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How Long Does Implantation Bleeding Last?

In the very early stages of pregnancy, a woman might begin to notice some bleeding coming out on her underwear which is different from her regular period. This is known as implantation bleeding or spotting, and differs from the bleeding that occurs during menstruation and is an early sign of pregnancy in some women.

What is it exactly, how long will it last and what can you learn from it?

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What is Implantation Bleeding?

Implantation bleeding occurs after a fertilized egg travels through the fallopian tubes and implants into the walls of the womb, or uterus. As tissues form around the egg, it can irritate the walls of the uterus and cause some bleeding.

Blood can leak from the cervix and come out on the underwear.

One-third of pregnant women experience implantation bleeding.

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What are the Signs of Implantation Bleeding?

Implantation bleeding differs from bleeding from menstruation in several ways, and is a signal that you might be pregnant. So, it is of value to understand what it looks like and how it feels.

Implantation bleeding:

  • is darker than bleeding from your period. It is usually a brownish color, because the blood is not fresh.
  • often accompanies lighter cramping than your period.
  • is not as heavy as your period.
  • occurs around a week before your normal period.

If there is excessive pain or a deep red to the blood or it's heavy, you should consult a health care specialist.


When Should You Take a Pregnancy Test After Implantation Bleeding?

One thing to keep in mind when you are showing signs of implantation bleeding is whether you are showing other signs of pregnancy. Are you nauseous, are you very tired?

The bleeding will occur within 6-12 days after conception, so it is wise to consider this too when calculating when it begins to determine whether it is indeed implantation bleeding that is occurring.

It is important to understand what is happening in your body too: It is after the egg comes down the fallopian tubes and implants into the womb that it will begin to develop what is known as the pregnancy hormone or hCG (human chorionic gonadotrophin). It takes time for this hormone to start being produced in the uterus. In other words, a pregnancy test might not yield positive results if taken too early. In fact, it won't come out positive until the placenta begins to develop and produce hCG.

So, if you take an early pregnancy test after 3-4 days after implantation, you could get a positive result. Many women test positive right after they've missed their period, or about a week after implantation.

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So, How Long Does Implantation Bleeding Last?

This depends on the woman, everyone's different. In some cases, the bleeding can last a month or two, though this seems to be rare. It is important to consult a physician or other health care specialist in these cases if there is an excessive amount of pain accompanying the bleeding.

However, though the bleeding can last a month or two in some cases, it is generally the case that it lasts a day or two. And, as stated earlier, the bleeding itself is somewhat rare, occurring only in one-third of cases of pregnancy. And in very rare cases the bleeding is the sign of something serious, so that's why it is important to monitor it, watch the color of it and keep track of how much pain accompanies the bleeding. Typically there should only be light cramping and some soreness.

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The Take Away

So, it should be remembered that implantation bleeding is darker than your usual period and only accompanies light cramping. The blood flow will be lighter, not as heavy as your period, hence the term, spotting.

If spotting accompanies other signs of pregnancy like nausea or extreme tiredness, you are showing signs that indeed you could be pregnant. You can take the pregnancy test about 3-4 days after signs of implantation or about a week afterward, after you've missed your period.

Implantation bleeding usually lasts about one or two days, and in rare cases it can last a month or two. If you are experiencing extreme pain during bleeding or the color of the blood has turned a deep red, then you need to consult a health care specialist, your mid-wife or family doctor.

Disclaimer: The information in this article does not constitute professional advice. It is based on research but the author of the work is not a licensed physician. This article is for informational purposes only and should not be taken as medical advice. It is best to consult with a physician.

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brit 2 years ago

Does implatation change from looking pinkish to brown


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NathaNater 2 years ago Author

Hi, brit. Thanks for that very good question. Yes, implantation bleeding actually ranges from pink to brown and can even be a pinkish-brown color or get rather dark. The color is also often faded. It can change color, this is not unusual.


lisa 2 years ago

I never spoted blood before my period and it only lasted for 1day but it got hevey the next day then it stoped then the spotting started back up could i be pregnant?


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NathaNater 2 years ago Author

Hi, lisa. Thank you for stopping by.

What you are experiencing could be normal menstruation. Sometimes those are the signs of a chemical pregnancy or a very early miscarriage, though. This is not totally unusual, happens with about 50-60% of pregnancies and often goes undetected. Of course, it's advisable to visit your doctor to be certain of what is happening.


jennifer 2 years ago

I had my period then had unprotected sex on the last day of my period.i took emergency contraceptive pills to ensure i didn't get pregnant.i had sex again 5 days after but this time protected and the very next day i had another period lasting 3 days! Could be heavy spotting mistaken for period as a result of pregnancy?


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NathaNater 2 years ago Author

Hi, Jennifer.

You can tell the difference between your period and implantation bleeding because there is less blood with implantation bleeding and the color is either pink or brown; also, implantation bleeding will usually occur about a week before your regular period; in rare cases it occurs on the day of menstruation. In addition, implantation bleeding generally only lasts a couple days. Also, you should pay attention if you are having other signs of pregnancy. If you are uncertain, you can take a home pregnancy test and if you are very concerned you should see your doctor.


Adeline 2 years ago

Hi, my husband and I have been ttc for the past 4 months. I have very irregular cycles though. My last period was on April 17th. This month I began spotting on Wednesday August 6th and I'm still spotting. The color on Wednesday was pinkish and now it's a bit darker. Could I be pregnant? When should I take a pregnancy test?


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NathaNater 2 years ago Author

Hi, Adeline. Those sound like signs that you could be pregnant; you haven't had a period in awhile and you're spotting and the color of the spotting is pink to dark. You can take a pregnancy test within about 3 to 4 days after spotting. So, looks like you could take the pregnancy test at this time to find out if you are pregnant.


Suzie-Ann 2 years ago

I had unprotected sex 13 day after my period and now I'm spotting light pink very mild abdominal cramping and slight headache. one week before my period should start. What could be happening ?


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NathaNater 2 years ago Author

Hi, Suzie-Ann. Those are signs that you could be pregnant because spotting often occurs about a week before your normal period and often occurs with light cramping. You could take a pregnancy test to be sure.


Carla 2 years ago

I had very light spotting on the 1st and 2nd of this month. No normal period since the first week of July. I took a pregnancy test 3 days ago and it was negative. What could be going on?


niki 2 years ago

Hey im wondering if im pregnant my period is very lite not heavy. I don't even need to wear a pad instead I wear panties liners. When I first spotted is was dark brown to black. It been going on for a couple days.


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NathaNater 2 years ago Author

Hi, Carla. Although most of the time Home Pregnancy Tests are accurate, sometimes they give false results. A false-negative could occur if the test isn't given time to work or if you drink a lot of water before you take the test; for best results, it's said you should take the test first thing when you get up in the morning. It's a good idea to consult your physician and consider a blood test for most accurate results. Especially since you are showing other signs of pregnancy.

Hi, niki. Spotting can be dark, as you describe, and can appear as a very light period. Since it's been been a couple days, you could within a day or so take a pregnancy test; you can take the test withing 3-4 days of spotting.


SHARIE 2 years ago

Hi,

My last period was on 25th july and i have spotting on 16th aug a week before my period should start. When I first spotted is was pinkish to dark brown and im still spotting. Beside spotting, i have slight cramping and lower backache. Am i pregnant ? When can i start take a pregnancy test?


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NathaNater 2 years ago Author

Hi, Sharie. Implantation occurs about a week before your period, at the time your spotting started; the color of that spotting is the usual color too, pink to dark brown. Spotting also accompanies light cramping like you're having. I cannot tell you whether you're pregnant, but you can take a pregnancy test within 3-4 days after spotting: In other words, in the next couple days, today being August 18.


sara 2 years ago

hello

my periods date is 20th and i got my beta hcg test done on the 16th which was 27ml..

on 17th night i experienced light skin coloured discharge very little which was only seen on tissue paper and today on the 19th i saw brown coloured spotting...could this be implantation spotting?

what should i do?

should i retest beta hcg?


