Implantation bleeding is a slight spotting, that typically occurs a few days before a woman might miss her regular period. This atypical bloody discharge usually lasts anywhere from a few hours to a day or two and is lighter than a period. Every woman who is contemplating the possibility of being pregnant should become familiar with certain terms to fully understand what is happening inside the body and become aware of what to expect during this early sign of pregnancy, when a woman may not even realize she has conceived.
What Does Implantation Mean?
In regards to pregnancy, implantation is the time during early stages of pregnancy, when the fertilized egg implants itself in the lining of the mother’s uterus. This may cause some mild irritation to the blood vessels. This results in a small amount of bleeding which will pass from the uterus, through the cervix, and eventually exit from the vagina. A woman may mistake this bloody discharge for spotting between periods, or as the beginning of a period if she had not planned a pregnancy. If the woman had been trying to conceive, she may feel that all her attempts failed and she is not pregnant, or worry that something is wrong. This is why it is important to understand when and why this happens.