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Implantation Bleeding

Implantation bleeding, or is it a period? This article will answer your questions about implantation bleeding symptoms, normal colors, what heavy implantation bleeding means, and more.

Implantation bleeding can be mistaken for a normal period, especially for women trying to conceive. Even if you aren’t actively wanting to get pregnant, but you’ve missed your period and are now experiencing light spotting, you may be worried and asking yourself – “Is this Implantation Bleeding or a Period?” It can definitely be confusing, and worrisome, as implantation bleeding is one of the very first signs of pregnancy.

Women with irregular periods can also easily confuse implantation bleeding for a period, because sometimes, when you have irregular menstrual cycles, you don’t always have a regular flow. Some months can be lighter than others, and this can definitely make you worried about whether or not you’re pregnant.

Implantation bleeding becomes even more complex when you consider the timing of it.

A normal period, for women with a healthy 28-day cycle, occurs 14 days after you ovulate. Since most women conceive the week they ovulate (when they are most fertile), implantation usually takes place between 10 and 14 days after ovulation. This timing makes ovulation bleeding coincide with the same time your normal period would start, which can make it very confusing to distinguish implantation bleeding with a light period.

This can become even more complicated, if you have longer or shorter menstrual cycles. A woman’s menstrual cycle can range from 21 days on the shorter end, to 35 days on the longer end. If you are a teenager, your menstruation cycle can range from 21 to 45 days. If your cycle falls outside of the normal 28-day cycle, figuring out implantation can be hard. You’ll have to figure out when you ovulate. You can use a period app, an fertility monitor (like the ) to help monitor when you ovulate and are fertile.

What is Implantation Bleeding?


Implantation bleeding is one of the earliest signs of pregnancy. Not every pregnant woman will experience it; some will and some won’t.

During implantation, the newly fertilized egg (called the blastocyst, because right now, your future baby is only a rapidly growing ball of cells) has made its way from the fallopian tubes to your uterus, where it will now completely embed itself within the lining of the uterus.

Because of the complex nature of conception and pregnancy, only half of these blastocysts will successfully implant themselves in the uterine lining. Those that fail to embed will get shed, along with all the uterine tissue, and you’ll end up having a very early miscarriage. Sometimes, these are called “chemical pregnancies,” and most women who experience them never realized they were pregnant in the first place. The bleeding that results will be like a normal menstrual period.

If the fertilized egg is successful in embedding itself into your uterine lining, you may experience some light bleeding (known as spotting or staining). This is implantation bleeding.

An estimated 25 percent of pregnant women experience implantation bleeding and light bleeding in early pregnancy, but most of these cases end up being fine and the woman has a full-term baby.

Length of Implantation Bleeding

For most women who experience implantation bleeding, they will notice light bleeding for only one or two days. However, there’s no “hard” rule on how long implantation bleeding will list, since every pregnancy and every woman is different. For some women, implantation bleeding is very light, similar to one of the last days of your period, or a very light period day, when you just need to wear a panty liner.

Your implantation bleeding can last only a couple of hours, and then it’s gone. For other women, they might have spotting on and off for a couple of days. However, there are even others who claim that they had heavier implantation bleeding that lasted up to four days, just like an average length of a period.

Because the length of implantation bleeding is different for every woman, take a home pregnancy test if you are worried that you might be pregnant.

Like with a normal menstrual period, implantation bleeding will stop on its own.

Implantation Bleeding or Period?

Are you having menstrual bleeding or heavy implantation bleeding? If you are sexually active and having unprotected sex, you should always assume that you could be pregnant.

If you think that your spotting or bleeding could be implantation bleeding, ask yourself some questions.

  • How heavy is your flow?
  • What color is the blood?
  • Is there a pattern to the bleeding? Is it on and off, or a continuous flow of blood?

You are probably experiencing implantation bleeding and not a regular menstrual period in the following situations:

  • Your menstrual flow is scanty – on and off – and spotty. You aren’t continually bleeding, like with a regular period. You notice blood when you wipe, but it’s not a gush of blood.
  • The blood that comes out is pinkish to brownish. It is not heavy like a period.
  • The pattern of vaginal bleeding doesn’t follow the normal rhythm of your menstrual period. In a normal period, the flow starts off light, then gets heavier and heavier, and at the tail end of your period, the flow becomes light again.
  • You notice bleeding a couple of days, or a week before your scheduled period. Though implantation bleeding can occur at roughly the same time as your period, it can occur before your normal period.

If your periods have always been regular, and suddenly, you experience some spotting or light bleeding, you should take a home pregnancy test.

When your vaginal bleeding is a result of a regular period and not implantation bleeding, you will have a normal flow. The bleeding will be light at first and steadily become more moderate in flow and then heavy. For the last one or two days, you will have light, on and off bleeding, similar to implantation bleeding. Period blood is always bright red, and it can come with clots. You may have uncomfortable menstrual cramps, backaches, bloating, and feel pretty yucky while on your period.

Women with irregular or abnormal menstrual periods may experience their periods differently, but I am speaking in general about normal menstrual periods. If you have irregular periods, it may be very hard for you to know if it’s implantation bleeding or a period. So take a home pregnancy test to be sure whether or not you’re pregnant.