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NathaNater 2 years ago Author

Hi, sara. Yes, that could be spotting because the color can go from pink to brown. An HCG level of 25 ml is generally considered pregnant. You could take another test to see if the HCG level has gone up, it tends to double within 2-3 days during pregnancy.


Brandi 2 years ago

I had my last period on July 22 &' had sex on my ovulation day &' two days after now it's the 19th &' was to expect my period but didn't see any blood until later on &' I had light bleeding...Help


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NathaNater 2 years ago Author

Hi, Brandi. You are fertile 5 days before and 1 day after ovulation, and it sounds like it could be spotting that you saw after, it seems, you missed a period. You could take a home pregnancy test in 3-4 days to see if it comes up positive or negative. Also pay attention if you notice any other signs that you could be pregnant like nausea or feeling very tired.


Kelsey 2 years ago

Hi, I'm a day late on my period &' the 19th is the day my period is supposed to start but no blood later on that day I began to spot my last period was July &' I ovulated the 1 thru 5 had sex on the 5 &' 6 skipped &' had sex on the 9 could this mean I'm pregnant


Courtney Miller 2 2 years ago

My periods have been abnormal for the past few months but August 3-7 I had a light period Aug.9th had sex and then I ovulated and the 14&15th were my most fertile days had sex Aug.14th then the 15th I had light pink spotting then it went to brownish/ pinkish for three days than it went dark and then had sex and the past two days I've had red blood it tends to get dark then light but it's not heavy at all it's nothing like my periods! I'm not suppose to have my actual period until Aug. 26th but I usually start a week before my mom and she started today and I haven't! Could this be implantation bleeding if so when should I test??


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NathaNater 2 years ago Author

It does sound like that could be spotting, Courtney, because it occurred around a week before your normal period and it is lighter flow and pink to brown in color. You could test any time now, it's been more than 3-4 days since the spotting occurred.

Kelsey: Spotting tends to occur a week before your normal period, so it's showing up a little later, it sounds, with you; sometimes there can be a little spotting before a normal period. You could take the pregnancy test in 3-4 days to make sure.


sara 2 years ago

but this implantation spotting occurred 2days before my period..i have little on and off cramping in my lower abdomen along with little back pain now..its been 4days that I've been spotting but very light just few spots..

how long will it take to get a positive home pregnancy test?

and will it be normal even if i have this spotting at the time of my mensturation cycle


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NathaNater 2 years ago Author

Hi, sara. Sometimes spotting occurs before a normal period, and it is unusual for implantation bleeding to occur so close to your period. You could take a home pregnancy test; usually, it takes 3-5 minutes to get results. Taking the test during your period should not interfere with the results.


denny89 2 years ago

Hello I'm denise. First it started with brown spotting then At 5 weeks 5 days I had some minor cramping and then just a light gush of light red blood. Then brown, still have it to this day but only when I wipe. I'm 6 weeks 4 days today. On the day I had the red blood my hcg levels were 13,851. The next day they went to 11,000. Two days ago they went back up to 14,000. I'm so Scared I lose my baby. I have PCOS I'm taking metformin. I took clomid to get pregnant. Please help me. My Breast feel heavy and sore. Nausea is still a symptom.


sara 2 years ago

dr i just got beta hog repeat test today

on 16th it was 27ml and today on 21st(second day of missed period) its 190.80ml

what does this say?


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NathaNater 2 years ago Author

Hi, Denise. I can see why you would be concerned because HCG levels went down. But then they went up. Sometimes when there are twins, a mother can lose one but the other baby will live, and this accounts for a drop in HCG and then a rise. It is best to talk with your doctor and maybe take another blood test to see if the pregnancy is progressing.

Sara, that sounds like a normally progressing pregnancy, because HCG levels tend to double every 2-3 days. It is best to talk with your doctor and continue to monitor progress.


Kendra 2 years ago

I was on my period on and off all through July because of missed days in my birth control. I've been off of my birth control since the last week of July. I have had breaks between birth control a lot the past few years I have been on it and this has never happened. My periods have always been a little irregular so I don't know when to expect my next one. My last day of my period was around I think 6th or 7th of August. My boyfriend and I have been having unprotected sex through all this time. From July until now. Every time I have a period I know its coming because of certain symptoms like cramping and it usually is quite heavy. The 19th I went to the bathroom and with no warning saw a spot of blood. There was a little bit more throughout the day but it wasn't like a normal period for me. I took a test that day and it came out negative. The next day I spotted once and there was only a little bit and it was brown. Yesterday the same thing happened but I was irritable all day and I had a headache all that afternoon. I also had it happen twice when I moved too fast and felt dizzy. I had no cramping though and with my period I usually have really bad cramps. I haven't seen any signs of spotting today at all so far. Is it still possible that I might be pregnant or is it normal for this to happen with my body?


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NathaNater 2 years ago Author

Hi, Kendra. It's possible for implantation bleeding to stop within one or two days. Which is what has happened in your case. Though, spotting can occur before a period too. It sounds like it could be implantation bleeding because of the color and very light flow. I think you took the pregnancy test too soon to get an accurate result. It's better to take it at least 3-4 days after spotting occurs; so you might get a more accurate result if you take the test now.


chinnu 2 years ago

Am usually having 40 to 45 days cycle. Last lmp is 30th july(43days delayed cycle). Today I got mild punkish brown spots. What it coyld be? It is my record of having cycle before due period? Am also having mil cramping and mild back pain. Can I be pregnant? We had of unprotected sex for all these days. I am also aborted in February 2014


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NathaNater 2 years ago Author

chinnu: Sometimes spotting occurs during ovulation. That could be what you are experiencing, and it is sometimes accompanied by some cramping. Depending on your age, too, you could have some darker spotting. Probably the best thing for you to do is take a home pregnancy test in 3 or 4 days and see if the results are positive or negative for pregnancy.


ata 2 years ago

I had always have irregular periods n don't even kno when the next one will come..but for the past 3 months my period has come on the same day which is the 24th..so my last period was july 24..I had unprotected sex wit my boyfriend on aug 9 & 13..mind now I don't even know my ovulation date due to the fact I have irregular periods..but since den ive had minor cramping n nauseous, breast tenderness..but jus now I started spottin brownish..and today is the 25th of august so im a day late..but usually every first day of my period, it flows heavy to a point wea I can't get out of bed..so I dobt know whether im pregnant or not cus right now im only spottin..one minute I go to da loo and wipe n its brownish da next its nothing


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NathaNater 2 years ago Author

That is hard to tell, ata, because the spotting does seem to be occurring a bit earlier than it would usually occur in the case of pregnancy, since your periods have been coming around the 24th; but like you said, they are generally irregular. However, it is timed right for when you might have possibly conceived, around 12 days afterward. In some cases, the spotting you are seeing occurs during a normal period. The only way to confirm is to take a home pregnancy test in a few days (you can take one 3-4 days after seeing spotting to get accurate results). Of course, ultimately, a doctor who can actually see you, and maybe decide whether you need a blood test and to track progress (if it is a pregnancy) with ultrasound, is the most reliable route.


michell 2 years ago

I missed my period 3 days but I saw red light blood is that a good sighn for implanation im so worried and can I take pregnancy test now??


mary 2 years ago

Hi my name is Mary and ive been having this brown comeing out and its not heavy its light but I was on the depo shot and never got my period when I was on it and I got off of it and had sex on Monday and a week before that could I be pregnant


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NathaNater 2 years ago Author

Hi, michell: That could be implantation bleeding. You can take a home pregnancy test 3-4 days after you see spotting.

mary: Depo is supposed to be effective for up to 12-14 days, so it seems like it should have been working still if it was within 12-14 days after your last shot when you possibly conceived. You could take a home pregnancy test to make sure.


raziya 2 years ago

Hii my baby have 5 month old & i have my period on 18 aug .after a weak bloody show


Priss 2 years ago

ok so I started my period August.1st and just had another one


Priss 2 years ago

Hello.. My periods have always been regular I started on the 1st of August and that lasted my normal heavy 5 to 6 days I then had another period on the 27th although it was not a heavy flow and lasted only 3 days could this be implantation bleeding ?? Even though it was more like a light period instead of the brown stains I've been reading about ? I got anxious so I took a pregnancy test lol but it came out negative did I take it to soon ? The only thing I'm experiencing is headaches


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NathaNater 2 years ago Author

raziya, I think you should see your doctor.


teetee 2 years ago

I had my period 2 weeks ago. Last week I had brown looking discharge only lasted 2 days. Then yesterday I had cramps and noticed some blood last night which has lasted until today. Does this sound like implantation or normal menstrual?


