February 25, 2010

Implantation Spotting Symptoms & Causes

Posted in Category : Women's Health

Implantation spotting or bleeding occurs when an egg has been fertilized and implants into the uterus. The uterus lining is rich with blood hence there can be a bit of blood expelled in some women. Spotting usually lasts for a day or two. It is a discharge which contains small amounts of blood that may be pinkish or brownish in color. Implantation bleeding affects very few women who are pregnant.

If you are pregnant and have implantation spotting, you need to be concerned only if it is accompanied by cramping, backache or increased bleeding. You generally get implantation bleeding a week or more before you would expect your period, depending on when you ovulate; hence it is very often mistaken for spotting before your period begins. Most women experience spotting during their early days of pregnancy. If you notice spotting before the normal time that your period would begin, don’t get worried as it may be a sign of pregnancy.

This sort of bleeding normally would take place just days before having your normal period. If you experience spotting over a week following your ovulation, it is most probably implantation bleeding; while this may not be the case if spotting happens when you are very close to your period. A regular menstrual cycle would get heavier slowly, beginning light at first. It is said that spotting can also mean an early period. In this case, the spotting would gradually pick up and the bleeding will get heavier. If you start spotting just at time around your periods around, it can be very puzzling. You will need to get yourself checked for pregnancy.

If you have had spotting and think it could be implantation bleeding it means that you have been paying very close attention to your body. If you are trying to conceive, the good news is that early symptoms of pregnancy are very similar to the start of your period. If you are pregnant you might begin to notice symptoms of early pregnancy around the time of your normal period and at times sooner than that. If you suspect that you are pregnant you can test for pregnancy as early as ten days after you have ovulated.

If your pregnancy test is positive and you have been experiencing a flow of blood, you should get in touch with your doctor immediately to ensure that all is well.