Implantation Bleeding vs Period
Females who are sexually active are oftentimes confused and nervous over whether vaginal bleeding is from a menstrual period or from implantation bleeding. Â For a woman who is unprepared for pregnancy, the sight of blood could be implantation bleeding confused as a period. Â Â A period is another word for menstruation. Â Menstruation is the female body’s way of shedding the lining of the uterus, which occurs every 28 days for a non-pregnant woman. Â Implantation bleeding occurs when the egg moves into the uterus and through the lining, which for some women can cause bleeding. Â Women who experience implantation bleeding are pregnant, even though blood may be confused for a period or a miscarriage.
Periods are common in women after they reach puberty and last until a woman reaches menopause. Â A period stops while a woman is pregnant, and this is called amenorrhoea. Â Periods can be accompanied by cramping, headaches and migraines, irritability, and other signs of premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). Â Blood flow from a period can vary for different people, however anything less than 80 mL is appropriate. Â It is important to understand that periods are entirely normal and that the bleeding is normal.
Sometimes it can be difficult to tell the difference between a period and implantation bleeding. Â A period usually begins with a light flow of blood which gradually increases. Â Spotting is not necessarily a sign of implantation bleeding; it could be the onset of a period. Â Implantation bleeding is a darker color red with a brown tint and comes sparingly. Â One can easily be confused for the other as implantation bleeding occurs around the time a normal period would start for a woman who is not pregnant. Â Implantation bleeding is not cause for concern, it is normal for pregnant women.
Implantation bleeding is one of the signs of early pregnancy, and a woman who is unsure of bleeding may take a pregnancy test. Â A woman who is not pregnant and is bleeding is generally having a period. Â A woman who is pregnant and bleeding is demonstrating a sign that the egg has implanted. Â There are some women who will not experience implantation bleeding at all if pregnant; however studies have found that it occurs in nearly 30 percent of all women in their first trimester.
Women can confuse implantation bleeding for a period; however the two are very different from one another and should be treated appropriately.
- A period occurs when a female’s body sheds the lining of the uterus every 28 days. Â Implantation bleeding occurs in a pregnant woman when the egg travels into the uterus and into the lining.
- Implantation bleeding occurs at the normal time a period occurs, yet the blood is dark red with a brown tint.
- Implantation bleeding does not occur in all pregnant women. Â Implantation bleeding can be confused for a period.
- A period is bleeding which occurs every month for a female from puberty to menopause. Â Implantation bleeding only occurs in a pregnant woman’s first trimester.