Nece 2 years ago

Okay normally my period last 4 days and its been coming around the 20th of each month so July it came on really light and lasted 3 days I didn't think anything . Now on Aug 14 It spot for one day next day a lil heavier the the 3 day spot for a few then off. So now on the 31 a gush of red comes and normally I don't cramp so any cramping is bad but this was a different cramp and now its done .. I'm not stressing so why I'm having irregular things happen with my period.


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NathaNater 2 years ago Author

teetee: It's unlikely to be implantation bleeding so close to your last period. Though it sounds like on and off flow which happens when there is implantation bleeding. To be sure, you could take a home pregnancy test.

Nece: Depending on age, a period can change and even become irregular. So, what you are experiencing could be a normal period. To be certain, you should consult your doctor.


pinki 2 years ago

I am nursing women.I started my period on 18th aug and lasted 4 days then i have another period on 30th aug.first day brown in colour and another day bloody like period it's normal or having any prblm plz tell me


Sidney 2 years ago

I had unprotected sex a day after I was done with my period and about three days later I was spotting. From what I've been reading it doesn't sound like it's possible for me to be pregnant cause spotting doesn't happen till usually 6-12 days later correct?


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NathaNater 2 years ago Author

Yes, Sidney, it takes awhile after conception for implantation bleeding to start, so it's unlikely you are experiencing it, especially so close to your normal period. You could take a home pregnancy test if you want to be certain about it.

pinki: It is unlikely that that is implantation bleeding because it occurred close to your normal period. As women get older, it's possible for periods to change patterns like that. You should go see a doctor to be sure.


shay 2 years ago

My period was due on the 1st now its the 5th in im spotting.what is it?


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NathaNater 2 years ago Author

It is hard to tell, shay. Your period might be late and if it's not usually late, you might be changing patterns; it does happen. But to be sure, you could take a home pregnancy test in 3-5 days and see the results.


Meaka 2 years ago

My Periods Are The Norm(28-30days) .I Had A Norm Period June26 I Was Suppose To Come On The 24th Of July But Didn't Instead I Came On The 2nd Of Aug It Was Normal To Me So If That Was A Norm My Next Was To Come On The 30th Of Aug But 2days Before On The 28th Of Aug I Thought Was The Start Of An Early Period But Not...It Started Out Black The First Day The Next Day I Saw Blood But It Only Was For Less Then 15mins Then Stopped And Went To the Brown Stuff As If I Was Off My Period.When I Usually Have My Periods I Cramp Badly And Bleed Heavy And Have Sore Breast Whith The Cramping Pain Be Unbearable But With What I Had On The 28th None Of What I Usually Have...It Is Now The 7th Of Sept Still Haven't Had Anymore Bleeding Could That Have Been Implantation And Could I Be Pregnant?


Meaka 2 years ago

I Forgot To Add My Periods Usually Last For 5 Or 6 Days


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NathaNater 2 years ago Author

It could be implantation bleeding, Meaka, because of the color and timing of it, and that it was spotting, plus you are not experiencing your usual symptoms. You could take a home pregnancy test to make sure.


Jessica 2 years ago

my periods have been regular for the past years. me and my fiancé have been ttc for 3mo now. and I was supposed to get my period September 2 but instead I started "spotting" (Brown discharge needing a panty liner) on aug 28th. it's now September 8th and I still have light brown discharge. I'm also very tired. I was going to wait until closer to the end of the month to test. could I be pregnant and could this be implantation bleeding. I have mild cramps on 1 side. please help!!!


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NathaNater 2 years ago Author

Hi, Jessica. That sounds like implantation bleeding, since your period is so late and your spotting brown, and you are showing other signs like fatigue and light cramps. The only way to know is to take the pregnancy test. I certainly hope that you test positive and a big congratulations are in order if you do!


Annette 2 years ago

I was suppose to start my period on the 2nd I put a tampon on that inside and it came out like brownish dark then later that day it was pink spotting for about four days but no blodd just pink, I didn't even have to wear pads or pantyliner, when I wiped it was pink then on the tourth day I wiped inside with toilet paper and it was dark brown , anything wrong with me, I took a preg test thur last week and its negative.


Riyah 2 years ago

Hi, I have a normal period that comes every month on the 16th and last 5-6 days with a heavy flow. My last normal period was July 16th but on August 10th, which is 6 days earlier than my normal period, I had a very light period in which I bled super light for the first 3 days but the night of the 3rd day it was brown until that next morning then it was nothing. Now its September 8th and I had white creamy lotion type discharge and went to urinate and had one small drop of blood in the toilet. I put a pad on at 3pm,went to class,got home and checked my pad at around 7pm and it was a quarter shaped amount of dark blood in the pad but was very light pink only when I wiped so I decided to have sex with my bf. After we finished it was still super light pink right after intercourse but about an hour later it was a bit more quantity of blood that appeared to be bright red in color in the new pad I put on. I have mild cramping and backaches but not as bad as usual during my period. What could this be? Pls help!


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NathaNater 2 years ago Author

Annette, you might have taken the pregnancy test too early, it should be taken at least 3 days after spotting. Also, it should be taken first thing in the morning before you've had anything to eat or drink, to be more accurate.

Riyah, that sounds a lot like spotting, especially the creamy discharge which tends to happen with implantation bleeding, as well as the light bleeding and pink and brown discharge. Light cramping is also a sign of implantation bleeding. It is also timed like implantation bleeding, close to a week before you normal period. The best thing to do would be to take a home pregnancy test and check the results.


kesny 2 years ago

hi Kesny here, i had my period on the 5th august but today on the 9th septemper,i started seeing this light brownish spotting on my pantyliner which started at 9 o'clock this morning,could this be implantation?


Riyah 2 years ago

Hey this is Riyah again. I'm not too sure that was spotting because now I'm cramping a bit more and backaches. Now I have more bleeding,filling about half the pad,but I also have clots now in the toilet when I urine and also small clots and blood when I wipe. Could it be an early miscarriage or just my period? Could it be my hormones changing? Doc pls help I'm so confused right now even though I had what u said could be spotting. Pls review my last comment I posted earlier today and changes now to determine what really might be going on with me. Pls!


edith 2 years ago

I started my period on September 5 for 1 day n half it was very light n then for the next 2 days it was brown what does that mean


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NathaNater 2 years ago Author

Riyah, the best course of action is to be seen by a doctor. I hope that you will see a doctor as soon as possible. Warm regards.


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NathaNater 2 years ago Author

Kesny, that is very hard to tell. Some spotting after menstrual cycle could be many things, only one possibility is implantation bleeding; could be hormonal changes, for instance. An option would be to take a home pregnancy test in a few days.

Edith: Could be normal period, very hard to tell. You could take home pregnancy test.


Riyah 2 years ago

Riyah: ok thank you so much I will take your advice and see a doctor asap but now its 2 days later and I feel nothing,no cramping, no backaches but is still bleeding, not as much, but its still small clots that drop in my urine when I pee. I put a tampon on, as I would on my normal period, and there are only a few little bitty clots when I wipe and my blood doesn't smell like blood its kinda actually a fresher scent but its like a clear watery but stretchy blood . So what do u think? I'm just asking for your thoughts and opinion about what COULD BE happening but I'm currently waiting for my doctors appointment next week.


