Implantation bleeding and spotting is among the very first of the typical pregnancy symptoms and pregnancy signs. Implantation bleeding or spotting is thought to happen when the fertilized egg attached to the lining of the uterus. Some women experience implantation bleeding while others never do. Having implantation bleeding can also be confused with having menstrual bleeding or your period. Having implantation bleeding when you are pregnant is normal and requires no specific treatment but it's completely normal to have a normal pregnancy without implantation spotting.
Difference Between Implantation Bleeding and Menstrual bleeding aka Your Period
There are four characteristics of the bleeding or spotting that can differentiate between a period or implantation symptoms. You can identify whether the bleeding is implantation bleeding or a menstrual period by the following characteristics:
- TIMING: Implantation bleeding happens about 6-12 days after ovulation while a menstrual period happens 14 days after ovulation
- CHARACTER: Implantation bleeding is just a couple of drops while a menstrual period is much more
- COLOR: A menstrual period is usually bright red while implantation bleeding is more brownish
- DURATION: Implantation bleeding lasts up to one day while a menstrual period lasts 3-5 days