If you are trying to get pregnant, then understanding the characteristics of implantation bleeding will help you to ensure that you detect the pregnancy as quickly as possible.
Many women are not familiar with the characteristics of implantation bleeding. So, understandably, when they see some bloody discharge they are not sure what it means and it causes some distress. Alternatively, if they aren’t deliberately trying to get pregnant they might mistake it for an early period, and not realise that it is a sign of pregnancy.
Implantation bleeding is actually a perfectly normal thing, and it is something that affects about one third of women when they get pregnant. It is the bleeding of the womb lining that occurs when the egg attaches itself to the womb after it is fertilized.
The first signs of pregnancy usually occur about 10-12 days after the egg was fertilized. This can be a long time before your period is due, so it can help you to figure out whether you are pregnant sooner than you would otherwise be able to. Some pregnancy test kits can provide accurate results within five days of the implantation happening, giving you an earlier notification of pregnancy than the older kits which were designed to be used a week or more after you expected to have your period.
When the egg implants itself into the wall of the womb, it excretes something call ferments, which melt away the tissue allowing the egg and the developing embryo to attach itself to the uterine wall. This is what causes bleeding in some women. The reason why some woman experience bleeding and others do not is that depending on how thick the lining is, the ferments may or may not do damage to blood vessels in the womb. The blastocyst embedment process lasts for only about 40 hours, and after that the womb will heal itself, so spotting will not last for very long at all. Even if there is a small amount of bleeding, it may be so light that it goes un-noticed.
Sometimes, the discharge happens around the same time as the normal period would be due, and this means that it goes unnoticed and the woman thinks that they had just had an unusually light period. A woman who uses birth control that causes light spotting might think that their birth control is still working, and not know that they are pregnant at all until they experience other changes with their body.
If you have any reason to think that you might be pregnant, take a pregnancy test, and then talk to your doctor if the result is positive or inconclusive. This will ensure that you get the guidance you need, and the tests that you need to ensure that the baby is healthy. It will also rule out things like an ectopic pregnancy, which could be very dangerous to the health of the mother if it is not detected as early as possible.