Implantation Discharge: How to Tell It Apart From Other Types of Discharge

Noticed some early signs of pregnancy? If you’re pregnant and seeing some signs that might pique your curiosity and have you wondering, “what’s that?” and if you’re bleeding a week before your period is supposed to come, you might be wondering what’s up. What is implantation discharge? You might think reading it up might make you none the wiser, but when put in a nutshell, it isn’t all that difficult to understand. Let’s get started!

Implantation discharge occurs after implantation has taken place

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Implantation discharge is the discharge (cervical mucus) you see after implantation has taken place, and some blood might be contained.

Implantation refers to the fertilized egg implanting itself into the lining of the uterus called the endometrium. The fertilized egg reaches the uterus’ endometrium about 7 to 10 days after ovulation, and so you might see implantation discharge after implantation takes place. Implantation discharge usually occurs anytime between 1 week before the expected start of your menstrual period to a few days later.

Implantation discharge: Symptoms, amount, timing

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As implantation discharge is a physiological phenomenon, it is different for everyone.

Implantation discharge might be tinged with blood, which ends a brownish, light pinkish or light reddish color to the discharge. One other telling sign that implantation has taken place is an increase in the amount of discharge. The changes can be very slight and hardly noticeable – some women don’t see any changes at all. It might be easy to miss out on any of the changes if you’re not looking very closely, and even if you are, there might be no change at all.

Implantation discharge or bleeding due to an ectopic pregnancy

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You need to be careful about differences between implantation discharge and bleeding caused by an ectopic pregnancy.

An ectopic pregnancy is the implantation of the fertilized egg outside the uterus. When an ectopic pregnancy takes places, bleeding will occur a week after the expected menstrual period start date. In other words, it’ll happen around Week 6 of pregnancy. Usually, only a small amount of blood will emerge, and will be discharged on-and-off for about 4 to 5 days.

Also, in the case of an ectopic pregnancy, abdominal cramps are present, leading many to mistake them for menstrual cramps. As an ectopic pregnancy progresses, both the bleeding and pain will become more severe.

You might not be able to tell the difference between implantation discharge and bleeding from an ectopic pregnancy at the start. However, changes in discharge after implantation usually lasts for a few days but bleeding from an ectopic pregnancy continues for a few weeks.

Differences between different types of discharge

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As aforementioned, with the slight differences in the amount of blood and also the period in which bleeding takes place, it’s difficult to determine if what you’re seeing is implantation discharge, bleeding due to an ectopic pregnancy, or just the start of your normal menstrual period. Take into consideration the differences as noted above, and use a pregnancy test kit to find out for sure.

  • Pregnancy test kit gives a negative result: Menstrual period

  • Pregnancy test kit gives a positive result: Implantation discharge (bleeding) or bleeding due to an ectopic pregnancy

Say no to self-diagnosis

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Determining if the changes in your discharge is a sign of implantation, a sign of an ectopic pregnancy, or a sign that your menstrual period is about to start isn’t easy. It is recommended that you use a pregnancy test kit so as to put your mind at ease. It could mean a pregnancy or an ectopic pregnancy (which can cost you your life), so don’t take it lightly. Be your own keeper and take good care of yourself!