Implantation bleeding is defined as the vaginal bleeding that is usually experienced after 10-14 of conception. Implantation is perfectly normal and in most cases should not be a cause for alarm. However, some cases of heavy implantation bleeding can signify miscarriage, in which case you should go to the doctor immediately.
What Is Implantation Bleeding?
Why does Implantation Bleeding Occur?
Implantation bleeding is largely caused when the embryo becomes attached to the uterus wall. This bleeding occurs in the final implantation stages and this is when the trophoblast develops and encloses the embryo. When the trophoblast makes its way through blood vessels, it cracks them and this leads to leaks which are collected within the trophoblast’s cavities. These cavities then begin to slowly move toward the uterus craters and voids where the embryo expels them hence causing the bleeding.
Normal Implantation Bleeding
Most women will experience mild implantation bleeding and this bleeding will normally appear light pink to brown in color. The bleeding could last for a few hours or go on for a few days.
Not all women will have implantation bleeding and it is estimated that only 25 percent will experience this type of bleeding. Chances are also high that the women who experience implantation bleeding will not even recognize this bleeding.
Heavy Implantation Bleeding
However, many women have reported heavier implantation bleeding which in fact resembles menstrual period and there have been cases of the bleeding lasting for a few days. Many women actually confuse implantation bleeding with period because as we all know sometimes irregular menstrual cycles occur. It’s important to note that implantation bleeding that lasts more than a couple of days could be a major sign of a miscarriage or vaginal infection.
Watch the video to learn what is implantation bleeding and how to tell it apart with a period: