An estimated one out of three women will experience implantation bleeding when they become pregnant. While this does not happen to every woman, it is fairly normal to have implantation bleeding. You should be especially careful about assuming the cause of your bleeding. If it is prolonged or unusually bright red, it could mean that you are undergoing a miscarriage. As a rule, you should always visit your doctor whenever you are concerned about your physical health or a potential miscarriage.
What Type of Implantation Bleeding is Considered Normal?
Every month, your body releases an egg that travels down the Fallopian tubes to the uterus. If the egg is fertilized by sperm, then you will become pregnant. Once the egg is fertilized, it implants itself onto the uterine wall. Normally, implantation will occur about 10 to 14 days after conception happens. Due to this, it will normally take place right before or as your normal period would begin.
When implantation occurs, the egg burrows into the wall of the uterus. This burrowing can cause some of the uterine lining to become shed by the body. As the lining is shed, it will look like menstrual blood. Unlike your period, it will be lighter in color and often will stop after just a few hours. If you have bright red implantation bleeding for multiple days, it could mean that you have an infection or could be having a miscarriage. While every woman’s body is different, heavy implantation bleeding is extremely, extremely rare. If you are having bright red or heavy bleeding for an extended period of time, you need to go to the doctor.
Can Implantation Bleeding Be Bright Red?
Implantation bleeding can vary in color based on several different factors. The blood will typically vary from brown to bright red depending on how long it took to reach the outside of your body. Brown-colored blood is an indication that the blood had to send longer in the body before it reached the outside world. This normally is caused by the fertilized egg burrowing into your uterus and causing just a slight amount of blood to be lost. If the blood is bright red in color, it means that you are actively bleeding and the blood is flowing fast enough to get out in a short amount of time.
Things to Keep in Mind About Bright Red Implantation Bleeding
1. Learn your partner’s blood type in case you need to be injected with Rh-immune globulin following heavy bleeding during pregnancy.
2. Do not use a tampon, have sex or use a douche when you are bleeding because you will not be able to track the color or duration of the bleeding.
3. Do not panic if you have bright red implantation bleeding. An estimated 50 percent of cases of implantation bleeding go on to have a perfectly normal pregnancy.
4. If you believe that you are bleeding for longer than normal or it is heavier than your normal range, contact your doctor immediately for medical help.
5. If you experience bright red bleeding and think that you could be pregnant, take a home pregnancy test right away. If you receive a positive test result, contact your doctor right away to make sure that the bleeding is normal.