Can Implantation Bleeding Be Heavy?

When a woman becomes pregnant, the egg becomes implanted in the wall of the uterus. Some women may feel a sudden jolt of pain or cramps when this occurs, and bleeding is possible. Throughout the menstrual cycle, vaginal discharge and bleeding are normal. When these occur at the wrong times of the month or in abnormal amounts, it can be a sign of something more serious. If you believe that you could be pregnant and just experienced spotting, you may want to take a pregnancy test. If the test comes back negative, you may have to wait a few weeks for a positive result or you may want to consult with the doctor to figure out the cause of your bleeding.

How Heavy Can Implantation Bleeding Be?

For most people, implantation bleeding does not occur or it is extremely light. Although it is normally just spotting and extremely short, there are millions of women who have had heavier, more intense implantation bleeding. Depending on your hormones and genetics, implantation bleeding can last for a few hours or a few days. Often, it will occur on and off for several days before stopping on its own. Although it is normal for it to last certain amounts of time or be lighter, there are no rules for how your body specifically will handle implantation. In some cases, heavy implantation bleeding can last for up to four days.

When to Get Medical Help

It is normal to have implantation bleeding for a short period of time, and it is generally light. Although even heavy implantation bleeding is considered normal, there are some symptoms that you should watch out for. If you notice any of the following symptoms, you should make an appointment with your doctor or seek immediate medical care because it could be a sign of a more serious problem. Heavy implantation bleeding can also be a sign of a miscarriage, so you need to make sure that you get medical help.

  • Post menopausal bleeding
  • Pathological spotting can be a sign of health conditions like endometriosis, uterine fibroids or cancer in the reproductive system.
  • Light-Headedness
  • Extreme Pain
  • Fatigue

The Difference Between Implantation Bleeding and Your Period

Think of Your Timing

Normally, the menstrual cycle can vary from 24 days to 40 days. On average, most women have a 28 day cycle and ovulation occurs 14 days before your period is expected to occur. When you conceive, it is always around ovulation. The egg is only present for 12 to 24 hours after ovulation, so fertilization must occur in this time period. Once the egg is fertilized, it implants on the wall of the uterus about 10 to 14 days later. When it implants, you may experience other symptoms. Many women who experience implantation bleeding do not realize what they are experiencing, since implantation occurs close to the time when they woman would normally start her menstrual cycle. If you do experience bleeding prior to the time that your period normally starts, it could be a sign of implantation.

How Does It Look?

The color of the blood during implantation and your period varies drastically. When you have implantation bleeding, it will generally be extremely light and you may only need a panty liner. Often, women only experience spotting at random or a single incidence of spotting.

When you have implantation bleeding, it will normally start out looking pink or brown before it turns into a darker color. This happens because it takes longer for the blood to travel through the vagina and the uterine walls. If the blood is from your menstrual cycle, it will normally be red in color and become heavier as time progresses instead of stopping.

Consider Your Symptoms

When you have your period, you normally experience cramps and similar symptoms. With implantation bleeding, you might not experience any symptoms or you could experience some cramping. Some women have reported experiencing symptoms like nausea, bloating, swollen breasts, increased basal body temperature, tender breasts and nausea. Symptoms that are normally considered a sign of pregnancy like increased sensitivity to smell, increased urination or fatigue are also considered signs of implantation bleeding.

By paying attention to your symptoms, the length of bleeding and the intensity of bleeding, you can figure out if you are having your period or implantation bleeding. If you think that your bleeding is heavier than it should be, make sure to get medical help because this could be a sign of a miscarriage or another health condition.

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  1. I am 26 years old. My cycle is 35-37 days long. We had unprotected sex just before the week my period was due. I had my regular cramps but no period the following week. I have sore breats, enlarged nipples, nausea, cramping, fatigue, sleepiness. I am a regular and never missed my period before. Now I am 12 days late and have bleeding. It is not like my menstural. It is lighter than usual and not quite red as my regular period but it is not spotting. I have to wear a pad. I took hpt that came out negative. Could this be the implantation bleeding? Can i still be pregnant.

    • It is possible that you were experiencing an unusual period. It is possible that you were experiencing implantation bleeding. Continue to monitor your experiences for additional pregnancy symptoms. Take a pregnancy test five days after your normal period date. Confirm the result of your test with a medical professional. Best of luck, Shanon!

  2. Hi, I had my Mirena IUD removed on Sept 11 with the TTC plan. I had no periods for 3 years of having it. On Sept 28 I thought I had what could be implantation bleeding but was lighter in color than I would expect. It lasted 1 evening. Negative pregnancy test. Then I started getting very tender breasts, light cramps, and then on Oct 1st evening I got what I thought was period but much darker blood (brown pretty much) and much lighter in bleeding than a period. Only some drops still this morning and other symptoms have resolved. Could it be implantation bleeding or just my period trying to make its appearance back into the world?

