Implantation Bleeding: The Mild Bleeding During Early Pregnancy

Is This Implantation Bleeding?

Implantation bleeding or implantation spotting is an episode of mild bleeding
during very early pregnancy.

It could be mistaken for menses and could be a subtle  very early pregnancy sign if you catch it right!

What Is  Implantation Spotting Or Bleeding?

This is mild uterine bleeding that occurs when the fertilized egg burrows( or implants) into the uterine lining after fertilization. This process creates  the slight bleeding that might be observed during implantation.

When Does Implantation Bleeding Occur?

The spotting from implantation  occurs at the end of the implantation process.This
is usually about  10 to 14 days after fertilization(about the time of ovulation), depending on the length of
your cycle. The duration of  bleeding is usually about one day.


Many times, women do not know the characteristics of spotting during implantation and therefore end up asking themselves  if they are dealing with bleeding from implantation or not. The bleeding is usually mild vaginal bleeding or spotting, which  pinkish
or brownish in color. However,bleeding is only one possible symptom of
the process of implantation, besides others like implantation cramps. See more on  symptoms of implantation.

Implantation  Spotting or Periods?

Implantation spotting and periods could be  confusing because they can occur about the same time. However, both are  so different that there need not be any confusion if you know the characteristics of your periods and  the bleeding from implantation. They can be easily distinguished by the  volume of the bleed, the duration, the timing of occurrence and the color. Read more on “implantation or period bleeding?”

You may also want to review the causes of abnormal uterine bleeding in other not to mislabel one of these as due to  implantation.

Implantation Spotting or Abnormal Early Pregnancy?

Implantation spotting is not a disease and is considered a normal or physiologic process.  That means it does not affect the pregnancy in any way afterward.

It is important you know that bleeding during implantation  should be entertained only after more serious causes have been excluded. Three important very early pregnancy complications you should be aware of are:

  1. Ectopic pregnancy, which is abnormal pregnancy site
  2. Miscarriage
  3. Molar pregnancy
    , in which the  developing embryo
    dies and the premature placenta or trophoblast grows and fills the

If the bleeding you are experiencing is occurring earlier than you  expected period, it may be one of these causes of spotting before period.

Heavy Bleeding During Implantation

Bleeding during Implantation  is mild bleeding and   not  heavy. If you have  heavy bleeding and thinking  it is due to implantation, then that bleeding episode  is likely not implantation  spotting or bleeding in the first place. See Heavy Implantation spotting or bleeding.

A related question   is implantation spotting blood clots, which is also not a feature of normal implantation.

What Should I Do?

If you suspect you are having implantation spotting, then do the following

  1.  Ensure that what you are experiencing  is “truly” bleeding due to implantation. If you are unsure, review the symptoms of bleeding during implantation again.
  2. Confirm  the pregnancy with a home pregnancy test. See very early pregnancy signs.
  3. If the bleeding makes you concerned that something might be wrong, then it is very likely not implantation bleeding. Please see  a doctor for proper and timely medical evaluation.


Harville EW, Wilcox AJ, Baird DD, Weinberg CR. Vaginal bleeding in very early pregnancy. Hum Reprod 2003; 18:1944.

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  • she

    my last period date was 8th of may and i am having thyroid. on 4th of june i have noticed pinkish spotting and on 11th of june again in morning i have noticed light spotting. and guyz pls help me out i need to concieve at earliest as possible.

  • nervousmummy

    Hi, Doc. I took a clear blue HPT on Tues am (10/06). It said I was 1-2 weeks pregnant 🙂 I booked to see my GP on Fri am (13/06) and took another test the same morning just to be sure (again, it said 1-2 weeks pregnant). My GP said he was happy with the HPT’s so didn’t run any additional tests, but dated my pregnancy from my last menstrual cycle (11th May) meaning I am now 5 weeks pregnant. Last night (Sunday) each time I went to the toilet I saw a tiny watered down brown spot (the equivalent of dabbing a small droplet of tea with a tissue) each time I wiped. This happened on about 4 separate occasions. When I went to bed I had a deep dull ache in my stomach, similar to period pain and my lower back was aching a little. (I was hoping this might be a pregnancy symptom? as I haven’t really had any symptoms yet). However, when I went to the toilet this morning the tiny spot had turned to a watery pink/red colour. On my second visit to the toilet, when I wiped there was a little bit of brown/red dried stringy mucus on the tissue. And later on (on 2 occasions) I found my underwear was stained with the pinky/brown watery marks. I have had no clots and it seems as though whatever is happening might have now stopped. I’m wondering:
    1) Could this have anything to do with implantation bleeding? breakthrough bleeding? (although isn’t 5 weeks is a little late for both?)
    2) Is there a chance I might be losing/have lost my baby? (Would a ‘new’ HPT help determine if I’m ‘still’ pregnant or would my hcg levels still be up either way?)
    3) My husband and I have been trying to conceive for 13 months and an SA result showed he had low morphology (2%). Is it possible that an abnormal sperm could have penetrated the egg and thus is now stopping the pregnancy from continuing?
    Thanks so much in advance for an help.

