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How Heavy Is Implantation Bleeding, Normal Discharge vs. Abnormal

To Bleed, or Not to Bleed, That Is the Question

One of the unfortunate misconceptions about implantation bleeding is that it is unusual and dangerous for mother-to-be and her child. The truth of the matter is that there’s not a lot of conclusive evidence as to why some women experience this type of bloody discharge, while others don’t. For women who belong to the first group, it is nothing to be alarmed about, and conversely, not experiencing this type bleeding should not be a cause for concern either.

Physical Characteristics of Implantation Bleeding

The blood will appear to have a pinkish hue, although it is also normal to see brownish blood as well. This may vary a little in cases of ectopic pregnancy (a.k.a. tubal pregnancy), where the fertilized egg attaches to a location other than the uterine wall. In these instances the blood will more than likely be brown, as it takes more time for the embryo to make its way out of the Fallopian tubes. Since blood turns brown as it gets older, it will have this appearance upon discharge. On average, implantation bleeding will have a slightly different color than regular menstrual bleeding; it is typically more of a pink or brown. Normal menstrual fluid is reddish and dark-brown. As for other aspects of its physical appearance, typical implantation bleeding discharge looks like a mixture of blood and cervical mucus.

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