Friday, November 3, 2017

How long does implantation bleeding last?

What is implantation bleeding? 

It is a process in which the embryo attaches to the inside lining of the uterus. The bleeding usually takes place between the sixth and twelfth days after the formation of the embryo.

Implantation bleeding does not begin abruptly because it would take some time for the fertilized egg to travel to the uterus and be implanted in the inner lining of the uterus. (2, 3, and 5)

(The typical color of blood secondary to implantation bleeding.)

(The signs and symptoms of implantation bleeding.)

(An image showing the difference of ectopic pregnancy and normal pregnancy.)

Symptoms of implantation bleeding

  •  Slight cramping.
  •  A few spots of pinkish to brownish blood.
  •  In some instances, a yellowish discharge with a few streaks of blood. (1)

How long can implantation bleeding last and how heavy can it be?

It is important to know how long does implantation bleeding last during pregnancy because a pregnant woman who is excessively bleeding could indicate a problem with the fetus. On a lighter note, even those who have healthy pregnancy may experience spotting.

How long does implantation bleeding lasts?  

It varies from one woman to another. Keep in mind that every woman is unique and each pregnancy is different. A normal implantation bleeding usually last for two days. Beyond that should be a cause of concern. (4, 6, and 7)

What is the cause of implantation bleeding?

When implantation takes place, the blood that appears as a result of embedment of the egg will not come out right away. It will take some time to leak out of your cervix and makes its way to the vagina. The duration depends on the amount of blood released during the egg embedment process.

Most women have implantation bleeding within a couple of hours. In rare instances, the implantation bleeding can last up to two days.

Can implantation bleeding last 5 days? It could be, but is very rare. If you have spotting and you are suspecting that you are pregnant, the best thing to do is to consult your OB/GYN. Implantation bleeding is a normal sign of pregnancy. However, if you are having heavy bleeding, you have to go to the ER because it could be a sign of unusual thing happening inside your womb. (1, 2, 6, and 8)

Is it really implantation bleeding?

Just because you noticed spots on your undies do not necessarily mean that implantation takes place. It could be associated with other medical illnesses or could it be your first day of menstruation. It is important to track your normal menstrual cycle and observe how it starts. There are women who start their monthly period with spotting and cramping while others start their period with a heavy blood flow. (2, 4, and 5)

What could be the implication of prolonged implantation bleeding?

  • You could be having a miscarriage.
  • You could be having an ectopic pregnancy.

Miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy are dangerous for your health. if you are suspecting that you are pregnant, then you need to do a pregnancy test or better yet consult your doctor, especially if you have had unprotected sex. (2, 5, and 7)