Comparison Chart – Implantation Bleeding vs. Period

As you can see from the below comparison chart, there are differences between implantation bleeding and normal period bleeding can be similar, but there are enough differences that if you pay attention to the flow, you can tell them apart.

This is a general comparison. Remember that every woman is different, but in general, these are the differences between Implantation Bleeding and a Period.

Implantation Bleeding Period Bleeding
Scanty menstrual flow; on and off; spotty. Pattern is not normal. Light bleeding.  Normal flow; Light at first, then heavy, and then light again.
  Lasts a few hours to 1-2 days 3-5 days on average, can last up to 7 days
 Usually pinkish to brownish blood. No clots. Bright red blood. With a heavy flow, may include clots.
   Mild to moderate menstrual-like cramps.      Menstrual cramps.

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Sometimes, spotting can be indication that your period is about to stop. Some women will spot on and off a few days before your menstruation begins, and this can really make it confusing to know whether it’s implantation bleeding or a period. So if you experience spotting, wait a few days and if your period still hasn’t come, take a pregnancy test.

Implantation Bleeding Symptoms

Along with implantation bleeding, you may experience some cramping. They may feel like menstrual cramps. Implantation cramping can occur alone, or with bleeding.

Implantation cramps occur because as the fertilized egg (the blastocyst) burrows and embeds itself into the lining of your uterus, it can cause your uterine muscles to contract. These contractions can pinch on nerve endings, which can lead to menstrual-like cramping for 24 to 48 hours, though sometimes it can a little longer than that.

Researchers don’t know why some women experience implantation bleeding and cramping, and others don’t. It’s possible that some women are more tolerant of aches and pains, and others are more sensitive to it.

Along with implantation bleeding and cramping, you may start to experience other early pregnancy symptoms, including bloating, fatigue, mood swings and emotional changes, headaches, acne, and other bothersome symptoms.

Implantation Bleeding Color

The color of implantation bleeding can vary from woman to woman. In a majority of the cases, it’s pinkish in color. There is some variation on the implantation bleeding color, though. It can be bright red blood – signaling that it’s fresh blood, or new blood just shed by the uterine lining. Light brown to brownish blood – this is older blood, perhaps blood that was stuck in your uterine wall after the fertilized egg buried itself in your womb, and this blood has finally been shed – has also been reported as a normal implantation bleeding color.

As long as your implantation bleeding is not heavy or profuse, the color of your implantation blood doesn’t really matter. You should only experience spotting for a short amount of time, and you shouldn’t be experiencing much discomfort. However, if you are indeed pregnant, it’s a good idea to report your symptoms to your doctor and make sure you go in for all your prenatal visits to ensure your pregnancy is going well.

Can Implantation Bleeding Be Red?

Yes, implantation bleeding can be light to bright red in color. It can be normal to see red blood during implantation.

Bright red implantation bleeding signals that within your uterus or the uterine lining, there is an area that is actively bleeding, and blood is flowing from this area and out of you very quickly. It could be a sign that implantation has just taken place.

Can Implantation Bleeding Be Heavy?

Heavy implantation bleeding is not normal. Implantation bleeding is almost always light. You will notice it when you wipe and see blood on the bathroom tissue. Normal implantation bleeding should not be profuse, as this can signal that a miscarriage is occurring. You will want to contact your doctor if you notice heavy implantation bleeding to check out what is causing your heavy vaginal bleeding.

Heavy Implantation Bleeding

Because it is not normal to have heavy implantation bleeding, you will want to check with your gynecologist or healthcare provider to see if your pregnancy is still healthy, or if there is something else causing your heavy implantation bleeding.

Heavy bleeding can be a sign that you are miscarrying. It could also be a sign of an ectopic or tubal pregnancy – one that occurs when the fertilized egg implants itself in another part of your body; in most cases, in the fallopian tubes. Molar pregnancies – a pregnancy in which the embryo is missing but all the other tissues are still there – can also cause heavy bleeding.

So bottom line – check with your doctor about any heavy bleeding that you’re experiencing, especially if you think you are pregnant.

Why Home Pregnancy Tests are Important

If you have normal periods with an average flow, you shouldn’t have any trouble telling implantation bleeding from a menstrual period. However, if your periods are irregular, usually lighter in flow, you will need to take a home pregnancy test, or contact your gynecologist or healthcare provider and request a blood pregnancy test.

Testing for pregnancy will be the only way to tell whether or not you’re pregnant. You cannot verify your pregnancy without one.

You can only test for pregnancy after you’ve missed your period. Home pregnancy tests are not accurate until the day of your missed period (at the earliest). Don’t jump the gun and test too early. Their may not be enough human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG) in your blood stream yet. This pregnancy hormone first enters your bloodstream, and finally into your urine, which is the reason blood pregnancy tests are usually more accurate earlier on.

When buying a home pregnancy test, pay attention to the sensitivity, which will be printed on the packaging. Pregnancy tests sensitivities can range between 10 to 40 mIU/ml. Obviously, the lower the level, this means the lower concentration of hCG needs to be in your bloodstream before pregnancy can be detected. Testing too early can give you a negative result, even if you are indeed pregnant. So try to wait until your missed period, and test again if you think you are pregnant but the test reads negative.

Other First Signs of Pregnancy

In addition to implantation spotting and cramping, the other signs that you may be pregnant include breast changes (sensitive, tingly, swollen); extreme exhaustion and feeling insanely worn-out (similar to how you might feel during PMS but for some women, it feels 100 times worse); feeling nauseous; the need to pee all the time (frequent urination); and just feeling that something is off. Be on the lookout for your missed period – which is definitely the most obviously earliest sign of pregnancy. Pregnancy is so different for everyone. You might have only one or two of these symptoms, or none at all. But if you are ever worried, definitely take a test!

Good luck! Have any questions that this article didn’t cover? Leave me a comment below and I will try to answer them to the best of my knowledge!

About the author: 7sharov-spb.ru is founder and editor of Hip Chick’s Guide to PMS, Pregnancy and Babies. She’s an expert pregnancy and women’s health blogger. She is NOT a medical doctor and does NOT offer medical advice. Connect with her on , and .

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  • Nikitta Banks January 26, 2017, 11:51 am

    I have a question, probably the same question as other women.
    My period was expected to come on January 24. I started bleeding on the 22nd, I saw light and bright red, when I wipe myself I Only saw small of red blood, so I wear a tampon. The second day I saw dark and brown blood, when I wiped myself I saw a average amount, not heavy of red light blood. I still saw light brown. I also saw a large amount of watery discharge at around 6 pm on this day. Day three I only saw brown blood, I went to sleep woke up no blood, wipe myself just saw little streaks of brown blood. My period never start off like this. It’s always heavy when it start. I only see black and brown blood when it’s about to end. So I don’t know if it’s old blood, implantation bleeding or my period(just acting up!) lol. If you can answer and ease my mind, feel free. Thank. P.S. I had sex on December 30(two times), just recently on January 22(two times.)

  • Angel Ramsey January 23, 2017, 6:05 pm

    I havent had a period in 9 months or so and on the 15th i started a brownish pinkish very ligjt spotting. Is been off and on since then but very very light. Anyone have advice?

  • Tibbster January 19, 2017, 12:17 pm

    Hi, I was wondering what’s going on inside of my body I had a period this month which was durin the first week of the month.
    I’ve been cramping before and now afterwards. This morning I started spotting and having discharge I don’t know what’s wrong

  • Samatha Smith January 15, 2017, 10:36 pm

    So for the past 4-6 months my period has been very regular 27th to the 1st every moth. but this january 2017 13 days before my period i had some light pink bleeding when i wiped i got worried id been having other issues. the same night i started my bleeding i went to er they did pregnant test it was NEGATIVE. I spotted for like 2 hrs but before i went to bed i wore tampon and when i got up took it out no blood. which is not normal for me at all on regular period is this implatation? When should I take a home test again? Is it possible I’m pregnant? I have 3 other kids and have never had this implatation bleeding

    • Erin January 20, 2017, 4:12 pm

      Hey, don’t know if you ever figured it out but from the timing you described it could be ovulation bleeding. Obviously I can’t say for sure, but that’s what it sounds like to me if it was light pink.

  • Jaz January 6, 2017, 4:44 am

    My period started 7th November 2016 and finished on the 13th November 2016. On the 11th December 2016 i experienced pinkish blood only when I wiped at night time and then nothing after that. I continued to have cramping and lower back pain. On the 17th and 18th December 2016 I couldn’t really get out of bed because I was extremely fatigue, nauseous, light headed, period pain without the period. Took pregnancy test bfn. Period started on the 31st December. Could I have experienced implantation bleeding and could I be pregnant? I have a Dr.s appointment on Monday (3 days away) so I’ll keep you all updated

  • Anita December 14, 2016, 4:31 pm

    I have regular period and usually start my period between the 18th – 21st of the month. Last month I started the 18th and ended on the 22nd.. a week after I felt cramping for about a week or more and then had a little bit of light pink discharge just about a week ago… I usually do not cramp after period or during ovulation..and never had pink discharge… I have had a couple short hot flashes last week.. and cramps on and off.. today is the 14th and I started cramping like I would if i was to get my period and noticed some brownish blood around the walls when I cleaned myself to check if its my period… I am not sure if this is my period if it is going to get heavier or if it could be implantation bleeding.. If it is my period it is 4 days early and that has never happened.. but the cramping feels like period and the brownish bloodiness looks like its just the beginning of my usual period… Could this be implantation bleeding? I took a pregnancy Test 2 days ago (EPT) it said not pregnant.. but I could have sworn i have not felt the weird cramps and pink discharge before… Any comments or thoughts from anyone? I mean I hope I am regnant but I dont know what to thinkg.. Please help..

    • Ebony January 1, 2017, 3:17 am

      OMG!! My period is the same day and I’m going threw the exact samething but today I started cramping like I was coming on and them I been spotting which was very light im very confuced Im 32 and ready for babies.

