Information About Implantation Symptoms And Signs

Many experts regard implantation as the moment at which pregnancy begins. It is a moment that couples who are trying to have a baby strive for. The technicalities surrounding implantation and what has to occur to make it happen will be described later in this article. We will also look at Implantation symptoms and signs, and the tests that can be done to check for pregnancy. Furthermore, we will describe some of the side-effects associated with implantation, and the time over which you can expect it to take.


Implantation symptoms are quite specific but, due to their nature, they can be mistaken for the onset of the menstrual cycle. The best way to spot symptoms of implantation is to look for what is known as ‘spotting’- minor blood release – around one week prior to your expected period. It can also be associated with stomach cramps. However, these are not definite signs of pregnancy and can be associated with other conditions. This is why it is best to take a proper test. Furthermore some women become pregnant without showing any signs, and this is far from uncommon. In fact, it is considered quite rare to show any definite signs of implantation.

What Is Implantation?

Let’s describe the process that implantation takes in order that we can see how it occurs: for implantation to take place the egg must have been fertilised by the sperm. Following this, the fertilized egg attaches to the inner wall of the uterus, having travelled down the fallopian tube. This where it gains the vital oxygen and other essential nutrients that will allow it to develop. It is essential that the fertilised egg attaches correctly in order to progress into pregnancy.

How Long Does It Take?

The process of implantation –that is the fertilization of the egg and it attaching to the uterine wall – takes anywhere between seven to nine days. During this time it will have divided naturally several times. Implantation becomes a pregnancy at this point, assuming all is well with the woman carrying the egg.

When I Can Do The Test?

A pregnancy test can be taken after one week to nine days following intercourse. If you think you may be pregnant it is important that you determine whether you are, and you should see a doctor as soon as it is possible. Do not assume you are pregnant simply because you experience the symptoms described above. However, the following are also indications you may be pregnant:

  • Fatigue
  • Vomiting
  • Swollen and tender breasts
  • Cravings for or aversions to certain food
  • Headaches
  • Mood swings
  • Constipation
  • Fainting and dizziness

Again, each and every one of these can be a sign of another condition, so a medical diagnosis for pregnancy is essential.

How Long Does Implantation Bleeding Last?

As we have said it is somewhat rare for a woman to experience bleeding as a result of implantation. Generally, however, it will occur for the week before you are expecting your next period. It is always worth having unexpected bleeding checked by a doctor.

What Does Implantation Bleeding Look Like?

Implantation bleeding is minor and will appear as small spots of blood on the underclothes. It may also be accompanied by a brown or yellow discharge. Again, it is to be stressed that it is not a common occurrence, and this sort of bleeding is not an automatic indication of implantation.

When Does Implantation Bleeding Occur?

Bleeding, if it does occur, will begin a week after intercourse, assuming the egg was fertilized and is attached to the uterine wall. It will not occur at all in most cases.

How Long Does Implantation Take?

To reiterate: if an egg has been fertilized during intercourse it will complete its journey and division down the fallopian tubes and attach to the inner wall of the uterus between seven and nine days afterwards.

We hope this article has helped you to understand the process of implantation, what it is and why it occurs, as well as how to spot the various symptoms. If you do think you may be pregnant, it is best to seek expert medical advice straight away.

Written By Melissa Robertson

Dr. Melissa Robertson, MD, is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and she currently practices gynecology in West Palm Beach, Florida. As a physician with the OB/GYN Specialists of the Palm Beaches, Dr. Robertson’s goal is to improve the overall health and welfare of women from adolescent through childbirth.

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Melissa Robertson

Dr. Melissa Robertson, MD, is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and she currently practices gynecology in West Palm Beach, Florida. As a physician with the OB/GYN Specialists of the Palm Beaches, Dr. Robertson’s goal is to improve the overall health and welfare of women from adolescent through childbirth.

13 thoughts on “Information About Implantation Symptoms And Signs”

  1. Well its been like 2 months since i dont get my period ive tooken 2 test and they came out negitve but yesterday 10/16/2012 i started bleeding super light were on the next day the 17th and its still like this i dont have to wear a pad its not like my period it normally comes heavy but now its super light and my boyfriend came inside of me like 2 in half weeks ago what does this mean am i pregnant or not im confused please help me.

  2. hi. my period isnt due until sunday, and even though the test came back negative this morning, i am still positive that i am pregnant. ive had very light bleeding since friday night. i need to wear a pantyliner. ive been pregnant twice, and ive had this spotting twice. and now too. so i know that the test will come back positive this weekend. it sounds to me like youre pregnant. i would take another test in a few days to a couple weeks. and call the doctor either way. good luck.