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NathaNater 2 years ago Author

I am very glad that you will be seeing a doctor, Riyah. I should say that the article and comments here are purely informational, and it is best to see a doctor.

What you have described sounds like a possible early miscarriage; the backache and cramping, the blood clots, the bleeding after spotting, passing mucus, etc. However, showing these signs does not always mean a miscarriage; best way to find out is to be seen by a doctor.


Riyah 2 years ago

Riyah: ok I will indeed do that at let you know what is happening. Thank you so much


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NathaNater 2 years ago Author

No problem, Riyah. Hope all goes well. Take care.


bella 2 years ago

Hi im a little confused if im having my period or implantation. My period is usually 31 days but I got it 4 days earlier and my period is usually very light I don't really have a heavy flow I have had sex 14 days ago which is my ovulation days. But im unsure if its implantation or my period... the blood has been all different colours.


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NathaNater 2 years ago Author

Hi, bella. That's a bit hard to tell. It isn't unusual for patterns to change in someone's menstrual cycle at some point. Since the colors have changed, it could be implantation bleeding, especially since it started earlier than your normal period; if there is implantation bleeding, usually it happens about a week before a normal period would have started. And the bleeding started around the right amount of time after conception might have happened, though a little later than is usual. You could take a home pregnancy test to make sure; it is best to take it within about 3-4 days after you've seen signs that you think could be implantation bleeding.


LindseyC84 2 years ago

Hi. I am on my first round of clomid. My cycle started on August 14th. I am currently on cycle day 29. My periods have been irregular (27-35 days) as I have PCOS. I am taking a B6 compound, metformin, and just finished a 10 day round of progesterone last evening. Last Friday, I had cramping on my left side - felt like a twisting, pulling sensation. I still have a dull ache in the same area. I started to spot a little brown two days ago. Yesterday, it continued, with a one-time red bleed when I wiped. It has gone back to a mucus like brown, lightly. We had a miscarriage in April and I'm way freaked out about it happening again. Is this implantation bleeding, or should I be more concerned? The dull ache/crampy feeling is right in the juncture of my pelvis and leg.


nicoleLL 2 years ago

Hello! I have been having brown to Pink/Salmon color discharge. Sunday Is when i first saw drown discharge and Monday I had one episode of pink spotting. Now since Wednesday it seems like the discharge is continuous all day. Is this related to implantation?


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NathaNater 2 years ago Author

Hi, Nicole. Implantation bleeding can be pink and/or brown, and can change color like that. It can last a few days like that too, can last longer in a few cases. But it is hard to tell if all of that is implantation bleeding, it depends on various factors, if it started a week or so before your normal period or if you are just having hormonal changes and changes in the pattern of your cycle, for instance. Since it's been more than 3 days since you've seen spotting, you could take the home pregnancy test and get, most likely, accurate results. Home pregnancy tests are most accurate when taken first thing in the morning before you've had anything to eat or drink.

Lindsey: Spotting accompanied by that kind of cramping can be a sign of something serious. Considering you are taking some prescriptions too, it is best to be seen by a doctor.


LindseyC84 2 years ago

Thank you


nicoleLL 2 years ago

Thank you! I did take a HPT on 08/28 & 08/29 and also my missed day 9/1 and all came back as positive. Because of these sypthoms I have also taken two additional ones to be insured nothing bad has happened.

The reason for taking a HPT so early was I felt different and we were trying to conceive.

I'm just worried about these sypthoms but every time I call the OB office they tell me anything other then bright red is normal. So im not sure if this is from implantation, normal hormones, or an infection.


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NathaNater 2 years ago Author

Nicole, it is good to keep in contact with your doctor's office, because they've seen you and can continue to see you. Sounds like everything is normal. Warm regards.

Lindsey. No problem. Hope all goes well. Take care.


bella 2 years ago

Its bella again

So the spotting lasted Until friday which was 5 days long which is normal but the discharge for the last two days was browish that night I had this weird burning sensation in my lower belly. yesterday I was so tired I had to have a nap, and the same burning sensation happened last night. These past 5 days I have been having headaches, all day long sore back, sneezing a lot sore throat ,aches/ pains in my arms and legs. Are these all signs of pregnancy?


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Hi, bella. Those are lesser known signs of pregnancy, but they do show up in women who are pregnant.


CarmenO 2 years ago

Hello! Thank you for this article. It's very clear and informative. I would love your opinion if that's okay. I switched birth control last month (to Nuvaring from the pill, both of which I've been on before). I am used to a moderate to heavy flow during my period with dizziness, cramping and a backache starting the day before my period, lasting through the first two or three days and my period typically lasts about 7 days, being pretty heavy the first three days. So, this month I got my period and it was super light. It lasted 6 days but never got heavy enough to really need a regular pad. By day 4 I was using panty liners because I realized it just wasn't going to get heavy enough to keep using regular pads.

On top of that, I had zero cramping and very little dizziness that only lasted two days. I still had the backache though, and that persisted through the whole "period." But my symptoms and bleeding were so little overall that I almost didn't even feel like I was having a period. I've also been very tired the last few days. I broke down and took an hour nap a couple days ago because I just couldn't stay awake and I almost never take naps. But I'm not sure if that isn't just from chasing my 15-month old around (he's finally learned to run). Anyway, I've had pregnancy scares before so I'm trying to keep calm and level about this. I don't want to freak myself or my husband out because if I'm pregnant it would be #3 and we're not ready! I never had implantation bleeding with my first two, which is why I'm confused and wondering.

However, based on all of that, would you recommend a pregnancy test anyway? I'd just really appreciate an outsiders opinion. (I also have my yearly OB/GYN visit at the end of the month so if nothing else I can talk to her then). Thanks so much. :)


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NathaNater 2 years ago Author

Hi, Carmen. I'm glad you stopped by.

It sounds like the lighter bleeding started around the time when your normal period usually happens, though implantation bleeding often occurs a bit before the time of your normal period, it can occur at the time of your normal period. Fatigue is a symptom of possible pregnancy and the bleeding is lighter like it could be implantation bleeding. So, you could take a home pregnancy test to be sure.


April 2 years ago

Hi my name is April,my cycles are the norm 28-30 days,My periods last up to 7 days...I had a norm period on the 2nd of aug,I was suppose to come on the 30th of aug but on the 28th of aug 2 days before the 30th i had the start of what i thought was a period,but not.It started out blackish on the first day,on the second day i saw blood but only for about 30 mins(It was a dark red no clots)then it went to the brown stuff as if i was off my period up until the 3rd of sept.Usually with my norm periods i bleed very heavy with huge clots,Unbearable cramps(i would have to go to the hospital for something stronger to help cramp)and sore breast,I had none of that with what i had on the 28th,now its the 23rd of sept and haven't had any bleeding since then....Could that have been implantation and could i be pregnant?


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NathaNater 2 years ago Author

Hi, April. That could be implantation bleeding because it's darker and occurred before your normal period would have started, plus was lighter flow. A way to be more certain would be to take a home pregnancy test.


hareem 19 2 years ago

hi . i have brownish color discharge from last 8 days...... my periods are irregular . now i m using metformin and folitab . in july my date was 5th july, next period came on 15 august and this month i was expecting 25th but on 16th there was brownish color discharge... only spotting... feeling very tired from last 4 days... backache also.. and today having headache... i tested on 19th but was neg.... and today also checked but still neg... what's happening with me.......???????????


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NathaNater 2 years ago Author

It is difficult to tell, Hareem. It sounds like implantation bleeding because it was brown and came along about a week before you were expecting your period and you are showing signs of possible pregnancy, like fatigue. It is possible, though rare, for a pregnancy test to be inaccurate. For best results, you should take it in the morning before you've had anything to drink.

You also might want to see a doctor. A doctor who actually sees you is better able to tell what's going on, and maybe will order tests to find out.


hareem 19 2 years ago

i think now i should check after one week...... right???.... but i can't wait till 7 days.... want to see 2 lines in test strip sooooonnnnnnn......


hareem 19 2 years ago

i'll check on 27th , the second day of my due date


Summer12 2 years ago

The first date of my last period was august 27th and my period lasted 2 days. I had unprotected sex between 5-15th sep and a few days after had what I thought was the start of a period but was a very dark brown/red discharge. I've been feeling sick most nights, with bad headaches. I've done 2 pregnancy tests, both back negative. But I'm not sure where to go now. Could I be pregnant?


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Implantation would show up 6-12 after conception, so if you were pregnant it would unlikely be due to that time from Sept 5-15, if spotting occurred just a few days after it. However, dark brown and red discharge is a sign of implantation bleeding and it sounds like you might be having other symptoms of pregnancy. The pregnancy test is best taken at least 3-4 days after you are showing signs of implantation bleeding. It is accurate most of the time but can be accurate if you've drunk too much water which will dilute your urine and the test might not read correctly. You could see a doctor and possibly take a blood test, which are even more accurate than home pregnancy tests. However, brown spotting does occur before a regular period, often depending on age, but also can be due to medical concerns. So, it is advisable to visit a doctor to rule out any medical issues.


nita 2 years ago

Hi everyone! My last period was august 30 and my cycle length is 32 days. I had unpotected sex September 17 and 19. Maybe three days later I had a single spot of blood in my undies. My period is scheduled to come on today (09-30) well beginning the 27th of September I starting to notice really light spotting off and on not to heavy to have to wear a pad. I've done my research on implantation bleeding and strongly believe that's whats taking place! My boobs have been very sensitive also, I mean normally when I start my period my boobs go back to normal? I'm nervous about taking a pregnancy test. I decided I'll wait a week and see if anything changes? What do you guys think?


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NathaNater 2 years ago Author

It does sound like implantation bleeding; it started a few days before your normal period and you are showing other signs too. That it happened at least 6 days after possible conception also makes it look like it could be implantation bleeding.


Jessica 2 years ago

Me and my fiance have been ttc. I have been experiencing breast tenderness, frequent urination, some nausea, some acid reflux, bloating, slight cramping, frequent tiredness and vivid dreams. Im supposed to start my period on today. I tested with an at home test two days ago and it came up negative. I started spotting a pink/ brownish flow yesterday and am still doing so today. Its only noticeable when I wipe. Could this be implantation bleeding? If so when should I test again. Im still experiencing the same symptoms too.


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NathaNater 2 years ago Author

Hi, Jessica. It could be implantation bleeding considering the color and your other symptoms, though it's occurring close to your normal period and implantation bleeding tends to occur around a week before your normal period; it is best to take the pregnancy test 3-4 days after signs of possible implantation bleeding for accurate results, so testing in a couple more days could give you an accurate result.


Morrigan Maddox 2 years ago

So I had unprotected sex at the beginning of September while I was on my period on the 6th. My cycle is anywhere from 30-35 days so I would have been due for Aunt Flo on the 3rd of October. Instead, I started to have this brown and red discharge that started on the 30th of September and hasn't stopped since. Could this be implantation bleeding?


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NathaNater 2 years ago Author

It could be Morrigan because of the color of it and because it started before your normal period. You could take a home pregnancy test to find out.


Anita 2 years ago

My menstrual cycle is very irregular, exact dates are : 25 feb, 30 march, 25 may, 11 july, 2 sept. Few days back (do not remember the exact date) around 20 Sept. and on 4th Oct. my husband and I had unprotected sex as I am ttc. On 5th Oct. night I saw 2-3 drops of brown blood and thought may be I got my periods as I was also having similar lower abdomen cramps as during my periods. But since 6thOct (yesterday) I am having very light bleeding (dark brown color which generally comes on my 4-5th day) and occasionaly dark brown gel like thing (similar to the normal white discharge). Is it the implementation bleeding or could be something else also, because genrally I am very irregular with my periods. Also is it possible to get pregnant just after first time?


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NathaNater 2 years ago Author

Hi, Anita. That could be implantation bleeding since your periods are irregular so the timing might be right for showing possible implantation bleeding, in addition to it occurring more than 6 days after possible conception, and it is light spotting of a brownish color. And it is possible to conceive the first time.

You could take a home pregnancy test to be sure or see if your doctor wants to run any tests.


Anita 2 years ago

Dear Author, Thank you for your quick reply. I am a bit uncomfortable to go to my doc at this point of time. But will definitely visit him as soon as it stops. Also I had nausea and vomiting feeling (for the first time in my life) around 25th Oct, that time I thought it might be because of something I ate unhealty. I am not sure if pregnancy symptoms show up that early! Sorry for the spelling mistakes in my last comment, since last few days I feel most of the time dizzy und unable to concentrate on my anything. :( But I really appreciate your efforts in helping people out. Thank you!


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No problem, Anita. Glad you stopped by.


ozlo 2 years ago

Hi I have irregular periods, very painful and heavy to the point I could use over half a pack or pads per day. For the past 5-6 days I've had very light bleeding no clots at all pinky reddish in colour, lower backache and pulling sensation in my lower tummy, I tested this,afternoon whilst still bleeding very light and it was negative!!! What are your thoughts on this??


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NathaNater 2 years ago Author

Hi, ozlo. That sounds like implantation bleeding and also those are possible signs of pregnancy, the lower backache and cramping in lower abdomen. One possibility, though it's rare, is that the pregnancy test was inaccurate. This can happen if you take it later in the day after you've drunk water, etc. which can affect results. Best time to take a home pregnancy test is in the morning before you've had anything to eat or drink. Of course, a doctor can order tests that are even more accurate.


ozlo 2 years ago

Thanks for your prompt reply, do you think I should wait until the bleeding stops to re test?


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Usually the best time to test is the first day of your missed period. It is possible to get a false result from taking the test too early. The test has to be able to read levels of the pregnancy hormone in your system; if taken too early, it might not read the hormone. So it seems it couldn't hurt to wait until the bleeding stops. This would give the body enough time to produce sufficient levels of the pregnancy hormone to be read by the test, if you are pregnant.


ozlo 2 years ago

So the bleeding stopped yesterday, and I did a test this morning negative. It's the second negative I've had not even a faint positive like my last pregnancy. I don't really know why I even thought I might be as my last 2 children where conceived using clomid. But on the other hand I feel pregnant which is weird, still have pulling sensation in my lower tummy, back ache, nausea and got sick this am. But obviously not pregnant if 2 negatives. The bleeding must have been a light period which is strange as I've never had a light period ever.


wechan 2 years ago

Hello...i have my menstruation last oct.2 and have that day intercourse with my fiancé..last oct.21 i have a spotting a pinkish and light brown and turns to dark this is the 3rd day now...what does this mean?please help me...appreciate your response...thank you.


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NathaNater 2 years ago Author

That is hard to tell. Usually implantation bleeding occurs about a week before your normal period and most women don't get pregnant during menstruation. Also, implantation bleeding more often occurs 6-12 days after conception, and your spotting has occurred 19 days afterward. You could take a home pregnancy test to be sure. You might just be having your regular period.


wechan 2 years ago

Thank you so much....i think its too early to have my period..im expectng it on november first week..it is normal that 2x a month to have a period?


Alexis 2 years ago

I've noticed light brown spotting only when I check my cervix since 5dpo... AF is due in 3 days.... Still nothing more, only when I check my cervix....could IB last this long? I never spot like this!


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NathaNater 2 years ago Author

Hi, wechan. That would be unusual for your period to be happening already. However, it is possible in some cases for it to start early, depending on such factors as hormonal changes.

Alexis: That seems too soon after ovulation to be implantation bleeding and kind of close to your your normal period. There can be changes in patterns of your period brought on by different factors including age, contraception, stress, hormonal changes. As for implantation bleeding and how long it can last, it can last anywhere from a few days to a month.