  • Doris December 9, 2016, 1:20 am

    Please i missed my period for 5 days and on the 6th day I saw a bit of blood in the morning and although out that day I was seeing blood, but in the night when I went to urinate I saw thick blood and am wondering what is going on if it implantation or period.

  • December 6, 2016, 7:10 pm

    I had my last period about 2 weeks ago, a few days ago I started seeing blood from my vagina and maybe 30 minutes to a hour no more blood just a brownish discharge. I’m a little concern because I don’t know exactly what’s going on and this isn’t a normal situation for me. Can yo please tell what it could be and what action should I take?

  • Paris November 24, 2016, 1:35 pm

    Hi I’m looking for someone with similar problems and/or went through this, but I’ve been on the depo shot for only TWO SHOTS and I have yet to have a period. Throughout the full 2 shots I bleed (breakthrough blood ) brown blood so I never went back for third shot in July of this year and now I’ve been wondering when will it arrive ??? I stopped breakthrough bleeding close to the 1st week of September and the day before yesterday I seen more breakthrough blood when I wiped ( nothing major) then it left and the day after I wiped and it was two small drops of light blood and I got excited thinking I was about to finally get my menstrual again, but it never showed just everytime I wiped it was light blood no pad needed, just panty liner barely, but it left again and me and my fiancee did the grown folks business yesterday lol and he had blood on him I know TMI so I thought he knocked me on officially, but it disappeared. I have yet to have a period after being on the shot for 6 months and I’ve been taking vitex and fertility bleed (yes we’re trying to conceive), but I just want to know how possible that I am pregnant without having a period since I first started depo in February???

    • Dddddddd February 6, 2017, 12:26 am

      Hi, not sure if things are good now but I was on depo for many years, when I chose to stop it my system was all crazy. I would spot bleed, not have a period for a few months but it eventually became normal. My doctor confirmed it was just from going off the shot. Hope everything has became normal again for you as well.

  • Vikki A November 20, 2016, 7:44 pm

    So I had consistent sex in october especially when I was most fertialized and then I had sex on 10/11/16 and I bleed after words, so I thought I started my period so I put a tampon in and when I took it out it was full but it was bright red and was pinkish brown and then so I left it out to see if I was still bleeding and I wasn’t. So then every now and then when I would pee I would wipe and have faint pinkish brown color. Then I was suppose to start my period 11/14/16, but I never started. I have taken 2 pregnancy test both came out negative. Can I be pregnant?

  • Yushvanti November 18, 2016, 8:12 am

    Hi can someone help me please. I had a miscarriage 3 months ago i was 8 weeks pregnant unfortunately I lost the baby. Since then i haven’t had proper periods only lasting a day or 2 me and my husband are still trying. Well this month i thought i was pregnant as i was 26 days late did a pregnancy test at hospital and was negative. I started getting bleeding for one day 4 days ago very light lasted 1.5 days then nothing, and nothing yesterday again im spotting today. Im so confused i dont want to do another pregnancy test again worried it will show negative.
    Has this ever happened to anyone before and found out they’re pregnant i really want a baby. Please can someone help me please im soo confused.

    • Yushvanti November 18, 2016, 8:13 am

      Hi can someone help me please. I had a miscarriage 3 months ago i was 8 weeks pregnant unfortunately I lost the baby. Since then i haven’t had proper periods only lasting a day or 2 me and my husband are still trying. Well this month i thought i was pregnant as i was 16 days late did a pregnancy test at hospital and was negative. I started getting bleeding for one day 4 days ago very light lasted 1.5 days then nothing, and nothing yesterday again im spotting today. Im so confused i dont want to do another pregnancy test again worried it will show negative.
      Has this ever happened to anyone before and found out they’re pregnant i really want a baby. Please can someone help me please im soo confused.

  • Kez November 17, 2016, 11:35 am

    Hi my period is 9 days late 3 days after ny period was due i had light pinkn really tiny ammount of blood and nothing since until today i went to the toilet wiped and had some red blood which thoight was my period i went to the toilet half an hoir later and the bleeding had stopped i have done 2 pregnancy test 1 the day of misses period and 1 2 days ago and both negative any ideas as to what may be happening?have had cramps on and off since period due day

  • Savy November 15, 2016, 9:47 pm

    hi, 7 days before periods i experienced light bleeding (fresh blood), but dont have any discomfort. before the bleeding i was experiencing light brownish discharge. dont what it is, but it has been one month only since we r trying for another baby . Now what it is ?

    • Rozella December 30, 2016, 11:46 am

      Your Pregnant, go to the doctors.

  • Samantha November 10, 2016, 7:50 am

    Hi don’t want to give you a long story but we are actively trying for a baby and I had a positive ovulation test on cycle day 15 and 16, the oast 5 days iv have very wet discharge to the point I have to keep wiping myself, well yesterday I started bleeding put a tampon in around 6 changed it before bed then this morning changed again and they was a very little dot of blood with yellowish dishcharge and changed it agin a hour ago and nothing at all to day is the day I’m suppose to be on my period with a 31 day cycle but got nothing today just some mild cramps. Why would I have a light short bleed the day before my period then nothing the day I’m suppose to be on but nothing bar cramps ? Please help I’m going crazy thinking about it

  • Alydia November 6, 2016, 10:45 pm

    So I just went and peed and I had blood come out but not gushing just like light pink. And I have had some cramps.. heart burn and more tired than I usually am.. is it just me ovulating

  • Mary November 5, 2016, 10:27 pm

    My period last late last month with pinkish but came on. My boyfriend and I have been trying and made sure we made love during ovalation. This month or came on 1 week early again pinkish. It’s been pinkish for 2 days so far. Only when I whip. I’ve never had this until last month.