  3. After sex with my now ex on 10/21/12 I noticed blood when I wiped. I was expecting my period to arrive the next day. After that however no blood was present; only when I wiped would I see occasionally hints of blood. I am very worried after reading this article on implantation.

  4. I had my period last Friday and had protected sex Saturday but at the end the condom broke but he still pulled out before he climaxed, today a week later Friday i am having dark brown spotting. I just had a baby in May, this didn’t happen at all.

  5. After 5 miscarriages, I’m scared to think I am pregnant. I am on a strict 27 day cycle, and am due the 10th. However, for the last week,I have been experiencing some weird, well, I don’t know what to call them. Milky white watery discharge, cramping, headaches, nausea/dry heaves, and I literally spent the whole day crying today for NO reason. I’m extremely bloated and constantly hungry. Lower back aches, my boobs feel like they are bruising and nipples went from pink to brown. white bumps around them. I have had one child who will be 4 this month and 5 miscarriages since her. My husband and I would like to be, we just don’t want to get our hopes up. Anything will help ladies!

  6. Hello, my husband and I have been trying for a baby for a year. Every month my period seems to start a week sooner so its hard to tell if its implantation bleeding. I’ve noticed this month that as I’ve started bleeding that it seems to have a different smell then normal. Does implantion blood smell different then normal period? Thanks

  7. Hello my husband and I have been trying for a couple of months now so I tried a fertility medicine and my husband and I had sex a couple of days after and now its 3weeks later and im having apink discharge it only last a day could that be implatation bleeding

  8. Me and my boyfriend had sex about a few days after my period and about 2 weeks after my period i started spotting and bleeding just a little bit it goes on and off and has been going on for about 3 days but not 3 days in a row. i called a nurse and she told me it could be implantation but im not surre. my periiod shound come in about a week to two weeks and i just want to know something before i start freaking out ! is this implantatiion bleeding?

  9. hi, me and my boyfriend have been trying to get pregnant. we started trying about a week ago and since then he has came in me about 7 times. that was all the past two weeks. this morning i woke up and there was some blood in my panties but its not like me usual period it was very light. i read it had to be a brownish pinkish color and mine is reidish pinkish am i experiencing implantation bleeding? my period doesnt come until a week or so from now. im experiencing cramping and i have had mood swings and been more hungry than usual and ive been going to the bathroom more often. i dont have tender breast so im a little connfused. please help.

  10. Hello everyone! I have a few questions. My period is very regular 28 day cycle. I have 5 children already and had my last baby last Sept 2011. My last period was Nov 4th but dont think I ovulated until Nov 20th. We had lots of unprotected sex during this time. I had some what seemed like period cramps on Nov 29th three days before expected period and I noticed a very faint pink streak on the toilet paper after I wiped. No period started. The next day I noticed about 2 to 3 drops of brown discharge on the toliet paper after I wiped and then it stopped. The third day I wiped and noticed the faint pink streak again and no its stopped. I took a cheapie preg test this morn and it was negative. My normal period should start tomorrow.Ive never had implantation bleeding before and not sure whats going on or even if thats what it is. Should I try another preg test tomorrow? My period is due tomorrow. .

  11. I have a question! My period is regular,It just so happens my period had came about 4 days early and usually it comes on the 3rd of every month ,I was woken up by the pains of my cramps and that’s not normal for me usually i have no signs of my period approaching or any type of pains throughout my cycle and heavy bleeding occurs during my regular cycle No this time was different the bleeding was extremely light almost as if i wasn’t bleeding at all then come around the time my regular period begins the light bleeding had completely stopped later that day i spotted ,It’s hard for me to eat food just thinking about eating makes me loose all interest in food ,im always cold but here lately I’ve been very warm and I could sit out it 45 degree weather without a coat and still be warm,! I have occasional (very mild though) headaches I’m a bit more tired than usual and a bit more sensative than before!should i possibly take a test?

  12. Hi,please help me with answers,4/01/2013 was suppose to be my ovulation and I had inter course on that day and the next.Now on the 12th till now(14th) I started noticing light spottings of blood,not heavy like menses,a continious headache,minor tummy cramp and my normal period is supposed to start next tomorrow(16th).I’m newly married and eager to conceive my first child,do I wait til 16th or should I go for a preg text right away?Please help me……………..

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