Implantation bleeding vs period: 5 ways to know the difference.


– So you were waiting to ovulate and then you dragged
yourself through the first, maybe the second week
of the two-week wait, and then suddenly you get some bleeding. And now you’re wondering, am I out or, shimmer of hope, could
this be implantation bleeding? (lively music) Hello lovelies and welcome
to another one of my videos in which we’ll be taking a closer look at implantation bleeding, and how it differs from your period. I mean, not literally thank you very much. If you want a video like
that or a picture like that then definitely search for it online, ’cause there’s plenty
of that stuff available, but this is not that kind of video. A while back I did a video
on implantation symptoms and if you want to check that out then click in the cards up here, and this to date is my most viewed video. However, since then I’m still
getting a lot of questions about a specific implantation symptom and that is implantation bleeding
or implantation spotting. And the biggest question is, how can I tell if it’s
implantation bleeding or if it is my period that has started? And I did talk a little bit
about that in that video, but there’s a lot more
we can say about it, especially seeing the amount of questions you guys are asking me. So, let’s cover that in this video. First of all, can I please remind you that implantation bleeding does
not happen with every woman and not even with every pregnancy. It happens about 1/3. So if you don’t get implantation
bleeding or spotting, that doesn’t mean that you are out, and if you do get spotting or bleeding, again, it doesn’t mean that
it’s implantation bleeding. That’s what we’ll be talking
in this video, right? So the first question I get a lot is what implantation bleeding or spotting looks like color wise. Well, actually that’s not true. I don’t get that question. I get the question, I got
some spotting or bleeding that is pink, red, brown,
purple, green, yellow, orange. Is this implantation bleeding? (laughs) Well, I’m going to leave
the judgment up to you. The thing is it’s actually pretty tricky. It can almost be every
color of the rainbow, not as extreme as I just said, but it can be watery pink. It can be pinkish. It can even be some red. It can be brownish. It can be rusty looking. It can be watery. It can also really look
like cervical mucous that is blood streaked or that has some little red dots in it. The second question I get a lot is, when does implantation
bleeding or spotting happen? And again, the question’s
not usually like that. It’s more like, I’m two
days past ovulation. I’m six days past ovulation. My period was due March 4th
and I’m getting bleeding or spotting or whatever. Could it be implantation bleeding? And again, I’m going to leave it up to you based on this information. So as I explain in that other video, implantation symptoms and
all about implantation, implantation happens about six to 12 days after an egg and sperm have merged, because that happens around ovulation. So, it’s about six to
12 days after ovulation. Because first the egg that has
merged with the sperm needs to travel down the fallopian tube before it can actually get to
the uterus and then implant. So if you start to get
some spotting about six, seven, eight, nine, 10
days after ovulation then it definitely could
be implantation bleeding. However, you need to be
charting to know this, and you know that I
encourage you to do so. But if you don’t chart,
the only way to know if it could possibly be
implantation bleeding is to look at when your period is due. If your period isn’t due for another week, and you have a irregular cycles, and you are getting spotting, then it could possibly
be implantation bleeding or implantation spotting. If it’s anything besides that then I’m sorry, you’re
just going to have to wait to see if that period
becomes full blown or not. At your next cycle, if it shows up, chart. Another tricky thing about the timing of implantation bleeding
is that it can also show up as late as 12 days past
ovulation, as I said. This is about two days
before your period is due. So if you’re used to getting spotting one, or two, or even three
days before your period then it is very difficult
to see the difference between your period showing up or it being implantation
spotting/bleeding. Alright, another clue we can have about whether it’s
implantation bleeding or not is how heavy it is. Implantation bleeding should not be heavy. As I’ve explained, you’ve got the egg and the sperm that merge and
then they travel together, this fertilized egg
down the fallopian tube into the uterus. It needs to implant into the uterine wall or your endometrial lining. There are blood vessels going on there. So as it implants, some of those little
blood vessels can rupture and that causes some damage and
that gives you the bleeding. So can you think about how much damage a little egg could do? Not that much that it
would be flooding, right? You would actually be expecting some spotting here and there,
not much more than that. If your bleeding is more like spotting, and spotting I consider if you can just use a
pantyliner that’s enough, then it could be implantation bleeding, but if it’s a lot more then it’s probably
going to be your period. Alright, one more clue and that’s about how long
implantation bleeding lasts? Again, this is a question I get a lot, and the reason I get that
question a lot is probably, again, because it can
really vary per woman and per pregnancy. Some may have just a little bit of cervical mucous that is stained. Some may get a little bit
of blood and that’s it. Some may get spotting for several hours, and some actually get it for several days. And especially when you
get it for several days, it might be really confusing whether it’s implantation
bleeding or your period, and this is why a lot
of women might not know that they are pregnant
because they thought that that implantation
bleeding for several days was just a really short
weird light period. Okay, well if you’re still not sure after me answering these questions, let’s just talk about when it’s probably, most likely, definitely your period. First of all, if you have
cramping that is really intense. With implantation bleeding you can get some cramping, that’s fine. But if it’s intense like you’re
used to with your period, sorry girl not likely
implantation bleeding. Secondly is what I said
about the heaviness, and especially if you see that the spotting becomes
heavier and heavier and heavier. So it becomes more intense,
again, it is your period. It is not implantation bleeding. Implantation bleeding will be
a little bit here and there. It can be intermittent, but that’s not the case with your period. Thirdly, if you see clots. Clots will not happen with
implantation bleeding. These are part of your endometrial lining that is being shed during your period. So if you see clots, you’re out, sorry. And then there’s another clue which you cannot actually tell
from your spotting itself, but if you’re charting then you will know, and I also talked about this in the implantation symptoms video, and that is if your temperature dropped. And I had a patient
today that doesn’t always have a temperature drop before her period. So if you don’t usually have
that, you can’t use this. But if you know that
your temperature drops right before your period, which is very likely under the influence of the drop of progesterone, then you know that your period has set in. If your temperature is still high, then you still have a chance. Alright, so I had so many more questions about implantation bleeding, but these are the ones that
I could cluster together that are really about
identifying the difference between implantation bleeding and spotting or your period. However, I want to cover one question ’cause I know you want to know. The question is, if I have
implantation bleeding today when will I get my pregnancy test that is positive, my BFP? And that you can expect in
about three to four days after the first signs of
implantation spotting, and the reason for this is that HCG, your pregnancy hormone that’s picked up on by your pregnancy test,
doesn’t actually start to rise after the egg is implanted. So the moment that your egg implants that won’t actually be high yet. You can expect it to
rise and rise and rise and the numbers to double, and then after about three to four days after the first implantation
bleeding happened, you can expect a positive test. However, I’ve had patients that had a positive test the next day. So if you want to pee
on a stick, go ahead. So now you know the difference between implantation
bleeding/spotting and your period. That is, in theory, because I understand in practice it can be a lot trickier. But I do hope by answering these
questions more specifically that it will help you identify
what’s going on for you. And if you want to learn
more about implantation and how you can support implantation then make sure to click on the play list on your screen right now, and you’ll learn a lot more about it, and if you want to learn
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you in the next video, bye.

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