    • Bam January 4, 2017, 5:38 pm

      did u get pregnant?…because same happened to me too

  • Yan November 2, 2016, 5:01 pm

    I missed my period for the month of October. My last period was 09/28 – regular 30 day cycle. A week after I had sex with my husband, I started feeling some twitch on the left side of my stomach. Followed by my breast being sensitive to touch. After missing my period I noticed my stomach was a bit hard. November 1st my husband decided to by PT but I decided to use it the next day early morning. However, at night of 11/01 I noticed some pink blood after I wipe. The next day, 11/02, it happened again then, it appeared to have more blood on my panty liner so I decided to put pads on. As of this late afternoon, my pad is not even full w/ brown blood. My cramps are on & off throughout the day too. Am I pregnant? All these are new to me. I would love to be pregnant for our first child. Help?!

  • Audrey October 31, 2016, 9:22 pm

    My period has always come on time but in the month of October it came 3 days late, should I wait another month to take a pregnancy test??? Confused!!!

  • Ri October 25, 2016, 3:42 am

    Ok my period or that’s if it is my period but it started two days before my actual period is due. I’m confused I don’t need a pad or tampons for the bleeding. Having mild cramps though. Need Help Answers please

    • eliz November 4, 2016, 9:43 pm

      Hi! I’ve been going through the same things these days. Just wondering, were you pregnant? Thank you! 🙂

  • Jacinta October 23, 2016, 4:54 am

    So about a month ago I took the morning after pill and started spotting two days after taking it (which I got told was normal and could possibly happen) so I wasn’t too worried, then it slowly got heavier then I bled for a week and a half, almost two weeks and then it stopped.
    Any how, about a two weeks ago my partner and I had unprotected sex and for the past week I’ve been spotting on and off and now I have a really light period too the point, there’s only blood when I wipe and once taking a tampon out there’s barley anything on it beside a light bright pinkish red colour and tiny blood clots, not to mention the on and off cramps.
    Can someone please help me out as to what’s happening with my body? I’m hell worried

    • Cindy November 1, 2016, 8:53 am

      Go to the doctor…don’t mess around it could be something serious…I am not a dr but you could be pregnant or it could be something else but take your health seriously

  • Alma Puga October 22, 2016, 2:39 pm

    I missed my period for 2 weeks, after 2 weeks i took a pregancy test, and it came back positive. 2 days after taking the test i started bleeding. Bright red, heavy then light like a normal period (it only last 3 days). I took another pregnancy test and it came back positive. Not sure if i had a normal period or if I’m really pregnant. So confused…someone help please!

  • Monette Consulta October 21, 2016, 7:24 am

    Is it normal to have spotting for 3 days? It happens every morning. When i pee after i woke up. I tried to used pregnancy test. And it says it negative. Is there a possibility that i am pregnant?? Looking forward to hear from you

  • Jazmine Estrada October 20, 2016, 7:28 pm

    I need to know if anyone has had a similar problem to mine.
    i had y last menstrual cycle on september 8th, my cycle last 28 days so i was due on
    october 6th, period never came i did have some nausea and sore boobs, headaches and on my
    10th day late i started spotting, very light not like a normal period with my flow is usually heavy.
    i ovulated on september 23rd and now 14 days late as of 10-20-16. my period has been normal for past 6 months since my last miscarriage. could i be pregnant ? I’ve taken like 10 pregnancy test and all come out negative =( i weight about 275 and 5’9 could weight have something to do with the hug hormone levels not showing up yet? is it to soon to test

    • Jazmine Estrada October 20, 2016, 7:30 pm

      also to add one i had some sharp pains and pulling on my left side. as well ass below stomach, some small back pain.
      bigger appetite, can be full yet hungry all the time

  • Julie October 7, 2016, 8:58 am

    So I am 18, almost 19, and my period was about 2-3 weeks late. I am under a ton of stress right now with college, work, living on my own, and a relationship. I figured that might be the cause for it since thats happened to me before while under a lot of stress. But what I thought was my period was something I never experienced while being late. The blood was brown and it wasnt its normal consistency. I am now sexually active compared to before when I was stressed. Could this be a factor? Or whats the likelihood of me being pregnant when I am the 2-3 weeks late and I am getting the brown period like blood now???

  • lisa October 6, 2016, 4:21 pm

    hello

    i started my period 2nd of this month, and meant to be finishing today, today i seen pink blood on a tissue when i went the toilet and on my pad, sorry too much information lol, can someone please tell what it is please and if anyone else has had it.

    thank you.

