Can Implantation Bleeding Be Heavy?

When a woman becomes pregnant, the egg becomes implanted in the wall of the uterus. Some women may feel a sudden jolt of pain or cramps when this occurs, and bleeding is possible. Throughout the menstrual cycle, vaginal discharge and bleeding are normal. When these occur at the wrong times of the month or in abnormal amounts, it can be a sign of something more serious. If you believe that you could be pregnant and just experienced spotting, you may want to take a pregnancy test. If the test comes back negative, you may have to wait a few weeks for a positive result or you may want to consult with the doctor to figure out the cause of your bleeding.

Can Implantation Bleeding Be Heavy

How Heavy Can Implantation Bleeding Be?

For most people, implantation bleeding does not occur or it is extremely light. Although it is normally just spotting and extremely short, there are millions of women who have had heavier, more intense implantation bleeding. Depending on your hormones and genetics, implantation bleeding can last for a few hours or a few days. Often, it will occur on and off for several days before stopping on its own. Although it is normal for it to last certain amounts of time or be lighter, there are no rules for how your body specifically will handle implantation. In some cases, heavy implantation bleeding can last for up to four days.

When to Get Medical Help

It is normal to have implantation bleeding for a short period of time, and it is generally light. Although even heavy implantation bleeding is considered normal, there are some symptoms that you should watch out for. If you notice any of the following symptoms, you should make an appointment with your doctor or seek immediate medical care because it could be a sign of a more serious problem. Heavy implantation bleeding can also be a sign of a miscarriage, so you need to make sure that you get medical help.

  • Post menopausal bleeding
  • Pathological spotting can be a sign of health conditions like endometriosis, uterine fibroids or cancer in the reproductive system.
  • Light-Headedness
  • Extreme Pain
  • Fatigue

Implantation BleedingThe Difference Between Implantation Bleeding and Your Period

Think of Your Timing

Normally, the menstrual cycle can vary from 24 days to 40 days. On average, most women have a 28 day cycle and ovulation occurs 14 days before your period is expected to occur. When you conceive, it is always around ovulation. The egg is only present for 12 to 24 hours after ovulation, so fertilization must occur in this time period. Once the egg is fertilized, it implants on the wall of the uterus about 10 to 14 days later. When it implants, you may experience other symptoms. Many women who experience implantation bleeding do not realize what they are experiencing, since implantation occurs close to the time when they woman would normally start her menstrual cycle. If you do experience bleeding prior to the time that your period normally starts, it could be a sign of implantation.

How Does It Look?

The color of the blood during implantation and your period varies drastically. When you have implantation bleeding, it will generally be extremely light and you may only need a panty liner. Often, women only experience spotting at random or a single incidence of spotting.

When you have implantation bleeding, it will normally start out looking pink or brown before it turns into a darker color. This happens because it takes longer for the blood to travel through the vagina and the uterine walls. If the blood is from your menstrual cycle, it will normally be red in color and become heavier as time progresses instead of stopping.

Consider Your Symptoms

When you have your period, you normally experience cramps and similar symptoms. With implantation bleeding, you might not experience any symptoms or you could experience some cramping. Some women have reported experiencing symptoms like nausea, bloating, swollen breasts, increased basal body temperature, tender breasts and nausea. Symptoms that are normally considered a sign of pregnancy like increased sensitivity to smell, increased urination or fatigue are also considered signs of implantation bleeding.

By paying attention to your symptoms, the length of bleeding and the intensity of bleeding, you can figure out if you are having your period or implantation bleeding. If you think that your bleeding is heavier than it should be, make sure to get medical help because this could be a sign of a miscarriage or another health condition.

1848 COMMENTS

  1. Hi I am a bit concerned if I am pregnant or not, I have been diagnosed with pcos a few months ago and been having very irregular periods but consistent. I had a period the first of the month that lasted about 4days, a week later on the 7th I had sex and the 8th.. according to an app called glow I would’ve been ovulating around that time. For about 2-3 weeks I have been feeling really nauseated and having heartburn like crazy for no reason. I have began to have dark brown discharge for 5 days now and today it’s more light and creamy now only when I go to the bathroom do I notice it. I took a pregnancy test on Tuesday it was negative but something just seems different with my body.

    • Take another pregnancy test. Continue to monitor the experiences that you are having. If you find that you are having other signs of pregnancy, then it is certainly possible that you are pregnant. However, the heartburn and sickness may be caused from something else. If you want to speak with a medical professional to ask some questions, then you may be benefited in doing so. Best of luck, Asia!

  2. i started my period in the beginning of this month 1/1 it lasted 7 days 1/7 my period not due to another 8 days i started spotting 2 days after ovulation put a pad on it was brownish an the next day it got heavier it lasted 4 days an now its light watery what could be goin on

    • Continue monitor the experiences that you are having. If you find that you are having other signs of pregnancy, then it is certainly possible that you are pregnant. Take a pregnancy test five days after your normal period date. You can confirm the results by speaking with a medical professional. Reduce stress on your body at this time. Best of luck, Kayla!

