What does implantation spotting look like?

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For women trying to get pregnant for the first time, it can be easy to confuse implantation bleeding with the beginning of menstruation. Here are some things to look for if you think you might be experiencing implantation spotting.

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When Does Implantation Bleeding Occur?

Implantation bleeding typically occurs anywhere from a week to 12 days past ovulation.

How Much Blood Is There with Implantation Bleeding?

It will be very light. Some women will only have one spot of blood, which can be why many people miss this early sign of pregnancy altogether. Other women claim the bleeding is like the last day of their normal period.

What Does Implantation Bleeding Look Like?

For some women, implantation bleeding can be described as a very light period. For other women, the blood is what is often referred to as "old blood." The discharge colour can range anywhere from light pink to brown.

How Long Does Implantation Bleeding Last?

Bleeding varies greatly from woman to woman, but usually lasts anywhere from one day to a full week in some cases.

Does Every Woman Experience Spotting?

No. Only about one in four women will experience spotting.

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