Deea 2 years ago

Hello,

My last period was on 17th october. Cycle Length 27 days and i have regular periods. My next period is on 13 nov.

On 7 nov I began spotting brown-red, pink to brown-pink . My Breast feel heavy and sore. I'm also very tired

Today i m still spotting and i did a test and it was negative. could i be pregnant?


Shenna 2 years ago

I have been bleeding for about a week now light pinkisk it was once brown but went right back to pink I feel a little pain now and then tired at times an feeling like I want to through up


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Hi, Deea. It could mean you're pregnant since the spotting started about a week before when your normal period would start and it has been brown and pink. You are also showing other signs of possibly being pregnant, like being tired. You might want to take the pregnancy test because it should be taken at least 3 days after spotting shows.

Shenna. You could take a pregnancy test, because those are possible signs of pregnancy.


queencee 2 years ago

My last period was Oct 9-15. I had unprotected sex everyday since. November 3&4 my boyfriend came inside of me. Now its November 12 and I'm seeing a somewhat light blood flow. Bright red in Colorado with shades of brown.what does this mean?


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NathaNater 2 years ago Author

Implantation bleeding usually takes about 6-12 days to occur after conception, so it's possible that you're pregnant if you're spotting light with some brown. Though, implantation bleeding is rarely bright red. You could take a home pregnancy test to be sure.


Ragini 2 years ago

Hi, I had light spotting, actually my period should come two days ago and pregnancy test is negative, there is light cramping, what that mean?


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NathaNater 2 years ago Author

Usually implantation bleeding occurs before the time your normal period would occur, although it can occur right around the time as your normal period. Also, the pregnancy test is more accurate if you take it at least 3 days after spotting started. And you are cramping, which is a possible sign of pregnancy. You could take the pregnancy test again in a couple days to find out what the results are.


Ragini 2 years ago

Thanks a lot Sir, I will update the result after 3 days.


Ragini 2 years ago

I forgot to say, my cervical mucus is smelling bad.


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NathaNater 2 years ago Author

The mucus might smell unpleasant due to intercourse, the mixture of fluids. Sometimes it is a yeast infection. If it persists, you might want to see a doctor. Though this is hard to tell, because it is normal to have a scent that can even be stronger smelling to you than anyone else.


Ragini 2 years ago

Hi Sir, today morning I have checked and got negative result, is still I am a pregnant? I am feeling fatigue, more hungry, headache and also I am experiencing raise i temperature. My period should come by 11th, but just spotting I have found on 15th with cramping. What might be the reason behind it.


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Hi, Ragini. Some things can cause a false result from the pregnancy test. For instance, if you drink a lot of water before the test. This is why it is best to take the test first thing in the morning before you've had anything to eat or drink. Also, the change in your period could be a hormonal change or a natural change occurring with age.

Since you are showing other signs of possibly being pregnancy, you might want to see a doctor. A doctor can order tests that are more accurate than a home pregnancy. For instance, a blood test is more accurate and will detect pregnancy earlier than a home pregnancy test.


Ragini 2 years ago

I have taken test morning without taking any food or water and also I am 26yrs old. This my first pregnancy, how much time it will take to increase the levels of hcg in urine after implantation? After 10 days can I get a positive home pregnancy test? Should I wait till 10 days?


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NathaNater 2 years ago Author

Hi, Ragini. it takes at least 3 days for hcg to start showing but if the test doesn't detect it, it wouldn't hurt to take it again later. You could wait 10 days. Hcg could show up later.


heavenly 2 years ago

I take femaprin, a fertility drug, I've been taking it about four months. So the first two months my periods were regular, then I missed a period, neg prego test, and then this month I had spotting, so light it was hard to tell, then it got heavy for about a half hour and then super light for about 5 days all together, I have always had super heavy periods, so this is extremely weird, and the spotting was Brown to dark brown. No red. This was about a week before my period should start, I have not took another test yet, any thoughs??


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NathaNater 2 years ago Author

That sounds like it could be implantation bleeding because of the timing (a week before your normal period), the color (darker, no red) and because it's a very light flow. Also, since the pattern of your period has changed, and the flow is on and off, this can be a sign of implantation bleeding.


Heavenly 2 years ago

I took a first response test this morning, it was negative, my books don't hurt but I feel nausea just no throwing up and it hits me all times of the day.. I just don't wanna get false hopes.


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NathaNater 2 years ago Author

It is hard to tell, because sometimes there can just be a change in the pattern of the menstrual cycle, though darker spotting often indicates implantation. A blood test is more accurate than a home pregnancy test.


shereehuerta 2 years ago

Hello i am a lil worried i found out i was pregnant way to eary at one week my period was on 11/2/14 and a positive test came out on 11/20/14 ive bn having brown spottong since 11/14/14 and it hasn't stoped today its da 11/25/14 .. dr have bn checking my hcg to make sure its not a chemical preg... thanks


christinerobert 2 years ago

Hi i first off wanted to say thst this site is very helpful and informative, thank you.

Im going to try to make this very easy to understand. I have always had my period every 28 days regularly never any changes. Last month i had a regular period but then 10 days later i started spotting dark brown 1st day and then bright red bleeding with blood clots on second day with light cramps i went to consult on that wednesday (bloodwork was fine with neg pregnancy) that following friday i was getting an ultrasound done for an ovarian cyst i've had for awhile (great coincidence it fell on the same week) anyhow cyst is stable and doc said to not be concerned with spotting/bleeding that sometimes it happens, either way bleeding stopped for a few days and i got my regular period on november 6 lasted 5 days, now november 23 i started spotting again and i'm thinking here we go again! dark brown to very light pink, only when i wipe this time no clots and no blood well not enough to wear a pad its been 4 days, i took a pregnancy test today (not morning urine) and neg. I"m confused, could of last month been an early miscarriage not detected through blood? Am i having implantation bleeding? Or is this the new me where i just sporadically spot in between cycles? I'm 34 years old early menopause (god no!!!) I should get my period on december 4. Any insights doc?!?


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NathaNater 2 years ago Author

Shereen, it sounds like your doctor is taking care of things; it's good that you have a doctor looking after your care in this matter.

Hi, Christine. It does not sound like a chemical pregnancy, or very early miscarriage, because you hadn't tested positive for pregnancy and in those cases there's not usually much in terms of other signs. In miscarriages that occur when someone is father along there is often bleeding with clots, but then the woman would eventually expel a lot more material.

However, changes do occur in a woman's menstrual cycle, with age, and it's not too uncommon for a woman to spot and then have a heavier flow during a normal menstrual cycle.

But it sounds like your doctor knows what's happening; the doctor is in contact with you and knows what is happening directly.


Madeline 2 years ago

My period ended on 11/21/14 and then had sex the next day. My partner pulled out but I am still very concerned. Five days after having sex, I bled for one day and ended..


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NathaNater 2 years ago Author

Usually implantation bleeding occurs about 6-12 after conception, so it doesn't seem like that is implantation bleeding. Also, it will usually occur around a week before your normal period, and the bleeding you described occurred way before your normal period. In addition, usually ovulation doesn't occur until around 12 days after a period. However, you could take a home pregnancy test in a couple days to be sure.


September 2 years ago

October the 8th is when i last say my period i had a pregnancy taste done December the 1st but it came back negative 2 days before that i noticed a lil darker urine like blood in my urine and no period still but still spotting i started placing pads to keep track not really sure what spotting mean all i know is there is little to nothing on the pads maybe a drip on them and I've been cramping like my period on i do the pregnancy calculator but last day of cycle and it says im 7 to 8 months im scared and don't know what to do because i don't know what's wrong


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NathaNater 2 years ago Author

Hi, September. That is something you should really see a doctor about. Sounds like you have missed a period and you have dark spotting but your pregnancy test is still negative. A doctor can order tests to see what is happening with you.


