The entire procedure of pregnancy is embroiled in a lot of confusion and fear. Implantation bleeding adds to this confusion in its own way. This article tries to answer the numerous questions that are associated with implantation spotting. However, before we explore the answers to these questions, it is important to gather some insight on the process of fertilization.
What is Implantation?
When the sperm fertilizes the egg, the diploid cell zygote travels all the way to the uterus. During this journey, cell division occurs and the zygote transforms into blastocyst. Once inside the uterus, the blastocyst burrows itself inside the lining of the uterus, called endometrial lining. This lining is very rich in blood and other nutrients and further develops into placenta. The process by which the blastocyst attaches itself to the endometrial lining is called implantation. If the implantation is not successful, then the blastocyst is discharged as a part of a normal menstrual flow.
Why Does Implantation Spotting Occur?
As mentioned above, the endometrial lining is a blood rich zone. Naturally when the blastocyst burrows itself in the endometrial lining, a few drops of blood pass through the cervix and down to the vagina. This discharge looks quite different from the normal menstrual flow. Mostly, it is pink or brown in color, as the blood from the endometrial lining is not a recent one.
When Does It Occur?
Typically, implantation occurs on any day between 6 to 12 days after fertilization. However, it is most likely to happen on the 9th day after the fertilization takes place. You should expect implantation bleeding before 1 to 2 weeks of your regular periods. It may vary depending upon the duration of your menstrual cycle. However, if you notice it closer to your impending period, then it may not be implantation spotting after all.
How Long Does It Last?
Implantation spotting does not last for more than 2 days. In fact, it is not always that you'll notice an implantation spotting. Only about 25 - 30 % women report it. Few women, who actually notice that they are bleeding lightly might as well mistake it for a light period.
Along with the light discharge, you may experience cramps in the pelvic region. Implantation cramping is pretty similar to that in PMS. Implantation cramping peculiarly takes place at the side of the uterus, where the implantation has occurred. If you experience spotting, then you might watch out for other early pregnancy signs.
Many women either mistake implantation spotting for an early period or they take it for a miscarriage, if they are trying for conception. This may affect the entire course of pregnancy. Hence, it is very important to get a few facts straight when you are pregnant or are trying for a pregnancy.
Disclaimer: This article is intended for information purpose only. Do not use the information presented herein as a substitute for medical practitioner's advice.