  • Barbara Bratton

    I was supposed to start my cycle 4 days ago (Wednesday) but instead spotted once pinkish on my tp and then once brownish on a panty liner then nothing the next day then on Friday one spot pinkish only tp and nothing Saturday or today could this have been implantation bleeding?Respond via email

  • Alicia Lynn Trevino

    I went off bc pills in Feb had the with drawl bleed and nothing since until this spotting begun 6days ago this is nothing like a period no clots no cramps no backache. .. my question is could this be implantation bleeding I took a urine test today and neg but I have no idea of when my period should have Ben here to begin with. .

  • Ash

    I face occasional small pink discharge from two weeks and before four days of my mensis

  • emily

    Im 19 and me and my fiance have recently stopped using and type of protection hes not even pulling out anymore i had a period on august 6th so i expected my bext period to be on seprember 4th but on august 29th i had light pink spotting that only lasted five minutes on the 30th the same thing happened then on the 31st i had the light spotting all day but it would stop for hours inbetween then on the 1st of september i had extremely light spotting then a extremely heavy period witch lasted for two days and stopped on september 3rd morning then nothing till the 4th and it was just 5 miniute spotting again . sorry tmi but is it something i should worry a7

  • LauraJ

    Had iui 15/9/14 started spotting day 10 post iui. Only blood when I wipe nothing on underwear. this is my 3rd day to see the blood. Preg test booked with hospital 30/9/14 which is the same day my period is due. is the blood a good sign I could be pregnant? Implantation bleed? my cycle normally 30 days

  • Laura

    Hi, I had iui on the 15th sept and day 10 post iui I have had blood when I wipe only. This has lasted for 3 days so far. Me period now due until 30th sept. My cycle is 30 days. Could this be implantation bleed? x

  • myeisha

    Me and my boyfriend had sex 9/30 the last day of my ovulation and then on 10/6 he came in me both times I was suppsoed to start my period tomorrow but I bled for 4 days last week. My breast are very sore and have gotten bigger im experiencing fatigue, im always tired, every time I eat I feel sick could I possibly be pregnant?

  • jasz

    Hi I’m 19 yes of age. OK so in February I got my depo shot, had no periods(which was fine). 7/22 wasuppose to get my 3rd depo shot, but I didn’t. Then my period came on the Sept. 12-15 and Sept.26 – Oct.1.. On Oct 12th I had sex with my Bf, few hours later I started spotting(light red). But this is my 4th day still spotting(regular red, light tummy cramps). But when i stand up, & go pee thats when itll flow a little or alot. My bf says its not my period, thinks I’m prego. I think its irregular bcuz of the depo, just my body cleaning herself. I need someone else serious answer/opinion.

  • thando

    For how many days does implementation bleeding takes

  • Sam

    Hi, i did not have a period last month, and i did have unprotected sex well half was unprotected but whatever, anyhow, around a weekish after my “missed” period i have been experiencing blood when i wipe, it is dark red to light red to brown, and its always there when i wipe. Sometimes its faint other times, well most times, its bright red and slimey and mostly always has clots, sometimes they are dark red and then a couple times it was black clots. I have had experienced this last month with my period, i thought i missed but after a few days it cme with a vengence. Im worried that i might be pregnant, but have no idea if i am or not i took a test a week after my missed period and it was negetive. I just want some advise. I tdo not have sore boobs, but with in the last coupld of days ive been cramping lightly. This, well, whatever you call it has been going on for almost a week and a half. What do you think it is?