Nissi 2 years ago

hi i had my period on the 10th nov an was bleeding light pinkish on the 1st & 2nd and my period isn't due until the 8th i've never had bleeding before my period is due i've also so had light cramping feeling/presure feeling also a few days ago i was feeling nausea but wasn't sick could it be inplantation bleeding????? Thanks


Nissi 2 years ago

Sorry i forgot to put that it was the 1st & 2nd of december that i started the light pinkish bleeding Thanks


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NathaNater 2 years ago Author

Light pinkish bleeding about a week before your normal period could be an indication of implantation bleeding. You could take a home pregnancy test to make sure.


Mell 2 years ago

Hi there i got my period on 11/11/14 and on the 2/12/14 & 3/12/14 i got light pinkish bleeding not enuf for a panty liner am only when i wiped i've had nausea/light cramping/ a bit of tiredness & bad acid rushes my period is t due until the 9/12/14 This has never happened to me before please help!!?? Thank you


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NathaNater 2 years ago Author

Hi, Mell. That sounds like implantation bleeding because it's light and happened around a week before your normal period, and you're having cramping and fatigue. You could take a home pregnancy test to be sure.


good_nutrition71 23 months ago

hi,

i am on my "menses" since 27 midnight, the flow was bit heavy for 2 days but very thin in consistency. today its been 5 days i still have some spotting.. the blood is sometimes pink, sometimes brown and red sometimes!!!

took a pregnancy test today which showed up negative...

any one having any idea watz wrong with me??

thank u..


baby6 23 months ago

Hi I have a question I got my period November 30. this month December I had started spotting on the 27th and it was the pink brown then turned to a watery brown I had it for five days. This would be my second prenancy and I've never had spotting I took a test on Dec 31 and again on the 2 and of January but both negative what do u think?


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NathaNater 23 months ago Author

Hi, good_nutrition71. Since you are having brown spotting, which often indicates implantation bleeding because the blood is not fresh, but had a bit of a heavy flow, that can be a sign of ectopic pregnancy which means the egg implanted in the wrong place, not the uterus. Still, you might just be having a regular period which can change patterns. Best thing to do is consult a doctor.

baby6: A watery brown discharge is sometimes an indication of ectopic pregnancy which I explained above. Sometimes it's hormonal changes and a regular pregnancy. As stated, it is wise to consult a doctor. It is also best to take the pregnancy test in the morning before you've had anything to drink.

Some amount of brown discharge is normal, it is often a mixture of blood and lighter colored discharge and is fairly common.


Rose 23 months ago

Hi, i started my period December 15th and it ended on the 19th. My husband and i were ttc on on December 21st. I have taken an ovulation kit for awhile now and since my period is regular the ovulation test always turns positive every month on the 27th and 28th. Anyway, on the 28th i started to get this light pinkish mixed with light blood discharge for like 3 to 4 days. I have never gotten this before. Its so light that i will see it when i wipe. My period should be coming this january 15th but i want to know if that was implantation bleeding that i experienced? This all happened 2wks after my period and 2wks till my next period :/


Rose 23 months ago

With my last comment. My husband and i were ttc on December 21st and then again on December 23 till December 28th. Just confused if it was implantation bleeding that i experienced. There was no pain at all and was a pinkish reddish brownish colour.


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NathaNater 23 months ago Author

Hi, Rose. That sounds like it could be implantation bleeding because of its color and that it's light. But the timing seems off for it to be implantation bleeding; usually it occurs within a week, more or less, before your period. For it to occur two weeks prior to your normal period makes it unlikely that it's implantation bleeding.


Sarah 22 months ago

Hi, I started bleeding (spotting) on wednesday morning 1/21/15 I have never went through spotting before, I am on birth control and my period is not supposed to start until 2 weeks from wednesday 1/21/15 today is Saturday 1/24/15 and I'm still bleeding, I'm not sure what's going on, can someone please help me out. I am not feeling any symptoms of pregnancy or my period not even cramping.


Stella 22 months ago

My period was late for two days and when it came it was very light in colour.pinkish if I wiped.it lasted for two days and the second day,it was a dark red I saw on my underwear.pls what could this mean?


Savanna 21 months ago

Hi on yesterday Feb 21 2015 I went the restroom afterward I wiped and saw blood I left where I was because I thought my cycle started the next morning I wiped again nothing was there Feb 22 2015 could this be implantation bleeding because my cycle is not due until Feb 26 2015


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NathaNater 21 months ago Author

Hi, Savanna. That could be implantation bleeding because it occurred close to a week before your normal period, especially if it was pink or brown and fairly light bleeding. You could take a home pregnancy test within a few days to see if it comes out positive.


lucy 21 months ago

I had done pragnancy test it was positve but the next day i had my period and it last only 2 days and had more urine at night.Im confuse do i need to take pragnancy test again


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NathaNater 21 months ago Author

Hi, Lucy. If you test positive and then have your period, this can be a sign of a chemical pregnancy; which means that the egg did not implant. You could take another pregnancy test; if it shows up negative, you might have had a chemical pregnancy. If it comes up positive, it is a good idea to see a doctor and see why you were bleeding after the pregnancy test came out positive. It is not always something unusual, but it's good to consult a doctor in such cases.


sarah 21 months ago

Hi! I was a few days late for my period then I got brown discharge with light red only when I wiped but not every time. Now I'm 7 days late and still brown discharge and now a light spotting on my liner. What could this mean?


Kenzie 21 months ago

Implantation bleeding for 4 months and no other signs?


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NathaNater 21 months ago Author

Hi, Sarah. That could be implantation bleeding because of the color of the spotting and because your period is late. You could take a home pregnancy test and find out if it comes out positive.


Beckii 21 months ago

Hi, I was on depo injection, didn't go for my new shot, as I was due for it on 22nd January.... So obv 2 weeks for it stay in my system makes it around 5th feb...

I came on 26th -29th January then again 17th-21st feb

So that would make me due on again around 11th of March ( I ave a period tracker to help me know...

Well 4th March, I had some cramping in my lower belly, then I needed toilet, there was like brown discharge with tints of blood, by 2nd day it's was more browny red then stopped and then started again on 3rd day it's dark....

But on 2nd day I went dizzy, hot and very hungry... 3rd day I'm just fine but thinking I need toilet constantly like I'm leaking :/ but im not...

What could this mean?? Friend are saying it could be implantation bleeding, but I'm not believing as iv been on depo for years, didn't think this could happen this quick?

Any advice? Thanks


Anna 21 months ago

My period is 9 days late today I startet bleeding dark red at first then it turn lighter I have light cramping. I got sore gums a week before. I am very sleepy during the day. I can sleep very good at night.m


Anna 21 months ago

And I am also very hungry a got very hot. And I have to go to the toilet very often please tell what's wrong..


Alex 21 months ago

I had unprotected sex on the 1,2,& 3rd of mar. I ovulated on the 9th of mar. I am currently experiencing some light bleeding. It started on the 15th of March which is exactly 6 days after I ovulated. It started off with a scanty brown spot & then turned into pink (light) discharge & then to a dark brown/red (light) discharge, right now it is very very light as if it might end today. Could I be pregnant?


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NathaNater 21 months ago Author

Alex, it is possible you are having implantation bleeding because of the color and light flow and timing of the spotting. You could take a home pregnancy test at this point to find out the results.


Missdea 20 months ago

My period comes exactly ever 21days I had sex on my first day of fertile days my period started on day 22 it was very light only when I wipe. On day 2 im bleeding, but its not flowing as heavy as it usually does it also dark red with little clots, but just slight cramps. My normal cycles come straight on flowing heavy with cramps a week before and the first two days cramps not this time should I be worried or is it my cycle doing sonething different this month


Becky 18 months ago

I've always had fairly regular, heavy periods, and I have never missed a period before. My last period was on 4/18; my husband and I were intimate on 4/24 and 4/26. My period was projected to start on 5/13, but as of today 5/21 it has not started. I experienced no PMS symptoms and spotted very lightly (pinkish-brown with clear discharge) on 5/11, then it stopped. I spotted again very lightly (same pinkish-brown with clear discharge) on 5/14, then I began spotting again, from 5/16 until today, 5/21. During this time, it has varied from non-existent to only appearing when I wipe and is always pinkish-brown or brown. I've experienced extreme exhaustion, very mild cramping and minor/occasional queasiness. I've taken three at home pregnancy tests; one on 5/17, another on 5/18 and another on 5/19. All have been negative. Is it possible that I am, in fact, pregnant, or could this be a "fluke" period? I've never experienced anything like this before; I'm at a loss.