    • It is possible that you experienced an unusual period. It is possible that your experiences were due to the removal of the IUD. It is possible that you were experiencing implantation bleeding. Take this time to continue to monitor your symptoms. Take another pregnancy test in five days. Confirm the result of your test with a medical professional. Best of luck, Jen!

  3. I had a period on September 2 to it end on the 5 or 6 we had sex all the 15, 16 and 17 then I came on again on September 28 .

    • It is possible that you were experiencing implantation bleeding. Continue to monitor your experiences for additional pregnancy symptoms. Take a pregnancy test five days after your normal period date. Confirm the result of your test with a medical professional. Best of luck, Danielle!

  4. my last period was 8/24 and since its regular i was expecting it on 9/21 but i had it on 9/14. 7 days early. and it only lasted for 2 days. not light but not heavy. i did pt but came out negative. could it be my period or should i try and do another pt?

    • It is possible that you were experiencing an usual period. It is possible that you experienced implantation bleeding. Continue to monitor the experiences that you are having for additional pregnancy symptoms. Take another pregnancy test at this time. Confirm the result of this test with a medical professional. Best of luck, Dana!

  5. So I had my period 8/21 (my first period since having my son on 6/5) and on 9/24 I took a test it came back positive but was light so I took another test on 9/26 and it was again slightly light but for sure positive. About mid morning on 9/26 my stomach felt tight not cramping but very tight. I went to the bathroom noticed a pink spotting with a clear liquid i lightly spotted through the day and had a tight stomach. Then about midnight my flow became heavier not super heavy but definitely close to that of a period this has continued til today but it has slightly lightened in flow but not stopped. I am torn between it being implantation bleeding (that’s what my husband thinks) a miscarriage or a period even though I had two positive tests..I guess I’m wondering if this sounds like a possible implantation bleeding and also how long after the bleeding stops should I take a test to check for pregnancy.. I can’t go to the hospital because insurance Won’t cover it

    • It is possible that you are experiencing symptoms of implantation bleeding. It is possible that you are having an unusual period. Take a pregnancy test at this time to confirm the result of your original test. Take this time to determine if your health or your finances are more important to you. Make an appointment with a medical professional at this time. Best of luck, Courtney!

  6. Hi, I had my period from the 2nd of September till the 5th, but it was very light.
    since sunday the 24th I had light pink discharge, but Tuesday it get more red like period till today, but only when I wipe its visible and very lightly on the pad. please help, might it be implantation or just normal perio?

    • It is possible that you are experiencing an unusual period. You may be experiencing implantation bleeding. Continue to monitor your experiences for additional symptoms of pregnancy. Take a pregnancy test five days after your normal period date. Confirm the result of your test with a medical professional. Best of luck, Desiree!

  7. My husband and I are trying to conceive one more time…I had my last cycle on 08-30-17 and we had unprotected sex almost every day this month skipping on 3 days but not in a row I have a 30 day cycle and it always starts heavy and very clotty… Today I had light spotting at first and it got a little heavy but only for a liner… But it is dark pinkish brown but I’m scared it is AF… Help… I’ve had increased appetite for over a week and vomiting and nausea… Help Im scared it didn’t take again…

    • It is possible that you are experiencing implantation bleeding. You may also be experiencing additional pregnancy symptoms. Take a pregnancy test five days after your normal period date. Confirm the result of your test with a medical professional. Have a great day, Nikki!

  8. My period was 5 days late. My last period was on the 20th of Aug with painful cramps. I started bleeding on the 22nd with mild cramps and stopped on the 24th. Never have I had a period that short. What could be the reason for such a short period or why was is so late?

    • It is possible that you are experiencing an unusual period. You may be experiencing implantation bleeding. Continue to monitor your experiences for additional pregnancy symptoms. Take a pregnancy test five days after our normal period date. Confirm the result of your test with a medical professional. Have a great day, Jasmine!

    • Hello I had my last period from 22 Aug..my expecting period is 20-22 sept also.I had unprotected sex 28 sep and early 15 Aug now tody 26 sep I have bleeding and feel lower abdominal pain uneasyness body vomiting feeling.however from last week I was not feeling well specially craning on lower part too much…that was abnormal in my cycle…now I have bleeding like normal period BT abdominal pain still running (abnormal is it implantation bleeding?or any possibility pregnancy? Plz help to knw

      • It is possible that you are experiencing an unusual period. You may be observing symptoms of implantation bleeding. Continue to monitor these experiences for additional pregnancy symptoms. Take a pregnancy test five days after your normal period date. Confirm the result of your test with a medical professional. Have a great day, Jeni!

