It can be difficult to tell the difference between implantation bleeding and your regular period. Both types of bleeding can be accompanied by cramps and other PMS symptoms. So, how can you tell which one it is? In this blog post, we will discuss the differences between implantation bleeding and periods, as well as the symptoms of each. We will also provide tips on how to tell if you are experiencing implantation bleeding or period bleeding.
What is Implantation Bleeding?
Implantation bleeding is when a fertilized egg buries into the lining of the uterus. When this happens, some blood is released.
It can happen anywhere from 6-12 days after conception. Usually, it’s much lighter than a normal period and lasts for a few hours to a few days. Some women mistake it for their period, but it generally happens earlier and is much lighter.
If you’re curious whether you’ve experienced implantation bleeding, check for other symptoms of pregnancy like nausea, breast tenderness, or increased fatigue. These are all common early signs of pregnancy in addition to implantation bleeding.
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Signs and Symptoms of Implantation Bleeding
Implantation bleeding is often pink or brown. Periods, on the other hand, are usually red.
Implantation bleeding does not usually cause a heavy flow. The bleeding will be very light to light spotting in most cases.
Most women compare implantation bleeding to a pulling sensation on one side of the uterus, similar to a lightly pulled muscle that doesn’t last long.
Implantation happens during the two-week wait around 6-12DPO. During implantation, actual bleeding can last for a moment up to a couple of days.
Signs and Symptoms of a Menstrual Period
Menstrual periods are usually red in color to start and can be brown towards the end.
A menstrual period can last anywhere from three to seven days and is usually heavy flow for the first few days. But it’s important to note that all women are different.
Some women experience cramps during their period, which can range from mild to severe. The pain is caused by the uterus contracting to help expel the blood and tissue.
Menstrual periods can last anywhere from three to seven days. But again, all women are different.
How to Tell the Difference Between Implantation Bleeding and Periods
Now that you know the signs and symptoms of implantation bleeding and periods, how can you tell which one it is? If you’re trying to conceive, you may be wondering if the light spotting you’re experiencing is implantation bleeding or your period. Here are a few ways to tell the difference:
– Check the color of the blood. Implantation bleeding is usually pink or brown, while periods are red.
– Check the flow. Implantation bleeding is usually very light, while periods are heavier.
– Check for other symptoms. If you’re experiencing nausea, breast tenderness, or increased fatigue, it may be implantation bleeding.
– Check the length of time you’re bleeding. Implantation bleeding generally lasts for a few hours to a few days, while periods last for three to seven days.
If you’re still unsure whether you’re experiencing implantation bleeding or a regular period, it’s best to consult with your doctor. They will be able to give you a more definitive answer based on your individual circumstances.
Is it Implantation Bleeding or Period?
With the above symptoms, it should be easier to tell if you are experiencing implantation bleeding or your period. However, if you’re still unsure, there are a few things you can do to find out.
Take a Pregnancy Test
If you think you may be pregnant, the best thing to do is take a pregnancy test. You can buy them at your local drug store or take one at your doctor’s office. Generally, you will need to wait until you have missed your period to take a pregnancy test, as this is when the hormone hCG is detectable in your urine.
Track Your Cycle
If you’re not sure whether you’re experiencing implantation bleeding or a regular period, it may help to track your cycle. This way, you will be able to see if you are bleeding at the usual time for your period or if it is earlier than usual. To track your cycle, you can use a period tracking app along with your cervical mucus and basal body temperature.
See Your Doctor
If you’re still unsure whether you’re experiencing implantation bleeding or a regular period, make an appointment to see your doctor. They will be able to help you figure out what is going on and provide you with any information or resources that you may need.
In implantation bleeding, it’s important to remember that every woman is different and there is no “normal” when it comes to this process. If you have any concerns, be sure to speak with your doctor.
We hope this blog post has helped you to understand the difference between implantation bleeding and periods. If you have any questions or would like more information, please feel free to contact us. Thanks for reading!
Octavia Steen is an NBDA certified fertility doula, health coach, certified fitness nutrition specialist, aspiring missionary with the COGIC, and owner of Mother Mindset. She helps future and current mamas become more consistent in faith + fitness and grow closer to God so they can create a healthier lifestyle from the inside out!