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Implantation bleeding: myths and facts

Updated on October 18, 2012
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I am an almost 41 year old married girl, who wants nothing more than to become a mother.

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"A baby is something you carry inside you for nine months, in your arms for three years and in your heart till the day you die."

Author: Mary Mason

Trying to get pregnant can be a tiring and disheartening experience over time if the desired result does not show up within an expected timeframe. When a woman is desperately trying to conceive without success, after a while every symptom experienced, every twingle or cramp felt can be interpreted as sure signs in our heads of the much wanted pregnancy.

There have been countless articles, blogs and posts written about the possible early signs of pregnancy. Some give us a lot of hope while some reduce us to tears if we don’t like what is being said. Implantation bleeding is one of those early pregnancy symptoms that has been much debated over the years. Do all women experience it? How long does it last? What does it look like? What does it feel like? When should it show up?..... and many more questions have been raised around this topic. In this hub I will outline some of the facts and myths about implantation bleeding, hopefully make it more clear to women out there in the same boat as myself.




The lowdown

But first of all, what exactly is implantation bleeding?

“Implantation bleeding is thought to happen when the fertilized egg attaches to the lining of the uterus.” (http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/implantation-bleeding/AN02029)

Myths about implantation bleeding:

  • It only happens to about 30% of all women.

  • It would only last between few hours to a couple days max.

  • It would only be a bit of dark brown spotting, no flow.

  • If it was to happen, it definitely has to show up maximum 10 days after ovulation.

  • You cannot have implantation bleeding after your missed period.

  • Implantation bleeding is always accompanied by implantation cramps.


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It has most definitely been proven by now that implantation bleeding in fact is not a myth, however it may vary from woman to woman and some may never experience implantation bleeding at all -the beauty of each of us being different from one another. Moreover, some women who did have implantation bleeding just simply mistook it as an unusually light period and were in fact surprised to find out that they were expecting.

Facts about implantation bleeding:

  • It is not an urban legend, it most definitely exists. All women should study their body over time to get familiar with all symptoms. If unsure check with your GP.

  • Women may not experience implantation bleeding with all their pregnancies, i.e implantation bleeding could be present with one pregnancy and not be there at all with the next one.

  • There is no exact criteria what implantation bleeding will or must look like: some women report brown spotting, some say it was merely there, and some describe it as very likely to a light period.
  • Implantation bleeding can last from a couple of hours up to a week.



Conclusion

Trying to get pregnant can be a very stressful and frustrating experience. While it is great to do some research in the areas we are interested in, we must resist the urge to look up every symptom, cramp or ache we may experience. This is supposed to be a joyful experience and like so many women trying out there, I am also guilty of losing sight of the bigger picture at times. I often have to remind myself how extremely grateful I am to have my wonderful husband, friends and family, what a happy life we are living, and I am sure it is only a matter of time before our bundle of joy arrives. Lots of baby dust to all!

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      K81 3 years ago

      Hi. I hope someone can help here before I go to the docs... I have 3 children already (10, 6 & 4) & have never had implantation bleeding (that I'm aware of) We are currently trying for another & my last period was 15th Oct. For the past 4 days I have had on & off bleeding. Sometimes its light pink, sometimes brown & sometimes red. I've had to wear a pad as there's quite a bit. Not as bad as my period but then my periods are normally really heavy so from what I've been reading I'm not entirely sure what's considered normal amounts to lose. I've also got mild cramps/pains every so often & really sore breasts. I've done a pregnancy test but it's negative? I'm really confused :( TIA xx

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      mimi 3 years ago

      I had pink discharge when I wiped 7days after my period.... My period started on the 12th & was over Aug. 16th, I had sex on this day....A week later on the 22nd pink discharge on the 23rd the same thing then it went away....am I pregnant?? Is this implantation bleeding??

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      Cheryl 3 years ago

      4 dpo have bleeding and cramping...could this be implantation bleeding?