The presence of blood means a lot to women. When a woman sees her period in the month it’s indicative that she is most likely not pregnant. Note that the word most likely is used because there are always exceptions. So if a woman is expecting that she would get pregnant this month, the presence of blood could mean she isn’t. But the interesting thing is that the female reproductive system is quite interesting. And at the same time complicated. The presence of blood could actually indicate that she’s pregnant. This is known as implantation bleeding. But very few have little or no knowledge about this. That’s why we’ll be taking a look at what implantation bleeding is all about.
So, implantation bleeding is light bleeding that is seen when a person is pregnant. It would usually happen after conception. About 6-12 days down the line. The blood would appear brown or pink. Some people actually mistake this to be their period but it’s not. This happens to be an early sign that you’re pregnant. It’s not something that you have to worry about. And it’s not something that you would have to get treated for. So, stay calm and don’t get agitated that maybe you’re not pregnant.
Cause of Implantation Bleeding
The ovulation stage is the stage where eggs are released. And if a woman when at that stage has sexual intercourse she can get pregnant. And that’s because sperm released from the man can fertilize the egg to form an embryo.
Once the embryo forms, there is active division and growth. And this actually sends some signals to the body of the woman to prepare for implantation. When these signals are received properly, the endometrium which is the inner lining of the uterus starts changing.
Throughout the menstrual cycle, this inner lining starts to thicken. When there is no implantation it is shed off and that’s what you see as blood. But when fertilization occurs it thickens even more. This is so that it would be able to protect the embryo and also provide it with nutrients.
It takes the embryo about 6-12 days to move from the fallopian tube all the way to the uterus. When it gets to the uterus it needs more nutrients. It attaches itself to the endometrium where it can get enough nutrients. From there on the embryo is dependent on the mother.
Now, where does the blood come from? The blood you see during implantation bleeding is during the movement of the embryo from the fallopian tube to the uterus. And also when the implantation takes place. Because during implantation there would be burrowing. And this can cause some small vessels to burst. When they burst it would cause the spotting that you see.
The good thing is that the blood vessels are really tiny. So they don’t have that much effect as to the endometrium. After some time, the endometrium would recover.
Other Symptoms of Pregnancy
As mentioned earlier, this is an early sign of pregnancy. But it’s not in all cases that spotting could indicate you’re pregnant. So how would you know that the bleeding is a result of pregnancy? Well, there are certain other symptoms that you would experience at the early stage of pregnancy.
Usually, there’s fatigue, nausea, and frequent urination. Also, your breasts might become swollen or tender. And this is as a result of the changes in hormones in the body that happens in the body after conception.
Some of the other symptoms are:
- Food aversions
The thing though is that these symptoms aren’t reliable when it comes to finding out whether you’re pregnant or not. For instance, some women wouldn’t experience any of these symptoms and they would actually be pregnant. While some would have all these symptoms and yet aren’t pregnant.
One way that people have used in determining whether or not their pregnant is their period. So if you’ve missed your period there are high chances that you’re pregnant. But then again these things differ from person to person. If you have an irregular period, then you might still see your period even when you’re pregnant. So this as well isn’t a definite way of finding out if you’re really pregnant or not.
How to Differentiate Implantation Bleeding from Menstrual Bleeding?
Usually, people that have implantation bleeding haven’t done a pregnancy test. That’s because it happens just a few days after conception. And that time frame is when women would usually wait to see if their period would come. That’s why it’s a bit hard for women to know whether it’s just spotting or their period.
But these are some of the differences that you would notice.
For the menstrual cycle, it’s usually bright red to dark red. While on the other hand implantation bleeding is usually pink to dark brown in color. It usually has that rusty color. That’s one way you can differentiate.
Length of time
For the menstrual period, the normal time frame is 3-7 days. Women that use birth control pills have shorter periods or no period at all. While women that don’t have long periods. As for implantation bleeding, it would last for a few hours to 3 days. Anything more than three days is the menstrual period.
For some women, clotting is a normal thing during menstruation. They experience a lot of blood clots while menstruating. Some women do not experience this. But when it comes to implantation bleeding there are no clots formed.
Even if your flow is light it would still fill up the pad a bit. If your flow is heavy, you already have an idea of how many you change your pad daily. So you already have an idea of how many pads you would use daily during menstrual flow. But for implantation bleeding, it’s just spotting. Or maximum very light flow. So if you usually have heavy flows and now see some drops of blood it could be implantation bleeding.
One thing you must bear in mind is that these are not definite means of knowing whether or not it’s implantation bleeding. The best way is by doing a pregnancy test. This would tell you whether or not the bleeding is implantation bleeding.