  • angie sue

    Hello. I started my period on about the 13th of January. and about 3 days later, my husband and i had sex, without protection.. it is now the 6th of February and yesterday morning i noticed some light spotting when i wiped,, and then nothing! it just went away.. im wondering if i could be pregnant ( I should start within a week from today) or if im just over reacting.. Please help me 🙂 ~~Angie~~

  • stace xx

    Hi . Can any one help me i had sex on thursday morning with my partner. After i notice a little spottin pinkish blood. This lasted a couple pf hours i have had cramps for over a week now. I was due my period The 12th the same day i noticed the spotting but i have had nothing else . :/

  • mems

    I have a problem. i had a light bleeding on 16 – 18th february 2015 and the same repeated on 22nd and 23rd February 2015. i have not seen my periods this month. i usually have irregular periods. what could be the problem? please help. mems

  • brandi

    Hi today I started my period on 3/8 which I am not due for another 4 to 5 days. For the past two weeks I have been experiencing very sore and sensitive boobs, and I have been extremely fatigue
    I started off getting cramps while i weirdly had a heavy flow within hours when I changed my pad i noticed that I was not bleeding and have brownish blood that is barely there. I took a home pregnancy test a few days ago, but they came out negative. What should I do?

  • Help me

    I am worried late time I had my period was 1/30/2015 throught 2/3/2015 all the month of February I did get my period . So comes March 15 2015 I thouhg I was getting it but it’s just spotting pinkish blood it comes and goes is this conceder implantation you think i might be pregnant I haven’t taking a pregnancy test

  • Kellie

    So I’ve always had irregular periodsas long as I could remember. Not to where I don’t gave a period or a very light flow, but to where its 2 or so times a month and usually heavy. I get regular obgyn checkups and I also have a almost 3 year old son. And im sexually avtive with a steady boyfriend.
    Well out of no where my period just stopped about a month ago I guess. Then last weekend I had pinkish spotting for 3 days and then a little today but just when I wiped. Every now and then I get nauseous but mainly at night or once in a car ride home. I’ve had slight cramping a couple times but usually don’t last long. I’ve taken 3 pregnancy test within a few days apart and they’ve all been negative. So what’s the deal? Could I still be pregnant and just to early or what? What should I do?

  • teshia

    can you have mild cramps and no bleeding but still experiencing implantation bleeding

  • Kierra Collins

    So I been

  • Kierra Collins

    So I been ttc since I lost my son due to early birth April 6 2015 at six months I did not eat my sixs weeks more like a week I was at it again I came on my first period three days after birth bleeding stoped almost at the end of my period I jump in the tub to stop the flow in have unprotected sex almost everyday since last period today I would Have been two days lat coming on but three days ago I had a very little spots in my underwear like one or two than stoped till today witch makes it two days I spotted aging earlier it was clear with blood than hours later it came what I think is my period this never happened before please tell me I’m pregnant doc

  • Kai Naylor

    My period came on May 26 went off on June 4 , I had sex June 7 it came back on June 23 and went off June 28 it was supposed to come on July 21st but its was 2days early with light spotting and the next morning its heavy wit blood clots am I pregnant

  • jane

    I recently experienced spotting two weeks after my period began. It was light pink or brown only when I used the bathroom…this went on for three days. Then on the fourth day I had cramps that lasted about an hour and heavier bright red blood that required the use of a pad. The amount of blood passed did not warrant changing the pad more than once a day. Then the following day, I returned to spotting only when using the restroom beginning the day with bright red and now it has returned to a pinkish color. I had a blood pregnancy test done and it came back normal. Could I still be pregnant and it’s just two early to detect? I’m not due to begin my period for another 10 days.

  • Tina

    Sunday night I started bleeding at 10:00 pm at night and noticed it was brown blood. Monday it was a regular flow but bright red. Went to the doctor Monday and negative pregnancy test. Tuesday it lighter.,no cramps,no hot flashes. Just tingly boobs and spotting. Is this normal implantation bleeding or a irregular period? I was sexually active about two weeks back of Tuesday.

