Understanding Implantation Bleeding

Implantation bleeding is a pink or brown vaginal discharge that generally occurs six to 12 days after ovulation and fertilization. Most women do not experience implantation bleeding, and doctors suggest that just 1/3 pregnant women will report any such discharge at or around the time they find out they are pregnant. The discharge occurs when the fertilized egg implants in the uterus, which is why it is referred to as implantation bleeding.

Usually, you can test for pregnancy and get an accurate result right around the time that you experience implantation bleeding, though your hcg levels may not be high enough to register a positive until 2 or 3 days after implantation.


Many women get scared when they see implantation bleeding or assume that they must not be pregnant because it looks like period blood. Cramping, backache, or increased bleeding does not usually accompany implantation bleeding. For most women, implantation bleeding is simply a bit of brown or pink colored discharge mixed in with a clear discharge.


If you have already confirmed your pregnancy and it is more than 10 days since fertilization, you probably will not see the implantation bleeding, so if you see blood you should call your doctor and follow his or her instructions carefully as you could be experiencing a miscarriage.

If you do believe you are experiencing implantation bleeding, you can go ahead and test for pregnancy like you normally would. Many women assume that the blood will affect the results of a standard home pregnancy test, but this is not the case. If there is hCG present in your urine, a home pregnancy test may show a positive result.

If there is no hCG present in the urine, it will come back negative. Because your urine and the bloody discharge come from different parts of the body, the small amount of implantation bleeding will not skew the results of your test. If for some reason the test is negative but you do not continue to bleed as you would with your period, test in 2-3 days to give you body time to produce a high enough level of hCG to be picked up by your test.

If you still have not started your period within a week and you do not get a positive test result, you may want to contact your doctor and ask her how you should proceed as he or she may want you to have a blood test done to determine if you are pregnant.

Luckily, because most women do not experience implantation bleeding, there is no need to concern yourself with this. If you are worried that you did not experience this bleeding because your friend did, don’t assume that there is something wrong with your pregnancy. Whether or not a woman experiences implantation bleeding doesn’t seem to affect the outcome or overall health of a pregnancy, so as long as the bleeding is just a little bit or you don’t bleed at all, implantation bleeding need not be a concern to you!

  • Kaylee

    i had implantation like 5 days ago well what i thought i took 3 pregnancy test the last 2 days and all were positive now today im spottng again any idea why or what it could be ?

  • Vivianna Buhl

    okay Im trying to understand my body and the cycle of this my first day of menstruation was 1/28/17 i had sex that morning and on the 17th that friday night and my hubby finished in me both occasions.
    its been a week or so that I’m feeling sore breast especially at night laying down and in the shower. the morning sickness driving kids to school and me to work and then goes away and it start back up like 4 in the afternoon. oh yea i have a 28 day cycle. so on FEB 9 I went to use the bathroom clear urine but when i wiped it was a light pink.this was 11 am and git home at 8pm started to feeling light cramps on my left side abdomen. today Feb 10th i went to the bathroom clear urine but when i wiped it was Drk brwn red gooey blood . i placed a pad on and checked it 2 hours later and the center of my pad was a drk brown and when i wipe its is bwrwnish red. no cramping still feel nausea sore breast tired . So what am i suppose to think now.

  • Jeneen14

    My period was due on valentines day i had sex the day before it and never got it next period is due on the 21st of march apottes pinkish brown discharge on the 8th having some pregnancy synptoms could i be pregnant, took 2 test booth were neg.

  • MB

    I have been having redish/brown spotting, sometimes it will come in larger amounts but most of the time its just a few dripping spots here and there, I had my period from the 27 of feb to mar 5 or 6 according to my app fertile window was from the 8-12 my most fertile day was march 8 and I had sex with my boyfriend that day, we didn’t use protection but he also pulled out so I’m not sure if there is a possibility to get pregnant that way, as well as I recently suffered a miscarriage in January but I have gone back and had 2 regular periods since.

  • Amy Higgs

    I need help I was spotting yesterday through the day and after sex then today there was nothing I am 19 and I don’t know what to do. Is there anyone out there that may know what I am going through I was due on 42days ago

  • ericka

    Hello so on the 24th of April I started ig spotting but I thought it was my period coming so I put a pad on and an hour later I went to bathroom and nothing was on my pad. I then wiped and there was pink blood but not a lot so I took off my pad and used bathroom again and was only like two drops of blood in my underwear ( amd my periods are very heavy after having my daughter) I only spotted for 1 1/2 days. I do have 1 child and I have never ever done this before and I had my first period when I was 13. And when I thought I was pregnant before I never spotted just didn’t have a period but came the next month oh and no period has came and it’s the last day of the month but no other symptoms. And with my other pregnancy was way different. But I don’t know if I am pregnant took a test a day after I was spotting and came back neg. So idk what to think?

  • Cortney Tasha’e

    I went to the er they raned tests did a ultra sound they said everything was normal but I’m still spotting blood and I had a mucus come out one time

  • Natalie Nelson

    Did u end up being pregnant? I’ve had the same exact thing as u described except my boobs aren’t sore and I only feel sick for brief seconds .

  • Lala Macia Carter

    Samething im going through what this mean ?

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