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Implantation Cramps or PMS Cramps?

If you are trying to conceive for a long time and you begin to feel slight cramping, you may wonder, whether you are having implantation spasms or just slight PMS abdominal contractions. This may be disappointing. You may define this feeling as implantation cramps, when in fact it is connected with PMS symptoms. In other cases, women do not realize that there may be cramping as a first sign of early pregnancy, therefore the fact that they are late on their menstrual cycle comes as a shock. There are a few ways for you to tell the difference between period cramps and pregnancy cramps. You simply need to gain an understanding of your body and the way it works. Read further.

What Is Implantation Cramping?

Every woman understands what PMS cramps are. To understand what causes implantation spasms you must first understand the process of fertilization. Your ovaries will release a mature ovum or egg. If it meets with sperm, it becomes a fertilized egg. It then moves along the Fallopian toward your womb with the help from tiny fibers that cover the surface of your Fallopian tubes. Once it reaches the womb, it will implant itself into the walls of your uterus. This may happen up to 12 days after ovulation occurs. Your period is normally about 14 days after ovulation, so is it any wonder that many women mistake their symptoms?

If you are trying to conceive for a long time and you begin to feel slight cramping, you may wonder, whether you are having implantation spasms or just slight PMS abdominal contractions. This may be disappointing. You may define this feeling as implantation cramps, when in fact it is connected with PMS symptoms. In other cases, women do not realize that there may be cramping as a first sign of early pregnancy, therefore the fact that they are late on their menstrual cycle comes as a shock. There are a few ways for you to tell the difference between period cramps and pregnancy cramps. You simply need to gain an understanding of your body and the way it works. Read further.

What Is Implantation Cramping?

Every woman understands what PMS cramps are. To understand what causes implantation spasms you must first understand the process of fertilization. Your ovaries will release a mature ovum or egg. If it meets with sperm, it becomes a fertilized egg. It then moves along the Fallopian toward your womb with the help from tiny fibers that cover the surface of your Fallopian tubes. Once it reaches the womb, it will implant itself into the walls of your uterus. This may happen up to 12 days after ovulation occurs. Your period is normally about 14 days after ovulation, so is it any wonder that many women mistake their symptoms?

During this time, you may feel a variety of symptoms that include cramping, spotting, aching breasts, dizziness, fatigue, and more. Some women mistake these symptoms for PMS signs. The reason is that it is not always easy to tell the difference between menstrual cramps and implantation cramps. There have been many women who were ready to jump for joy, believing they were pregnant. Unfortunately, their period began a few days later. If you want to discover whether you should jump for joy or be prepared to try again next month, you need to gain an understanding of the differences between implantation cramps and PMS cramps.

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How Do Menstrual Cramps Feel?

Consider for a moment, how your menstrual cramps usually feel. More often such cramping feels as if your entire lower stomach is being squeezed intermittently. Other women may experience quite painful sensations. They are felt in the lower stomach and in their back. You may just experience bloating in the abdominal area. Menstrual cramps are different for every woman. Some experience only a mild pain, which is bearable. The others cramp so badly that they are unable even to work or go to school because of this unpleasant and painful feeling.

In some cases PMS may include spotting before the actual period begins. Often this bleeding is bright red and very noticeable. It is usually not heavy enough to require anything more than a panty liner.

How Do Implantation Cramps Feel?

When it comes to implantation, it will generally be a milder cramping, that what you used to experience during your PMS. Many women say that it is centered more on one side than the other. For instance, if a fertilized egg is attaching on the right side of your uterus, the cramping may be more on that side, than the left. A lot of women say that it feels like a pinching or pulling, not like an actual cramp. It may last anywhere from a couple of hours to a couple of days.

If you feel that you may be pregnant and your cramps are caused by embryo implantation, pay attention to your feelings. These spasms should never be too painful. If they are really unbearable, you should contact your doctor because there could be a major problem. Especially, if you normally do not have extreme cramping before your period. However, do not panic. There are a lot of cases, when women do experience severe implantation cramping. Each pregnancy is different, it is not an axiom.

Often implantation cramps also come along with spotting, but once more, this is not true for every woman. Sometimes such mild cramps begin days before bleeding is noticed. Or, on the contrary, you may see spotting with no cramps. Vaginal discharge during egg embedment is usually either light brown or pink in color. It may be barely noticeable on a piece of toilet paper and many women have it but never see it.

Other Early Signs of Implantation or Pregnancy

During implantation you may experience a variety of other symptoms that may be mistaken for PMS signs. Some women feel tingling or aching in their breasts. Bloating in the lower belly or uterus is also characteristic for implantation process. There are some women, who may not notice cramping, but they feel unusually tired or dizzy at this time. A lady, who does not normally have aching breasts or the other symptoms before their menstrual cycle, may define it as an early symptom of pregnancy faster than a woman, who experiences these things every month.

Pre-Menstrual or Implantation Cramps?

As it was mentioned above, mostly it is very hard to tell the difference between pregnancy cramps and period cramps. In order to attempt to figure out whether you are feeling implantation or PMS spasms, you must know and understand how your body normally acts before your period. Not all women feel cramps during implantation. Not all of us have similar spasms before period beginning. Knowing your body and understanding what you feel every month will go a long way in helping you to determine the nature of your sensations. Be patient!

If You Think It Is Implantation Instead of PMS

Most women feel implantation symptoms shortly before their period should begin. If you have had unprotected sex (or protected, sometimes contraception fails) and you feel that there is a chance you may be experiencing implantation, wait a few days and see, maybe it was pre-period cramps. If your period does not start, take a home pregnancy test and see the results. Often by the time you feel implantation cramps you are already about four weeks pregnant and, therefore, a HPT should be able to detect the pregnancy hormone in your urine. If it shows a negative result, wait a few more days to see if your period begins and if you still do not start your menstrual cycle, retest. If it is still negative, you may need to contact your doctor to see what may be going on.

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