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Implantation Bleeding or Period: a Small Quiz

The moment when a normal menstrual cycle is interrupted by weird bleeding is always stressful, especially for those women, who desperately expect two pink lines on the test. Is this the so-called implantation bleeding, which belongs to the earliest pregnancy signs? What is the reason of this misplaced bloody discharge? Let’s make a short quiz to answer all your questions and to find out whether spotting in your case can be taken for that mysterious implantation bleeding.

Implantation Bleeding and Period: Main Tips

The key concept in pregnancy planning is ovulation. Fertilization is totally impossible without this natural process. Ovulation happens in the middle of each cycle (almost each, there are also cycles called anovulatory), approximately 14-16 days before the new menstrual cycle starts (2 weeks before menses). The mature ovum is ready to meet her spermatozoon and to give a new life.

The moment when a normal menstrual cycle is interrupted by weird bleeding is always stressful, especially for those women, who desperately expect two pink lines on the test. Is this the so-called implantation bleeding, which belongs to the earliest pregnancy signs? What is the reason of this misplaced bloody discharge? Let’s make a short quiz to answer all your questions and to find out whether spotting in your case can be taken for that mysterious implantation bleeding.

Implantation Bleeding and Period: Main Tips

The key concept in pregnancy planning is ovulation. Fertilization is totally impossible without this natural process. Ovulation happens in the middle of each cycle (almost each, there are also cycles called anovulatory), approximately 14-16 days before the new menstrual cycle starts (2 weeks before menses). The mature ovum is ready to meet her spermatozoon and to give a new life.

Fertilization itself happens not always right after unprotected sex. The sperm is ‘active’ approximately 72 hours. So, it takes from several hours to 3 days for ovum to become a blastocyst. The next step of the fertilized ovum is to move down the fallopians towards the uterus. Implantation bleeding happens, when blastocyst implants into the inner surface of the womb. Spotting starts on the 6-12th day after conception.

From the moment of implantation blastocyst becomes a full-fledged embryo. It is safely linked with mother’s organism. Woman’s body can’t keep silence, it gives a first reaction. More than 30% of future moms experience such a phenomenon as middle-cycle bleeding (scientifically called implantation bleeding) and implantation cramps. Bloody discharge lasts from several hours to several days. Normally it stops in 48 hours.

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Period or spotting quiz

Implantation bleeding or period

The aim of our quiz is to find out whether your spotting has something in common with pregnancy symptoms or it is the harbinger of regular menses. Answer these 7 questions and you will finally get the picture:

  1. Did you have the unprotected sexual intercourse with your partner in the current menstrual cycle?

After saying ‘no’ you may stop the test, the result is obvious. The Immaculate Holy Conception has nothing in common with reality. Fertilization is possible only after ovulation, roughly in the middle of the cycle. In case you used condoms, oral contraception, rejected sexual intercourse or emergency postcoital pills, everything is possible. Buy a home pregnancy test (abbreviated as HPT). If it’s negative, wait a few weeks and take one more test. Conception after using different kinds of contraception is still possible, such cases were described and discussed many times.

  1. When did your bloody discharge begin?

If the answer is 3-10 days before period, there is a positive probability of being pregnant. Implantation usually happens on the 6-12th day after ovulation. Remember, that in case of late ovulation spotting can coincide with regular menses. A stressful situation, hormone imbalance and unhealthy habits can provoke late ovulation.

  1. How does your sudden spotting look like?

Implantation discharge has peculiar characteristics. Scanty red, pink or light brown (less likely) drops mean positive result. If you are changing your tampon or pad once a day or every 3 hours, pregnancy is impossible. Heavy or increasing bloody discharge in the middle of the monthly period clearly indicates health problems. Clots, thick and dark pieces in cervical mucus are abnormal. Dark brown spotting can indicate hormone imbalance, cervical erosion, benign, pre-malignant or even malignant (cancerous) tumor.

Discharge during period contains necrosed debris of the inner mucous membrane (endometrium) and ovule cells. That is why it is thicker in consistency and much darker in color. Menstrual flow, as compared to implantation bleeding, is noticeably heavier.

  1. How long have you been bleeding?

Less than a day (ideally a few hours), a couple of days or more than 3-4 days? The first two variants are likely to be the signs of pregnancy. If bloody discharge before menses lasts for 3 and even 7 days, you need to see your personal GYN (if you have one) or woman’s doctor on duty immediately. The inflammation, chronic disease exacerbation or even early pregnancy termination can be diagnosed.

  1. Do you have weird feelings in your abdomen?

If you feel some cramps there, you are probably expecting a child. However, remember, that severe and painful spasms are rather abnormal, than acceptable.

  1. What happens with your basal temperature now?

Basal temperature measuring is one of the cheapest ways to monitor your ovulation cycle. The new value must be taken every morning before going out of bed. It is better to use the BBT rectally. Every new data must be recorded on the fertility chart. During the first 2 weeks of a menstrual cycle woman’s body temperature is a little lower, than usual (approximately 96.0 – 97.5 degrees F). During ovulation a rise in body temperature can be observed. Such a phenomenon is caused by the progesterone level increase. Woman’s organism tries to provide a comfortable environment for fertilization. During this period a temperature rise (0.4-0.6 degrees F) can be traced. Directly before menstrual bleeding the BT decreases.

  1. What are the results of the home hCG-test?

Two lines almost always mean successful conception. If you see just one red line, do not feel upset. Usually such result means that a woman is not pregnant, but the probability of successful conception is still high. Home pregnancy tests are known as ‘99% accurate tests’. They are very sensible and show positive results 3-4 days after blastocyst implantation. The problem is that the hCG-level varies. It can be too low to give the desirable second line in the test’s result window. Wait 1-2 weeks and buy several HPT-tests of different types. Normally, the hCG-level doubles every 2-4 days, so you would be able to see at least a faint second line.

If you experience spotting in the 2nd part of your cycle and are not sure whether it is caused by irregular menses or implantation bleeding, the best decision will be to consult a GYN. The reasons of transformed from light to heavy discharge, clots and dark brown pieces in vaginal blood flow, sharp painful feelings and sudden general health deterioration need to be diagnosed immediately. If the woman is expecting, such symptoms can indicate serious embryo pathologies.

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