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Implantation Bleeding, Early and Late Period

Cramps in early pregnancy and implantationbleeding are two most wide-spread signs of pregnancy, which appear even before the HP-test can show you the pair of red lines. However, no one knows exactly, how this bloody discharge looks like and spasms feel like. There are several characteristics of these phenomena, but they may appear (in 30% of pregnancies) and may not. Well, how can you then distinguish your regular period from bleeding and implantation cramping? We’ll try to help you with this matter.

Implantation Bleeding Symptoms

As far as you know, the ovulation day is approximately in the middle of your cycle. Exactly at that moment the mature ovum (non-fertilized yet) comes out of the ovaries.

There are four possible ways to find out, when your ovulation day will happen:

– the analysis of the cervical mucus – vaginal discharge becomes more watery and heavy;

– regular BT tracking, advisable for 2-3 months`, before ovulation the BBT decreases and then increases once more, it’s important to notice this jump;

– pelvic exam – your gyn will tell you, whether your cervix is ready for conception, it must be opened a bit, more soft and lifted;

– ultrasound exam – it must be done several times during the menstrual cycle, sonogram is the most precise way ‘to catch’ your ovulation.

Cramps in early pregnancy and implantationbleeding are two most wide-spread signs of pregnancy, which appear even before the HP-test can show you the pair of red lines. However, no one knows exactly, how this bloody discharge looks like and spasms feel like. There are several characteristics of these phenomena, but they may appear (in 30% of pregnancies) and may not. Well, how can you then distinguish your regular period from bleeding and implantation cramping? We’ll try to help you with this matter.

Implantation Bleeding Symptoms

As far as you know, the ovulation day is approximately in the middle of your cycle. Exactly at that moment the mature ovum (non-fertilized yet) comes out of the ovaries.

There are four possible ways to find out, when your ovulation day will happen:

– the analysis of the cervical mucus – vaginal discharge becomes more watery and heavy;

– regular BT tracking, advisable for 2-3 months`, before ovulation the BBT decreases and then increases once more, it’s important to notice this jump;

– pelvic exam – your gyn will tell you, whether your cervix is ready for conception, it must be opened a bit, more soft and lifted;

– ultrasound exam – it must be done several times during the menstrual cycle, sonogram is the most precise way ‘to catch’ your ovulation.

So, when you have sex during these two-three days (to be more precise between the 10th and the 18th days of the cycle), the possibility of conception is very high. If you calculate further, you’ll understand why implantation happens much later. The day of ovulation plus several days of stable spermatozoon activity (they can stay alive in the woman’s body up to 3-5 days) and plus a few days for conception itself. Then the fertilized egg travels to the cervix. It takes up to 5 days for an embryo to reach its final destination. Now do you understand why implantation happens only a week-two after possible conception? This scheme is perfectly organized: your body functions are as precise as a Swiss clock!

Remember (or better write down) several typical signs of implantation, physiological and psychological:

  • bleeding or spotting;
  • abdominal cramping;
  • lightheadedness and feeling ill;
  • aching breasts;
  • apathy.

How to Distinguish Implantation Bleeding and Early Period

We have found out, that implantation possibly takes place from the 6th to the 10th-14th day after ovulation. It is approximately the time when your period usually starts. Implantation cramps and bleeding can be the sign of the early menses. How to distinguish these two causes of your nasty feeling and bad mood? Of course, with our help!

What does it mean, when your period is early? Bloody discharge several days or even two weeks before the expected date can be surprising. Early period can start because of such reasons as:

  • hormonal pills and contraceptive tabs (especially the postcoital ones) – e.g. if you suddenly stop to take them, your hormone levels rise and this change can cause bleeding;
  • stressful situations – the most common reason for early and late menses;
  • sexually transmitted infections – especially of the late stages;
  • a sudden loss/gain of a lot of weight – it’s a stressful situation for your body too;
  • other gyn-problems, including inflammations, different ovaries` syndromes and abnormalities.

How to distinguish implantation bleeding and pregnancy cramps from early period? See the main tips:

  • Implantation bleeding is lighter, bloody discharge is pinkish or reddish, without any clots and strange-colored pieces. Regular period, even if it starts early, means a heavy red or brownish flow, which forces you to use your pads and tampons immediately.
  • Implantation discharge looks like a few drops of blood, you can see it just one day or three, stable slight. Menstrual flow increases in its intensity, it lasts for 3-7 days.
  • Implantation cramps in the lower part of your abdomen can appear on the 5th day after conception, they are feeling like short ‘butterfly’ spasms, very mild and not aching. Pre-menstrual cramping is more noticeable and heavy, after taking a pill it doesn’t appear once more.
  • Pregnancy cramps usually last for a while, causing no harm to your organism – they are bearable. Your menstrual aches are much more painful. Implantation cramping can end and appear several times more.

Implantation bleeding, cramping and late period

Some sources say that implantation symptoms after your missed period are very doubtful. But let’s see whether you can suspect pregnancy even after post-menstrual bloody discharge.

If you had a late ovulation, everything is possible, my dear. This date shifts, then add a week for conception and egg movement towards the cervix and Fallopians – implantation bleeding can start 1-2 days after the predicted date of your period. Don’t be distressed after noticing blood on your underwear; it can indicate exactly the thing you were waiting for.

How to understand, whether these symptoms are connected with implantation? First of all, this bloody discharge will be quite different from that you are used to. It will be mild and mostly unpainful, only sudden slight cramps may be felt from time to time. And, of course, take a pregnancy test or better two. They will show you your baby in 99 cases out of 100. If it’s negative, don’t panic, wait several days and take another one, or go straight to your ob-gyn.

In case the reason for bleeding and cramps is something else, e.g. hormonal therapy or weight loss, eating disorders or increased exercises, etc., you will be given a personal prescription.

To sum up, you don’t need to consult your doctor right at the moment you see the beginning of a slight discharge. Firstly listen to your body. Are there any other symptoms of pregnancy or illness? Have you experienced some stressful situations? Maybe there are any chronicle diseases, which can affect your reproductive system? Sit down and writ out all the possible variants of your state. Then, if the bleeding becomes heavier or more painful, if you feel severe and unbearable abdominal or back pain, you can schedule an appointment with your ob-gyn. With this list it will be much easier to find out the real cause of the early and late period. Maybe he or she will confirm your pregnancy, who knows.

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