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Implantation Bleeding vs Period: How to Identify the Difference?

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If you notice light bleeding after your period date is close, and there is light pinkish brown blood instead of red blood. It might be excellent news for you because this is a sign of early pregnancy. 

Most of the time women get confused because they can’t differentiate between Implantation bleeding, and period bleeding. So, in this blog, we will be going to discuss; what is implantation bleeding, the difference between Implantation bleeding vs Period bleeding and some other early signs of pregnancy.

Without any further ado, let’s get started!

What is Implantation Bleeding?

Implantation Bleeding is defined as a light spotting or bleeding that is usually different from the blood during the period. The colour of implantation bleeding looks light pinkish-brown instead of dark red blood. This typically occurs about 10 to 14 days after conceiving a baby.

Implantation Bleeding is normal and it isn’t a sign of any problem. If you’re experiencing this, you don’t need to worry at all.

Implantation Bleeding happens when the fertilized egg attaches to the lining of the uterus. It usually happens when you’re expecting to have a menstrual period.

Some women don’t experience implantation bleeding and others might not notice it. As there is a very thin difference between implantation bleeding and menstrual bleeding and so many women mistake it for a light period.

Let’s walk you through the difference between implantation bleeding and period bleeding so that it will be easy for you to tell one type of bleeding from the other.

Difference between implantation bleeding and period

It isn’t easy to differentiate between implantation bleeding and period. Nevertheless, here are some points that can help you distinguish between implantation bleeding and menstruation.

PropertiesImplantation Bleeding Period Bleeding
ColourThe colour of implantation bleeding is usually light pinkish-brown. The menstrual period begins as a light pink colour but soon turns dark red.
Strength of flowImplantation bleeding is super light spotting. Periods may start light, but soon they become stronger.
CrampingCramps caused by implantation bleeding is usually lighter and shorter-lived. Period cramps are more intense and last longer.
ClottingIt is unlikely that in implantation bleeding clots will develop. Clots are common
Length of flowYou will experience implantation bleeding for 1 to 3 days Your period will last for 4 to 7 days.

Implantation Bleeding Symptoms

You may notice implantation bleeding before the morning sickness. Some of the symptoms of implantation bleeding are as follows:

  • Blood that is pinkish or brown.
  • Blood that flows lighter or lasts less than your usual period.
  • Mild or no Cramps
  • No blood clots like your period.

Apart from this, there are some other signs of early pregnancy:

  • Tender, swollen breasts or nipples
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Upset stomach
  • Vomiting (like morning sickness)
  • Food cravings
  • Mood swings
  • Frequent urination

These are some symptoms that show you’re pregnant! But if you’re still not sure it’s always better to take a pregnancy test or you can consult with your doctor.

Final Thoughts

As a recap, Implantation bleeding is not as same as period bleeding. There is a tiny little difference between them. Implantation bleeding occurs before you expect a menstrual period. The colour of implantation bleeding is light pink or brown (pinkish-brown), it’s unlike your period blood.

While going through implantation bleeding, women may experience mild cramps or no cramps. It depends on your body. 

While going through implantation bleeding, women may experience other early pregnancy symptoms such as vomiting, mood swings, food craving, swollen breasts, headaches, etc.

Sometimes these symptoms can get you a false result as well. So, it’s always better to make sure that you’re pregnant by taking a pregnancy test. There are pregnancy test kits available in the market to make sure but for better and correct guidelines, get in touch with AyuHealth a specialist for every kind of health problem.

About the Author

Dr. Nikitha Murthy B.S.
Post-Graduation (MS) in Gynaecology and DNB, Fellowship in Reproductive Medicine at AyuHealth | Website | + posts

Dr. Nikitha Murthy B.S. is a renowned Gynaecologist currently practicing at Ayu Health Hospital, Bangalore.

He is s a Consultant with IVF Access at its Rajajinagar clinic. She has over 6 years of experience. Dr. Nikitha has a post-graduation (MS) in Gynaecology, DNB from the National Board of India, and a Fellowship in Reproductive Medicine. He also has vast experience in Post-Graduation (MS) in Gynaecology and DNB.

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