    • Hello I had my last period from 22 Aug..my expecting period is 20-22 sept also.I had unprotected sex 28 sep and early 15 Aug now tody 26 sep I have bleeding and feel lower abdominal pain uneasyness body vomiting feeling.however from last week I was not feeling well specially craning on lower part too much…that was abnormal in my cycle…now I have bleeding like normal period BT abdominal pain still running (abnormal is it implantation bleeding?or any possibility pregnancy? Plz help to knw….

      • It is possible that you are experiencing an unusual period. You may be observing symptoms of implantation bleeding. Continue to monitor these experiences for additional pregnancy symptoms. Take a pregnancy test five days after your normal period date. Confirm the result of your test with a medical professional. Have a great day, Jeni!

  9. Hi, my cycle is between 40-42 days. I am expecting my next menstrual on the first week of October 2017 but blood come out Sept 23, 2017 and only lasted for 2 days. Now it stopped. I had sex Sept 16-21. Am I pregnant? I feel like im always tired and sense of smell is so exaggerating… Help!

    • It is certainly possible that you are experiencing implantation bleeding. Continue to monitor your experiences for additional pregnancy symptoms. Take a pregnancy test five days after your normal period date. Confirm the result of your test with a medical professional. Best of luck, Heinz!

  10. I Ovulated on the 13th this month, I noticed pink spotting yesterday at 8dpo and now it’s bright red and a little heavier like a light period with a couple clots nothing serious only other symptoms I have is a lil nausea off and on my breasts are very tingly and I’m having mild cramps off and on that I sometimes barely even notice I just want to know what’s happening…all of this started today at 9dpo my period isn’t due for another whole week!!

      • It is possible that you are experiencing an unusual period. It seems possible that you are experiencing signs of pregnancy. Continue to monitor your symptoms for additional pregnancy symptoms. Take a pregnancy test five days after your normal period date. Confirm the result of your test with a medical professional. Have a great day, Marlecia!

    • It is possible that you are experiencing an unusual period. It seems possible that you are experiencing signs of pregnancy. Continue to monitor your symptoms for additional pregnancy symptoms. Take a pregnancy test five days after your normal period date. Confirm the result of your test with a medical professional. Have a great day, Marlecia!

  11. Hello, I went to the doctor on 8-21-17 to have my nexplanon removed. My period started the next day on the 22nd. Yesterday 9-18-17 I noticed some light pink and brownish spotting with mild cramping, bloating, fatigue, dizziness, and I get very hot like a hot flash. Do you know what this could be? Today I’m actually going from pink to red bleeding but light enough to wear a panty liner.

    • It is possible that these experiences are due to the removal of your nexplanon. It is possible that you are experiencing an unusual period. It is possible that you are experiencing implantation bleeding. Continue to monitor your experiences. You will want to speak with your medical professional about your question. Best of luck, Lynette!

  12. Good Day to all.

    My Wife and i had Unprotected Sex on Sunday 17th September 2017 at around 14:30pm and she got her period the next day 18th September 2017 at around 08:30am, but her period came early and she is always late. We have been married for 6 months and could this be Implantation Bleeding or is it just her period? Please Help Thank You

    • It is possible that she is experiencing her period. It is possible that she is experiencing early signs of implantation bleeding. It is more likely that she is experiencing her period, but it is possible that she is pregnant. She should take a pregnancy test five days from now. She may want to speak with a medical professional to confirm the results. Have a great day, Yusuf!

  13. Hi,everyone, I have a 28days cycle, August 27, my period came and only last for two days and normally it last for 4days, takes a test and it show negative and I went to the doctor, and am not pregnant, but this month the 13 of September am starting bleeding. Can u help me

    • It is possible that you are experiencing an unusual period. It is possible that you have implantation bleeding. Continue to monitor your experiences for additional pregnancy symptoms. Take a pregnancy test five days after your normal period date. Confirm the result of your test with a medical professional. Have a great day, Synovia!

  14. Hi, so I usually get my period later in the month. I got my last one on the 19th of August. I had sex with my significant other around 1am on the 27th of August and 30 mins. after he came inside, I took Plan B. Few hours later it was around 6am I had discharge so I was thinking the pill worked. Yesterday I started spotting a little. It was a little paste-looking and dark brown. Later on it was jello-like and I could see a spot of blood. Today, it’s very light and sometimes I don’t see it anymore. Is this a sign of pregnancy? Is it because of the pill? It’s my first time so I wouldn’t know. Please help.

