Most of the women panic when they recognize vaginal bleeding during pregnancy as it can be alarming for serious complications. In fact, bleeding in the early stages of pregnancy is usually from implantation and it isn’t serious. But any vaginal bleeding outside implantation bleeding of pregnancy can be a sign of serious problems such as a miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, or molar pregnancy. In this article, we explain all the facts about implantation bleeding and how it differs from the other vaginal bleedings.
Implantation bleeding occurs when the fertilized egg attaches to the lining of the uterus. Implantation bleeding occurs about 10-14 days after the egg has been fertilized or when conception occurred. The signs of implementation can vary from one pregnant woman to another but in most of the cases it is mild in nature and is much lighter than a normal menstrual period.
The color of implantation bleeding can also vary from bright red to brown implantation bleeding. Bright red bleeding means that there is an active area of bleeding within the womb and blood is flowing from the site of implantation to the vagina very quickly. It may indicate that implantation has just occurred or it could also indicate complications such as a low-lying placenta (placenta previa).
On the other hand, brown implantation bleeding is the color of old blood and when you experience brown implantation bleeding that means that the fertilized eggs joined the womb then a little blood was released as a result of implantation but it stayed in the womb for some time. After some time, you will see the bleeding in your underwear or when you wipe yourself.
You should not panic if you have any of the above symptoms as 50% of all cases of implantation bleeding have a normal pregnancy. Mostly, the implantation bleeding lasts for a few minutes to a few days. So if it lasts more than this period it can be an alarming for vaginal infection or a threatened miscarriage.
If you experience any of these symptoms and you are not pregnant, you should first do a home pregnancy test. If the test is positive and you don’t know your blood Rhesus factor, you should call your doctor to consult him for possible Rh-immune globulin. Observe the bleeding period if it lasts for more than few days or if it becomes heavier, you should immediately call your doctor for consultation.