  • Sky October 5, 2016, 9:05 pm

    I will be 14 in 3 days. I am 4 days late I my period but I am NOT involved in sexual activity I swear. But I’ve noticed today I have a very light spotting going on, I see it as a brownish color on my pad and when I wipe, but nothing more. This happened last month September 2016 counting out the spotting, I was 4 days late, it is now October 5, 2016. What do I do and what’s going on?

    • Ronnie October 12, 2016, 3:41 pm

      Most likely your securely active even though your 12 or thirteen which I honestly don’t know why your even on to is sight does your mother know??

    • Rachel November 8, 2016, 7:48 pm

      This is probably just your body getting used to periods, it can take a few years. You are perfectly entitled to ask questions on this site whatever your age, we shoykd not judge each other

      • January 31, 2017, 7:55 pm

        Well said Rachel

  • Angeel October 5, 2016, 6:23 pm

    I was 4 days late on my period. Once i started it was really light i’m on my second day and it feels like i’m about to end..

  • D October 4, 2016, 1:19 pm

    Im really confused. I typically have a rough time with my period and the worst cramps possible, to the point I need midol around the clock to be able to tolerate the cramping. 16dpo, also the day I was due for AF, I insterted a tampon before bed, assuming I could wake up with AF at the door. Ive been getting up every night to pee and out of curiosity when I was in the bathroom, I took the tampon out, and there were brownish and light red/pinkish on it. TMI, sorry. I figured it was AF, bummed. ITs been like this the last 2-1/2 days now. Only mild cramping, NOTHING what I have been through before, that I can hardly tell im cramping, im not moody as if I would be with AF, or as close to being heavy as I typically would be. I guess after trying to conceive for over a year, is it possible to have implantation this late, and is it possible that the tampon itself is causing the red/pinkish due to irritation? I want so badly to be pregnant, but scared I’ll get another BFN. (I cheated 4 days before expected AF and got a neg. test result). Afraid to test again if im just overthinking all this.

    • Nita August 3, 2017, 6:18 am

      I am 32 &I already have 7kids my tube been tied for 6years and my period my period didn’t come on for July 2017 & now finally its August 3,today I’m spotting light pink no cramps tho but I really wonder should I take a pregnancy test please I need y’all help with this because haven’t had a baby since 2011…Thanks

  • Raylene October 3, 2016, 11:30 am

    Hi all. im really confused. My AF is always on time and lasts 4-5days. However on 14dpo I had slight cramping like my AF is coming, yet I had light pink bleeding which turned bright red, I used a pantyliner. On 15 dpo I could feel getting wet but nothing on pantyliner. Only a little blood when I wipe. It didnt last a full 2 days. On 19 dpo I notice my CM is creamy and sometimes its brown stringy. Tested 18 dpo and got a bfn. Havent tested again im on 20 dpo. Could I be pregnant?

  • AC October 1, 2016, 10:46 am

    My periods have been constantly getting longer and longer for the last three months. From may to june 4.5 weeks, from june to july 5 weeks and 3 days, from july to august 5 weeks and 4 days. And then I had SUPER light flow. i barely cramped the first day and the next 3 days I had a medium to light flow to spotting.
    About 13 days after my last period I experienced some sticky brown discharge when i would wipe.. It continued the day after and to yesterday. I am not sure about today. I took a pregnancy test but It is obviously still too soon to tell. My husband and I usually use condoms but we all know something could have gone wrong. I am still 2-3 weeks out from when my period should be and I have no idea if this was implantation bleeding or not… If i get a blood test can it tell me sooner than a pee test.. if so how long should i wait before a blood test?

    • How5 November 9, 2016, 11:53 am

      This is my situation-could you follow up?? Thanks

  • September 24, 2016, 11:56 am

    Looking for advice I took a pregnancy test clear blue digital last Sunday and got positive result 1-2 weeks yesterday I went to toilet and there was blood it got heavier threw the day with very bad back cramps I tested yesterday afternoon and said negative the bleeding has calmed right down and I have only used 1 pad in past 24 hrs there were clots could this be implantation bleeding or is it more than likely a miscarriage

    • Lesley September 24, 2016, 12:23 pm

      Wondered if anyone could help I took a positive clear blue digital on Sunday yesterday I started bleeding and it steadily got heavier but not really heavy I’ve used 2 pads since yesterday I done a test again this morning not a digital one and it came back negative has anyone else has this and still continued on to a healthy full term pregnancy I’m not sure if it’s implantation bleeding or the period I missed the bleeding has almost stopped today but the negative test is frightening me that I may have lost the pregnancy

    • D October 4, 2016, 1:21 pm

      Not sure what you found out, but same thing happened to me last May and it turned out to be a MC. Im hoping that wasn’t the case for you though.

  • Ana September 23, 2016, 10:35 pm

    I was never pregnant before so I don’t know how it feels but I felt pregnant even before missing my period, I have a regular period of 28 days and after experiencing pinkish light bleed 8 days after my ovulation started date(unprotected sex) ok had s start my period 19/09/16 I experience cramps, low back pain, fatigue, tiredness, painful Brest(don’t normally feel that) took 3 tests negative and now aparently my period arrived. Still light colour can I still be pregnant??? I still feel bloated and cramps headache… And I feel this strange mama feeling. Is very strange? Can anyone help?

  • Annette September 22, 2016, 11:44 am

    I had my period at the beginning of the month. It was incredibly light even though it lasted 6 days…I thought it was just a result of my birth control. Now..3 weeks later I’m spotting pretty consistently and I’m cramping. I’m not due to get my period for another 9 days….so now I’m not sure if to blame this as a side effect of my birth control or if it is actually implantation bleeding.

    • Jazmine October 2, 2016, 3:16 pm

      I am going through the same exact thing . And I am really scared I am only 18 going on 19 and I started my period early then it came on like 2 weeks but instead I’m spotting now and it’s light pink/red !

  • Leann September 20, 2016, 10:15 pm

    Hi,I use the Ovia app to track my period and fertility, and was supposed to get my period on 9/16/16. It didn’t show up, so I waited till yesterday 9/19/16( has been on the 19 past few months). And still nothing like period has happened. I have had sensitivity in my breasts/nipples( not normal for my periods) and cramping( about same level as w periods). Also have had a couple spots between yesterday and today of pink to brown spotting. Only occasionally, and never showing more the. When I wipe( unless is use a lifts tampon). I took a test yesterday, w a negative result ( was at like 430-5 pm so might have read wrong)should I just wait and see if I get my period, or test again? Could it be from implantation?

    • Kim September 23, 2016, 1:54 am

      The best time to take pregnancy test according to my research is early in the morning. Your first pee.

  • Emy September 16, 2016, 1:39 am

    Hi i started to spot brownish and little red i been having cramps and i suppose to get my period 09\17\2016 and i started to spot 09\14\2016 what does it mean ??

  • Laurie Horton September 7, 2016, 11:08 pm

    I had spotting blood but only for like Twp minutes so what do I do I don’t have any signs not one so what dose that mean should I take a pregnancy test

  • queen September 5, 2016, 5:00 am

    i got my period 4 days earlier this month, it started off pink and it became light then after 2 days it looked red like my normal AF then yesterday i saw brownish on my pantyliner, now im seeing pinkish i took a PT yesterday but it was negative, im realy trying to coinceive

  • Abby September 1, 2016, 11:06 pm

    Hello ladies, so I have a question that is really confusing me, I’m trying to conceive and have failed quiet a few times, two months ago on july, I had unprotected sex with my partner, the next month on August I got my period which lasted 3 days, so I was very dissapointed that I didn’t conceive, but i got my period again on august 30th, I noticed that my flow was beyond light and it only lasted 2 days, I haven’t done a pregnancy test yet since I’m pretty sure I’m not pregnant, but this is beyond strange for me because my periods have always been regular, any ideas as to why it was different?

    • Kelsey Carr September 12, 2016, 10:15 pm

      Need to test the day after your expected period. Im having the same thing but only with mild cramps, and eating for 2 hours straight.

  • Megan August 30, 2016, 9:12 am

    I was on my period for a full week was off 2 days and now today I’m back on it again. Its a normal amount of blood not too heavy and not too light. I’m also on the Depo shot but I barely ever get my period on it and haven’t until now. Whenever I did get it it was very light and lasted a very short time. Could I be pregnant? Or Is it just my body. I also breastfeed my daughter but she hasn’t weaned so nothings changed hormonally.

  • August 28, 2016, 3:09 am

    I missed my period last month after 3 day bleeding flow 1day I normally go through 4days after 5days I had spotting dark brown i had a PT it is negative and later i have white blood 2days my breast are sorely to touch what could happening I might be pregnant or not?

  • Sherry Tillman August 14, 2016, 8:53 am

    So i started my period the 10th and ended the 12th. I didnt bleed at all on the 13th but today i wake up and i have some blood. Its not heavy or anything and normal my periods are pretty heavy… I just had really bad cramps those three days.. I dont know what this could be.. Its never happened to me.. Someone help

    • montana August 21, 2016, 8:06 am

      Same thing happening to me, started bleeding on the 16th..stopped 18..started yesterday for one day and stopped again. You figure this out?

      • Megan August 30, 2016, 9:36 am

        I’m having the same problem have any of you figured out what it was? Were your pregnant?

    • Jane September 21, 2016, 2:24 pm

      Im currently experiencing this same thing. It brought me to this sight… please help

  • SUMI SAJITH August 11, 2016, 8:31 pm

    Madam,i have missed my period.but from 10th day i am feeling a slight bleeding.and today is 13th day of missed period and today morning too i have experienced bleeding.i cant confirm whether i am pregnant or not.please help me.

  • Liana August 11, 2016, 12:33 am

    Hi,
    I was suppose to get my period on the 28 of July but I missed so then around august 5 I started to feel nausea but still no period so on the 9th of August when I wipe there were some brownish pinkish blood it was on and off all day and I put a pad on but there were only a brown spot so the next day when I wipe it was pinkish red so I put a pad on again and again only a line of pinkish blood was on there so I’m mostly see pinkish red blood when I wipe but not on my pad, what does this mean? Could I be pregnant?