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NathaNater 18 months ago Author

It's a little hard to tell, Becky. Patterns of periods do change over time, but those are also symptoms of possible implantation bleeding. If the timing is too soon on the pregnancy test, or you've drank too much water prior to the test, the results could be wrong. You could take the test again, first thing in the morning before you've had any water or breakfast, and see what the results are. You could also consult a doctor who can run more accurate tests, like a blood test.


elizabeth 18 months ago

Hello I had my tubes tied five years ago. I was suppose to start my period April 28 th. It never came. I had one morning I wiped and got just a tiny bit of pink. And then yesterday it was light brown spotting. Is there a chance I could be pregnant even though I had my tubes tied.


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NathaNater 18 months ago Author

Hi, Elizabeth. Although it is unlikely that you could get pregnant after having your tubes tied, it is still possible.


lottie 18 months ago

Hi I am trying for a baby my cycles vary from 28-30 days I am currently on day cd32 n have had symptoms of pregnancy I had a urine test t doctors yesterday which was negative then in the afternoon I went to the toilet and had dark brown bloody in my pants, it has gone from dark brown to pink/red in colour and has been very light only a little in my knickers but a fair bit when I go to wee and wipe myself (sorry tmi) it has almost stopped now not even 24 hours after the brown colour started so I am really confused? I also have lower dull backache but not really getting cramps, I usually get cramps with period and as soon as it starts it is bright red and heavy never experienced this before, Could I be pregnant? Very confused!


lisa 16 months ago

Does implantation bleeding look like cervical discharge in blood? I had sex on 6th of july after which I had taken emergency contraceptive pill and my periods are due on 24th july.. I'm getting bloody cervical discharge, its been 4days.


Kerry 16 months ago

Ive been trying for a baby i come on late and then i starded spotting on one day that night i was up in pain with my lower back and belly then the next day a bit lighter then today nothing and im usually on for 5 days wjat could thos be


Callee 16 months ago

Hi i my last regular period was in may and in june it was late but i had like really very light brown for like a hour and then just stopped and then in july it came late and the same thing happened and here it is end of july?? What could it be


Kaylee9294 16 months ago

Hi my last regular period was in may and then in june i had this very light brown stuff for like a hour n then just stopped and in july this month same thing happened and both time i was late i havent had a regular period since may n its 2 days away from august what could this mean


T.Thomas11 16 months ago

My Last Period Started June 30 And I Be On My Period For 7Days But That Time I Was On Til July 8th Then I Bled Light Pink On The 13th Thought I Was Pregnant Cause I Was Very Gassy And Using My Bowels Alot But Took A Test It Was Negative .......I've Been Sexually Active Unprotected And Today Makes My Period 2 Days Late And Yesterday I Spotted It Was Light Pinkish And I'm Cramping On And Off I Just Been Very Hungry And Just Want To lay Down My Head Was Hurting So Bad Yesterday Tears Went Falling Down My Face I Felt Sick Wanting To Vomit Whats going On Am I Prego?.


December 16 months ago

I have pretty irregular periods to start out ranging between 25-34 days. I've seen a naturopath because my husband and I have been ttc for about 1 year now. The naturopath prescribed a prenatal vitamin (multis before) with something called vitex to regulate my periods. My last period started on July 9 - and we've been having regular intercourse all month. On August 2 I started spotting so I assumed it was the first day of my period even though it came quite early (24 days) but who can tell with my irregular periods. But for the past two days I've had what I consider the lightest period I've ever had mixed with exhaustion and slight nausea (which could be prenatals or vitex). The color of the blood is a dark pink - not the vibrant red I can get on my period and its very on/off. Will be there sometimes when I use the bathroom or none at all. Took a pregnancy test this morning August 4 plus I am still spotting intermittently. The test was negative...any advice?


Jackie 15 months ago

Hi, I finished my pack of contraceptives on the 19th July, had a normal period 24th July, then from 7th August started trying to conceive with no protection. A week or so after this started getting heartburn and feeling sick with it and noticed I was urinating a lot. On the 20th August (day before period due) had slight cramping, presumed sign period was coming. On the 21st August (day period due) no period! Next day (22nd August) still no period, that evening had sex with partner noticed bleeding (spotting maybe) was pinkish/maybe light red. Presumed this was period, woke up next day (23rd August) no blood, then at about 4pm that day started bleeding (pinkish/maybe light red) bleeding lighter than my normal period (heavy-flow) and my normal period usually comes with severe cramping where this 'period' have slight cramping. After 3 days the colour of the bleeding went from pinkish/light reddish to dark brown then back to a reddish colour but much lighter now. This period defo feels different to my normal periods and my stomach feels bloated even though it's not as bloated as I usually get when I'm on my period. Could this be inplantation bleeding?


Shemeaka 15 months ago

I only had one shot of depo I was suppose to go back May13th-May27th toget it but I didn't,me and my husband was very active after that...3 months later around the time I would normally start my period i started spotting brown it lasted only 5 days,then 2 later I spotted Brown then the next day it turned brownish red,it was very watery looking with some clots,but it wasn't heavey at all its only there when I wipe... In the past I have used depo before on and off and my periods usually start back right on schedule each time,but not this time. My cycle has always been the norm 29-30 days and is pretty heavy,even the Times I have Been on depo it still remained the same... My breast has gotten bigger,very sore, and are darkening,my stomach is starting to grown and I have the dark line going down beneath my belly button and it has never been there before, could I be pregnant?


Shemeaka 15 months ago

Making a correction to what I said above after the 5days of spotting brown, it was suppose to say 2weeks after that


Ashley 13 months ago

On 10/20/15 around 4:45 in da morning i wake up to warm gush feel light red blood, but it wasn't my period because before it comes down i get real bad cramps. But i also experience warm gush when i find out i was expected my son.


Nadia08 13 months ago

Hi i have a question. I am suppose to start my period this weekend or next week sometime time but i starting spotting saturday morning which was a few drops and then it turned i to a streak the next day and then went to a brownish color later that night. The next day is was red and a little more on my panty liner and later that day it was brown again and it is now wednesday and i am still bleeding its sometimes red and some brown as well. I have been testing in the past four days 4 timwa and they have ALL been negative. So what is going on? Can anyone explain to me please? I do have a little bit of very ligh cramping. But nothing noticable. But have been VERY tired..


8 months ago

My periods just got over on 18 March and and on 28 I saw some spots and from 29 I'm bleeding it's of dark color . what's the reason behind it ?


nicole 8 months ago

I'm having dark brown discharge and dark red blood mixtures. it's early for my period but seems to be too much for spotting. help


vivo 7 months ago

I have had very light spotting after intercourse and when i wipe in the bathroom. this has been continuous for the last 3-4 weeks. I am also having some cramping, fatigue, sensitive nipples and swollen breasts. i took a test about 2 weeks ago but it came back neg. I haven't had an actual period in the last 3 years do to PCOS, i'm 23 years young. Would anyone have a clue what this might be?


Auburn 7 weeks ago

Hello. I had my period October 4th-10th roughly. A few days later I started having brown discharge and stringy dark blood like discharge. Then it increased in to a period like flow but heavier and thicker. I went to a clinic and Found out I was pregnant. My bleeding hAs almost stopped completely now. Is it likely I've miscarried? I haven't had any pain and with my only other pregnancy (he's 4) I didn't have any symptoms during my pregnancy. Any information would be appreciated thank you

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