnancy. Therefore, implantation cramps may be accompanied by a few other symptoms: taste disorders, slight sickness, weakness, apathy. It is possible to observe basal temperature rise up to 37.3 or insignificant drop (“implantation dip”).