  3. Hi I am a bit concerned if I could be pregnant or not.. so I’ve been diagnosed with pcos a few months ago and been having very irregular periods but consistent.i had a period the 1st of the month which seemed pretty normal a week later I had unprotected sex which was on the day I would’ve been ovulating(according to glow,app) for about 2-3 weeks now I have been feeling really different and experiencing a lot of heartburn and sickness that seems unexplained. I have begun to have brown discharge for about 5days now..I had a negative urine pregnancy test on Tuesday and don’t know if I should take another or just assume it’s my period?

    • Take another pregnancy test. Continue to monitor the experiences that you are having. If you find that you are having other signs of pregnancy, then it is certainly possible that you are pregnant. However, the heartburn and sickness may be caused from something else. If you want to speak with a medical professional to ask some questions, then you may be benefited in doing so. Best of luck, Asia!

  4. My girlfriend and I had sex last Jan 13th after 3days she had a heavy brown discharge wothout cramping and it lasts for 4days, after that she experienced mild cramp. Is she pregnant?

    • It is possible that she could have become pregnant. She should monitor her experiences for signs of pregnancy. If she misses her period and has other signs of pregnancy, then she should take a pregnancy test five days after her normal period date. She can speak with a doctor to confirm the results. Be there fore her as you move forward. Good luck, Jm!

  5. My girlfriend and I had sex last January 13th, 2017. And after 3days she had a heavy brown discharge but no cramps at all. It lasts 4days. After that, she experienced light cramps after 4days of brown discharge. Is she pregnant?

    • It is possible that she is pregnant. It would be wise of her to continue to monitor her experiences. If she has additional pregnancy symptoms, then she should take a pregnancy test five days after her normal period date. This can be confirmed by speak with a medical professional. Be there for her and support her in any manner that you can at this time. Good luck, Robert!

  6. Hi I started my period early on the month later on the month I had unprotected sex and two weeks later I started spotting and it became heavier and I would get light cramps the first two days , and I don’t start my period until next month . What does this mean ?

    • You may be experiencing implantation bleeding. You may be having an unusual period. Continue to monitor the experiences that you are having. Take a pregnancy test five days after your normal period date. A doctor can confirm the results of your test. Remain positive as you move forward. Best of luck, Nancy!

  7. Hello! Awesome article!
    My girlfriend and I had unprotected sex. I didn’t ejaculate inside but I had ejaculated in a condom a few minutes before. This was 4 days before here regular menstrual cycle, but it arrived 6 days later (2 days late) and lasted for half the time it usually does, although ending around the same time it would have if it wasn’t late. The first day was heavy, mid flow the second and lighter the third day. The blood was red-light brownish but nothing uncommon. Tips, thoughts? Can she take a more reliabale pregnancy test yet?

    • If you recently ejaculated before you had unprotected sex, then it is certainly possible that she is pregnant. It would be wise for you and her to have a conversation about proper ways to practice safe sex and how to use protection. She should continue to monitor the experiences that she is having. She should take a pregnancy test five days after her normal period date. Good luck, Juanpa!

  8. The day before I was supposed to get my period I had light pink spotting but I thought it was because I had sex the next day I didn’t get my period and was 6 days late the day I got it I took a pregnancy test and it came out negative but once I had sex i started spotting light pink and then the day after it got heavy then ended how it started and I believe that was my period and it ended after 6 days which isn’t normal I usually last 7 days and today I just had sex and I started to spot again like the last time I’m not sure what’s going on can someone help

    • Continue to monitor your experiences. If you continue to have bleeding for two straight weeks, then make an appointment with a medical professional. If you find that you are having additional pregnancy symptoms, then take a pregnancy test. You can confirm your results with a medical professional. Best of luck, Manisha!

  9. I started spotting two days ago but on Saturday I had a heavy discharge then after that I started spotting and it’s now Thursday and it’s heavy heavier than my cycle would be. I don’t start for another two weeks, I’ve been having bad cramps front and back bloating and nausea food tastes different and been really tired. I don’t know what to do. Any suggestions

    • It is possible that you are experiencing implantation. Since you are experiencing other signs of pregnancy, it is certainly possible that you are pregnant. Continue to monitor the symptoms that you are experiencing. Take a pregnancy test five days after your normal period date. This will give you the answers that you are seeking. Best of luck, Ali!

  10. I am due for my period in five days which makes me nine days past ovulation. Last night I had some dark brown blood when I was wiping. Just a couple spots. Today I have had dark red somewhat clotting blood on two or three pantiliners not a lot but not what I thought implantation bleeding was. Today I have had dark red somewhat clotting blood on two or three pantiliners not a lot but not what I thought implantation bleeding was. Do you think it is implantation or a chemical pregnancy

    • Continue to monitor the symptoms that you are having. If you find that you have other signs of pregnancy, then it is possible that you are pregnant. It is possible that you are having a chemical pregnancy. You may want to speak with a doctor. Make an appointment if you find that you are having concerns. Take a pregnancy test five days after your normal period date. Best of luck, Taylor!

    • Wow I am having these exact symptoms. It’s started last night. But on Tuesday, I had a few pink spots when I wiped. My cycle isn’t due for another 5-6 days

      • It is possible that these are signs of implantation bleeding. Anyone who may be experiencing implantation bleeding should monitor their experiences. It would be beneficial to take a pregnancy test five days after your normal period date. Best of luck, Alex!

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