Implantation bleeding

Women who are near the end of their 2ww (two week wait) will start to over analyse the signs that they may be pregnant. One of the most important signs that occur after ovulation is implantation. If implantation occurs then it usually means you will miss your next period and the fertilised egg has implanted itself within the womb lining.

When does implantation bleeding occur?

Implantation should happen between 6-12 days past ovulation, on average women experience this 10 days past ovulation.

What does implantation bleeding look like?

It is almost always light pink or brown spotting; implantation bleeding isn’t usually bright red. If it’s near your period then it’s most likely going to start soon.

How long does implantation bleeding last?

This is a very popular question asked by women who think they may be experiencing this. It varies but it should be no longer that 3 days.

When can I test after implantation bleeding?

You can get a positive test a few days after implantation as hCG rises after the fertilised egg implants, to be on the safe side test on the day you are due to start or the day before. Some people may not get a positive result if hCG does not rise fast enough or if you have a less sensitive test. Most tests detective levels of 50 mIU or more but there are tests that can detect the smallest levels such as 10mIU.

Signs to look out for implantation bleeding

Cramping, sore breasts or nipples, changes in mood, nausea, increased sense of smell and of course light spotting when you wipe. All these signs call also be PMS so you have to wait and see, not everyone also gets the signs that they are pregnant as it can be too soon to experience any of them but there are many women who debate this and are adamant that they got signs such as frequent urination, this happens when the foetus is pushing on the bladder so it always surprises me that women claim to have this symptom when their baby is the size of a peanut.

Remember that not all women experience implantation bleeding so it is rare, if you chart BBT you may also see a slight dip in temperature 6-12 days after ovulation. It can mean this is when the egg implantated but there is no scientific evidence to support this at this time.