How Long Does Implantation Bleeding Last? What to Expect?
What to expect during implantation bleeding depends upon the type of implant and your individual situation. If you are having a tubal ligation, there will be no need for any special precautions because the procedure itself will not cause any complications. However, if you are having a hysterectomy or other major surgery, then you may want to take some precautions.
Implantation bleeding can occur at any time after the egg is fertilized. In fact, implantation bleeding usually occurs within 24 hours of ovulation (the release of an egg from the ovary). Some women experience implantation bleeding even before they become pregnant.
For example, some women experience implantation bleeding immediately following unprotected sexual activity, while others do not until several months later.
The most common reason why implantation bleeding occurs is due to a problem with the fallopian tubes. These tubes are part of the endometrium which surrounds the uterus and acts like a protective layer around it. When ovulation happens, these tubes rupture causing blood to leak into the abdomen and surrounding area.
This is what causes most women to notice implantation bleeding. In some cases, it is possible for the bleeding to actually occur in the pelvic cavity which can cause some serious complications.
Does Implantation Bleeding Last 5 Days?
Bleeding between 6-10 days after ovulation is perfectly normal. This is known as implantation bleeding and is a common sign that the fertilized egg has attached itself to the wall of your uterus.
What to Expect during Implantation Bleeding?
Implantation bleeding is very light and may be confused with a light period or other types of vaginal bleeding. The blood itself can be very dark or look more like rust. It should only last for a couple of days and will not be accompanied by severe pain, fever or chills.
The amount of bleeding will vary from woman to woman and it is not possible to predict how much bleeding you will experience. For most women, implantation bleeding is actually so light that they mistake it for their regular period.
What to Do if You Suspect Implantation Bleeding?
There is no reason for you to do anything; however, you should perform a pregnancy test after you miss your period to confirm whether or not you are pregnant. If the test is positive and you have experienced any bleeding at all, then chances are the bleeding was implantation bleeding and that you are indeed pregnant.
Implantation bleeding is perfectly normal, nothing to worry about and is one of the first signs that you are indeed pregnant. Once your pregnancy is confirmed by a doctor, light bleeding should no longer be a problem.
What to Expect During a Miscarriage?
During the first twelve weeks of your pregnancy, it is very common for women to experience what is known as a miscarriage. Unfortunately, many women do not realize they are even pregnant at this time. If you experience bleeding during the first three months and have negative pregnancy test, then you may be having a miscarriage.
The bleeding itself can vary, from light spotting lasting about a day, to actual heavy periods. Most of the time, miscarriages are caused by chromosomal problems with the baby. This means that there are extra or missing chromosomes, which can cause serious medical and developmental problems for the baby.
In some cases, miscarriages are caused by physical issues with the mother such as an issue with the uterus. Most of the time, these issues can be resolved with medical assistance.
Some women experience what is known as a chemical pregnancy. This means that they experience a miscarriage before they even know that they are pregnant. For some women this may be due to a very early miscarriage, while for others it is due to a false positive on their pregnancy test.
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