If you suspect a pregnancy but still bleed, it may be implantation bleeding, but you have to know how to differentiate it.
Women when they have unprotected sex (because they are looking for a baby or due to lack of caution) are likely to become pregnant. One of the first symptoms to be able to know that you are really pregnant is due to implantation bleeding, but some women confuse with the rule and it is very important to differentiate it in order to identify a pregnancy.
Although it is true that when a woman becomes pregnant the first sign is the absence of a period, when implantation bleeding is confused with a menstruation there may be some confusion. But implantation bleeding has nothing to do with a normal rule, so knowing the differences between the two phenomena is quite simple.
WHEN A WOMAN GETS PREGNANT
A woman becomes pregnant when the egg is released from the ovary and is fertilized by the man’s sperm, resulting in a fertilized egg that is also known as a zygote. This process occurs inside a woman’s fallopian tubes. During this period, the zygote travels from the fallopian tube and reaches the uterus . In the uterus, it divides to form a bastocyst (it is a small ball of cell with an outer covering around it).
Once the blastocyst reaches the uterus , it exits the outer covering and attaches itself to the interim wall of the uterus. This accessory allows a blastocyst to form basic bonds with its blood vessels. Your blood cells will supply the nutrients and oxygen necessary for growth and development.
When the blastocyst penetrates the endometrium or outer lining and attaches to the lining of the uterus, slight bleeding or spotting may be experienced. This is the blood or spotting that tells you that you are pregnant and is implantation bleeding or spotting.
DO ALL WOMEN HAVE IMPLANTATION BLEEDING?
Although implantation bleeding or spotting is quite common among women (one third of women who get pregnant experience it), it is necessary to know that not all women have this bleeding and are equally pregnant.
You can assess if it really is implantation bleeding in your case taking into account the signs, symptoms and some things that you should take into account.
Implantation bleeding or spotting occurs six to twelve days after ovulation. Normally it usually happens before the date you expect your period, and although the menstruation cycle can vary, the average date of the rule is usually considered the 14th day of ovulation . Spotting can occur on any day between day 6 and 12 after ovulation.
By all this I mean that implantation bleeding or spotting can occur during the third or fourth week of your last menstrual period. At this time the zygote will already take about 5 or 6 days traveling in the fallopian tubes towards the uterus and once it arrives it will be attached to the endometrium. Therefore, implantation or spotting will occur within 12 days of ovulation.
But since each body is different, implantation spotting or bleeding can also occur before 6 days. The moment of implantation bleeding or spotting can vary from one woman to another, but the important thing to know is that this bleeding means that the implantation has occurred successfully, although it takes a few days for the blood to reach the vagina from the uterus. .
HOW TO KNOW IF IT IS IMPLANTATION BLEEDING
Implantation bleeding or spotting is not like a rule, it usually has a pink or brownish color and you will only stain the panties a little without more. It has nothing to do with normal bleeding from a rule, it is much lighter and only appears once.
With implantation bleeding, some women (especially those with infrequent or irregular periods) may feel confused when it occurs and may think it is the start of their period. But if you want to successfully differentiate implantation bleeding with the rule , don’t miss the following points to keep in mind:
– Look at the flow of your panties . Implantation bleeding is light and that’s it, your period may start out light but it gets heavy. Implantation bleeding does not contain blood clots or heavy flow as does menstruation.
– Check the color. When you have your period the color of the blood is vibrant red, but when it comes to implantation bleeding or spotting it appears light pink or brown . If for any reason this bleeding is red, it must be taken into account that there will be no more blood so it will not be a period and therefore it will be the staining of having become pregnant.
– Regular flow. The menstrual flow normally continues through a specific duration (to what you are used to with your periods), that is, you continue to have spots and menstruation blood. With implantation bleeding it is usually a slight spotting all at once, although light bleeding can occasionally come and go. Sometimes with staining the spots appear and disappear for a few days, something that is not normal in bleeding from a rule that usually lasts between three and seven days.
– Menstrual pain. Both the period and implantation bleeding can cause cramps and pain, but with the rule it becomes more intense. The pains and cramps with implantation bleeding do not usually increase in intensity, especially when combined with brown or pink bleeding . But the pregnancy pain as the days go by can be noticed by the changes in the woman’s body, but this has nothing to do with implantation bleeding or the rule, simply that the body begins to change to be able to accommodate a new life inside.
Once you take all of this into account, you can perfectly differentiate implantation bleeding with a ruler.
Dr. Tabriella Perivolaris, Sara's mother and fan of fashion, beauty, motherhood, among others, about the female universe. Since 2018 she has been working as a copywriter, always bringing to her articles a little of her experience and experience as a mother and woman.