Heavy Implantation Bleeding
Are you having heavy implantation bleeding? Can implantation bleeding be heavy in the first place?
Can Implantation Bleeding Be Heavy?
Implantation bleeding is mild bleeding that occurs when the developing embryo burrows into the lining of the uterus. The bleeding is usually so mild that it is often seen as a pink stain on the underwear or toilet tissue. This mild bleeding is called spotting.
By definition and by reason of the very mechanism that causes implantation bleeding, it is not possible for implantation bleeding to be heavy. If bleeding is heavy, then it is not implantation bleeding!
Is This Implantation Bleeding?
I find that many women often make the mistake of incorrectly labeling other causes of vaginal bleeding as implantation bleeding. An underlying principle in medicine is that implantation bleeding should only be entertained after all other causes of vaginal bleeding have been excluded.
This simple guide should help you
- There is no implantation bleeding without pregnancy. I would encourage you not to label any bleeding as implantation bleeding until you have a positive pregnancy test.
- Not every bleeding during early pregnancy is implantation bleeding. If you are pregnant and having an early pregnancy bleeding within the first 2-3 weeks that is “heavy”, please see your doctor and not attribute it to implantation bleeding. This might delay needful medical therapy for you and your unborn baby.
- Any vaginal bleeding that makes you call it heavy is likely not implantation bleeding. Appropriate medical evaluation should be done. Implantation bleeding will not cause any alarm, because it is usually trivial.
You may want to look into other causes of spotting before period which might be mistaken for implantation bleeding. More causes of abnormal uterine bleeding might also help you better understand what is going on.
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