  • leslie323

    My last period was on 10/26-11/1 i had sex with my husband every day of my fertility window we are ttc i track my period with a period calendar app i was supposed to get my period on 11/23/15 but i didn’t and barely yesterday 11/27/15 in the morning i noticed light pinkish when i wiped after using the restroom so i felt disappointed thought it was my period i pit on a tampon but all no more blood no more pinkish strick just light brownish mucus and clear mucus also could this be implantation bleeding? As of today 1128 no bleeding at all no period like cramps please help doc

  • Kira

    I started my period on December 2, 2015 and it ended on the 8th. 17 days later I got my period again! I have 3 children and I did have a very light short period in the very beginning before taking a pt. I’m not suppose to get my period again until the 2nd or 3rd of January. This is day number two of this weird bleeding. I’m wandering if this is implantation bleeding. I have a 30-33 day cycle. My husband and I have also been trying to concieve. Im excited, confused and worried lol. The flow is kind of medium but not spotting. It’s brown and bright red and has a quite light flow. My usual flow is heavy with harsh cramps then it goes to a light flow by the 4th day. When should I take a PT to see if I am actually pregnant? I do feel fatigue, headaches and nausea. I feel like yuck. Thanks

  • Lyade

    My last period was Dec 8th and had protected sex either the 12 or 13 but since Dec 21 I’ve been feeling like crap. I puked once and since then I’ve been wanting to puke after almost anything and been having lower back pains and starting last night in Dec 25 I very lightly bleed (have to stick the tp all the way up there to get anything) but the Dec 26 no lightly bleeding what so ever but then on Dec 27 very lightly bleeding but in the 28 nothing again.

    Period is suppose to start on Jan 2nd.

  • carlee

    hi I had my last cycle on the third of December and nothing showed up than I had been counting days its was 27 days on the book plus me and my bf had sex on the 11th and he nut in me and he did it again on 18th of December and today I’m having light spotting is that implantation or Af visiting me

  • Rose Viasana

    I have 4 kids so you would think id know my body when it comes to be
    pregnant but this time is way different and im very confused. I have all
    the symptoms of being PG, a week before i was suppose to start my
    period i literally spotted once and for a day. The freaky thing isnt
    that, its the fact that not but maybe 5 or 6 days later i stared
    spotting aging but only noticed enough when i go pee but not heavy like a
    normal period. My breast hurt so bad and are super tender, my lower
    back kills me and im always so tired now which isnt normal for me.
    Anyone out there that can give me some suggestions on what could be the
    problem ? i’m nervous

  • Kasondra Kerr

    So I had bleeding for 24 hours lighter in color and also not heavy four days before my period is due can this be implantaion bleeding

  • Blaire

    Early cycle on the 24th of December an I spotted/ large blood clots on NYE an it went away now 15 days later large clots of blood on 01/16/2016 again what’s going on ? I’ve been TTC for 6 months ? Help

  • Bb

    I had sex three times on dec 29th. Last day of my period. But ovulated three days later. My cycle is affected by stress. I took a test 11 days later negative. Then this past friday . Jan 15… I had mild cramping that started and lasted two days. Mostly lower left. With pink discharge/spotting. Nothing now- no period. Took another test today negative. But feel off- full breasts- tired- food aversions- dizzy and gassy/burpy. Should i wait and do another test? If so how long?

  • sam

    Hi doc! So recently I got back with my partner who I’ve 1 beautiful daughter to so on the 16th of Dec we had had unprotected sex up until now!. I had my period early this month it was due on the 16th of Jan and I got it on the 13th it lasted 3 days as normal but as I wiped myself last night I had pinky clearly DISCHARGE? Could I be pregnant

  • Genevieve Okonkwo

    Pls doctor I need your help. I had unprotected sex with hubby and I am suppose to be seeing my period on the 23 of this month. But on the 20th I had a light spotting with cramps the next day the spotting becomes red with clots it stopped on the third day and started again within half the day. Is not like my normal period, can I be able to have a miscarriage at this stage? Pls help doc.

  • mommy505

    LMP Jan 22, pink when i wipe feb 10,11 (couples times) took preg text feb 16 came back neg next period due feb 19th, today feb 17 mild cramping and pink when i wiped..sore boobs (veins as well more prominent) nauseas tired and moody… pregant or not is the question…HELP

  • Candis Bowman

    I had my cycle last month on the 25 normal but I came in early on Feb 18 no signs of my cycle no cramps or heavy bleeding feeling tired and sick could I be pregnant?

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  • Pooja Jain

    LMP April 16, used ovulation predictor kit and had sex on my most fertile days, even beyond those days. Sore boobs, fatigue, leg pain, heart burn. Took pregnacy test yesterday Imorning – clear negative then in the evening I could see very little spotting on my panty, after that I am using liner but there is nothing till today. I can see blood only when i am wiping ….. Can it be implantation bleeding or regular period? I never had this kind of period before, I always have heavy bleeding for first 2-3 days. Please please please help