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An implantation bleeding is the very earliest pregnancy symptom for some women, but you may just have trouble recognizing one. How do you tell the difference between an implantation bleeding, period, and other causes of vaginal bleeding?

Women who are trying to conceive a baby often suddenly become hyper-aware of their bodies — a side effect of being on the lookout for both ovulation and early pregnancy signs pretty much constantly. Trying for a baby may lead you to notice things about your body that were routine occurrences all along, like the fact that your breasts tend to become slightly larger and more tender as your period approaches. You are also bound to actually experience new things when you do get pregnant.

Any type of ambiguous or unexpected vaginal bleeding is likely to put you on your guard, as it should: bleeding between periods can have many possible causes, some of which are serious and require immediate medical attention. However, for women who are trying to conceive a baby, one type of bleeding can be a very early pregnancy sign. Not all newly pregnant women experience an implantation bleeding, and not all even know that such a thing as implantation bleeding exists, but implantation bleeding is both harmless and normal.

What is an implantation bleeding, how do you recognize it, and what other causes could bleeding between periods while you are trying to get pregnant have?

What Is An Implantation Bleeding?

After conception, the moment during which sperm and egg merge, the rapidly-dividing bunch of cells that will turn into an embryo soon starts traveling down from the fallopian tubes to the uterus, where it will implant in its lining. Fertilized eggs reach the uterus and implant there somewhere between six and 10 days after conception.

As a new embryo settles into the blood-rich environment of the uterus, you will sometimes notice a little bleeding or spotting. This is what is referred to as an "implantation bleeding". The blood takes a little while to exit the uterus where you can notice it, and if you get an implantation bleeding, it will show up roughly between 10 and 14 days after conception.

This timing does, incidentally, coincide with the time your normal menstrual period would otherwise be due, something that can make figuring out whether you are experiencing an implantation bleeding or a period quite tough. 

Around 20 to 30 percent of brand new pregnancies feature an implantation bleeding, which the mom to-be may or may not recognized as such. An implantation bleeding goes away as soon as it started, and if the bleeding you experience really is an implantation bleeding, you will not need any kind of treatment for it. Rather, you'll be able to start shopping around for prenatal care providers!

Implantation Bleeding Or Period: Can You Tell The Difference?

The fact that an implantation bleeding is highly likely to show up just as you're expecting your period can make telling the difference between the two very hard. There is one big difference between a period and an implantation bleeding, however: an implantation bleeding tends to show its face and goes away again, whereas a period tends to last between four and seven days. 

An implantation bleeding can last for a few hours, or you may notice it on and off for a few days. Some rare pregnant women report that they experienced light vaginal bleeding they assumed was implantation bleeding for as long as seven days, but this is highly unusual. An implantation bleeding starts off as fairly light spotting and ends that way. A period, on the other hand, tends to start off light, and then start flowing before tapering off again. While menstrual bleeding is dark red and features bits of tissue, an implantation bleeding is almost always light-colored, perhaps even pink, and free of tissue. Mystery solved?

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