How long does implantation bleeding last?
How long does implantation bleeding last? It is a common question among many women trying to get pregnant and one which I will address in this article. Understanding the answer to this question can help you spot the signs of pregnancy early on.
What is implantation bleeding?
Many people have never heard of or are confused about implantation bleeding. The following is a brief explanation of what it is. Implantation bleeding is one of the indications of pregnancy that many have never heard of. It might be for a good reason. Because, in some people, the bleeding is so small it goes overlooked. It occurs when a fertilized egg digs into the uterine lining and forces some blood out of place. The egg is tiny, and therefore there is not much tissue or blood loss, and in many cases, this means it will go unnoticed.
It is a very early sign of pregnancy because it points to the successful fertilization of an egg. If a successful fertilization did not occur, then the egg would only be expelled during your period.
When does it occur?
After your egg has been successfully fertilized it still takes it a few days for it to successfully enter the uterus for implantation. Because only a small amount of blood tissue is discarded during the process, it takes a few days for it to be expelled from your body. Therefore you can expect to see this spotting anywhere from 6 to 12 days after ovulation has occurred.
How Long Does Implantation Bleeding Last?
One thing which makes people confused about implantation is the fact that it occurs around the same time as you would have a period. People often worry that they cannot tell the two apart. Besides the fact that implantation bleeding expels much less blood, you can also distinguish it by the length of time that it occurs. If your bleeding lasts only 1 or 2 days, then it is likely to be implantation bleeding, and it could mean that you are pregnant. However, if it continues for more than this, then you are experiencing a period. Implantation bleeding can be tricky though, and sometimes you may only notice a spot on your underwear. This is why many women don’t even know that it occurred.
There could be other reasons for bleeding, and if you notice anything which you believe may be out of the ordinary, then I would advise you to see a doctor straight away. With something as important as your health you should never make assumptions.
Can I tell by the color of the blood?
How long does implantation bleeding last? The implantation blood usually looks slightly older than period blood because it takes so long to be expelled from your body. You can tell this by the color, a light pinkish or darkish brown color.