  • Peenaz Gupta August 9, 2016, 10:16 am

    My egg got rupture on 14th day on 24th July,16 and due date is 11th Aug,16 but I got my periods on 7th Aug,16. And earlier to that, my period was irregular and my doctor suggested me to take Goodova 500mg from 3 day of the menstural cycles for 5 days and take MET PCO care as well 2 tab in day with follicular acid. The bleeding was like lighter or spotted on first day and then heavier on 2nd day, and became lighter by end of the day. Now we are getting confused that this is the implantation bleeding or menustral bleeding. Can anyone confirm us what is this exactly. I was expecting to get pregnant in this month.

    • D3 September 22, 2016, 9:39 pm

      Hi peenaz.. Did u get ur solution? Bcoz I m also in medicine like u and had only few drops of blood on my period day. Today on this 3rd day of my period (expected implantation) I had negative pregnancy test. Really wanna conceive. So plz share ur experience

  • Frybread lady August 2, 2016, 4:53 pm

    AF is due for me today. (Aug 3rd) Ive had very light pink spotting on and off for a few days now. Hubby and I have been trying for a baby since Oct 2015 Im 39 & hubby is 23 (yep my toy boy lol)
    We so badly want to have a baby. Neither of us have any children. It would just compleite our family. Hubby says my boobs are a bit firmer at the moment. I didnt notice this. Ive had a bit of a sore lower back the past week. And today bit of cramps not bad tho. I dnt normally get cramps when AF visits. I dont knw if im preggy or. Not. I guess cause I so badly want to be. Maybe im thinking too much into things are there when they arnt.
    #confused

    • Frybread lady August 6, 2016, 6:19 pm

      7th Aug now. Took test few days ago neg.
      Ive had very light spotting on and off for past few days. Lastnight I thought AF had come aa it was a little bit heavyer then it was. When I get my AF its always very heavy. So before bed I used a tampon so as to not wake up in middle of night to a mess. I normally have to change it a few times a night. About 5am this morning i decided to remove tampon as i would normally had changed it at lest once or twice by now. When i removed it there was very little blood on it. More like what I would get on the very last day of AF.
      Im so confused. Please help someone. I really need advise.

      • montana August 21, 2016, 8:09 am

        Are you pregnant?

  • Nene July 31, 2016, 9:59 pm

    AF was suppose to arrive as of today 1/8/16. Started spotting on the 29/7/2016 and still light spotting today. Confused????

  • Luz July 26, 2016, 11:30 pm

    I’m concerned because my last period was on may the 20th and two almost three weeks later I had spotting it was pink and only could be seen when I wiped then it just stopped that same day, then on july the 11th I had it again only for a couple of hours and it stopped again Ive done pregnancy test and theyve been negative I havent tested again recently I guess I kind of gave up but is there a possibility that I could be pregnant and what I experienced was implantation bleeding ?

    • Em July 31, 2016, 1:48 pm

      So, I had these symptoms. Light spotting very rarely in between periods. I had a sweep, and it was due to my cervix. Cervical erosion, not as bad as it sounds. 🙂 my previous contraceptive pill had made the inner cells grow on the outside and made it bleed. After intercourse sometimes. It went away when I came off microgynon. Just check with a nurse

  • Iyanuoluwa July 21, 2016, 6:51 pm

    Thank you for the information am worried about my period now am trying to get pregnant my progesterone level was Low and the dr told me to take a progesterone soft cap for 8days 19 days after my period which l did.on the 15th of July ywas my next due day for my period but l didn’t see it went for a scan after 4days and the scan showed that l told l was 4weeks6days pregnant was going for the blood test the 7day when l saw my period light color a bit clotted and with so much pain,what do advise me to do now and what do you think went worry.will await your response thank you

  • Christy July 21, 2016, 5:08 pm

    I’m really concerned to know if what I’m feeling is normal or not. Never had this feeling. July 1st I had unprotected sex. I was supposed to start my period the 14th of july. On the 13th I experienced very light pink spotting that only showed when I whiped. That also continued through the 14th and 15th. The 16th it got heavier but went back to spotting on the 17th. Since then I have been cramping as if I’m on my period but no blood. This has been going on for 4 days already and feels like it just gets worse each day. I took a test on the 18th and it was a very very faint positive. Waiting on the results of a blood test. But just wondering if anyone has experienced this before?

    • Tee November 24, 2016, 11:29 am

      Hello Christy,
      I am experiencing the same thing at the moment, but my spotting has been on and off for about 8 days now. I got a faint postive line on my pregnancy test, i tried another test the next day and it came out negative. I plan to go to the hospital by weekend for a proper check but will appreciate feedback from you, what did your test result come out as?

  • Ekta July 20, 2016, 11:09 am

    We have been trying since March 2015 and it is July 2016. My period was due on 7/18 but I was only spotting brow for few hours and clean for next day. Wednesday morning 07/20 still nothing and before leaving for work I stated bleeding the color is pinking red. This has happen few times before is this a sing of chemical pregnancies? Is there any way to check if I am have miscarriage?
    Any help would be great.

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