      • These symptoms may be caused by the emergency contraceptive. It is possible that it did not work and you are experiencing an unusual period or implantation bleeding. Continue to monitor your experiences for additional pregnancy symptoms. Take a pregnancy test five days after your normal period date. Confirm the result of your test with a medical professional. Best of luck, Laelani!

    • These symptoms may be caused by the emergency contraceptive. It is possible that it did not work and you are experiencing an unusual period or implantation bleeding. Continue to monitor your experiences for additional pregnancy symptoms. Take a pregnancy test five days after your normal period date. Confirm the result of your test with a medical professional. Best of luck, Laelani!

  15. Good evening ladies,l have been frequently urinating,and last month my mp started 15-21,to my suprise this month it started 10th,help,me l am not sure if its impantation bleeding or pregnancy,l had my miscarriage last year November,and from there l have been trying to conceive,help me

    • It is possible that you are experiencing implantation bleeding. Continue to monitor your experiences for additional pregnancy symptoms. Take a pregnancy test five days after your normal period date. Confirm the result of your test with a medical professional. Confirm the result of your test with a medical professional. Have a great day, Moddy!

  16. Hi.i have regular 28 cycle of period every month.but now i’m 8 days late for my period.but on 10.09.2017 the pregnancy test shows negative result.on 11.09.2017 i have notice some bleeding.im not sure if that is period or miscarriage or it just i have a late period.but a also got some pregnancy symptom like bloating, tiredness and nausea . Please help

    • It is possible that you are experiencing implantation bleeding. It is possible that you are having an unusual period. Continue to monitor your experiences for additional symptoms of pregnancy. Take a pregnancy test five days from now. You may find benefit in making an appointment with a medical professional. Best of luck, Melissa!

  17. I’ve recently gone on the pill it is my first month on them and on the 4 day of the placebo pill I got cramps that were pretty similar to my normal period and I got a very heavy flo for most of the dayd a big blood clot, but then it slowed done later on inton the night but the next day I was barely bleeding it was still dark red but slightly brownish and very light coming out. I’m not sure what’s going on.

    • You may be experiencing an unusual period. You may be experiencing implantation. These symptoms may be influenced by your birth control. Continue to monitor your experiences. Speak with your medical professional about your questions. They will have your medical history and will be able to test and treat you. Best of luck, Zariah!

  18. I recently went to the doctor and the nurse said I was in fact pregnant and I was go in through the early pregnancy stages but the odd thing is that i am bleeding like a normal period with several blood clots.Ive spoken to the doctor and she said there is no internal bleeding.This is my first pregnancy and I’m not sure what to do.

    • Continue to monitor your experiences for additional pregnancy symptoms. It is likely that you are experiencing implantation bleeding. Reduce stress in your life at this time. If you determine that you want to speak with a medical professional again, then make an appointment at this time. Best of luck, Monica!

  19. Hi I am 22 years old I have never had regular periods even when I was on the pill. I started spotting a light pink yesterday and it got worse today still not as bad as my usual period though ! My period is never ever early usually it is about 4 days later than my last period the prior month. last period I had was on the 17th so I don’t get why it would come this early so I think it may be implication bleeding but its heavier than I think it should be to be that. Also yesterday right after the tad bit of pink I went back to the bathroom and I had a small amount of brown now it is a darker red….. I just need to know because I had a miscarriage almost a year and a half ago my fiancé and I cant take another miscarriage I need to know if this could be our 2nd chance to be parents also I was nausea today and slept about 12 hours I think I possibly could be but with this amount of blood ( still less than my average period) I’m not sure if it is even possible to be implication bleeding please please please help I took a test but its honestly to early to show if I am or not !!!

    • It is possible that you are experiencing an unusual period. It is possible that you are experiencing symptoms of pregnancy. Since you have a history of miscarriage, it would be beneficial for you to speak with a medical professional. This will help to ensure that you are as safe as possible. Reduce stress in your life and make an appointment. Best of luck, Sam!

  20. Hi, I am 4- weeks pregnant my pregnancy levels are at a 3, I took 4 pregnancy tests and they all came back positive.. started bleeding yesterday went to e r they said it’s to early to tell if I am misscarrying or I will rise above and levels will rise.. I have been bleeding a lot.. but I have read it is common for some.. I am praying my baby will be okay.. I lost my mom in June I can’t lose another?

    • If you are pregnant and you recently experienced a miscarriage, then you should speak with a medical professional. Continue to monitor your experiences at this time for any unusual symptoms. Make an appointment with a medical professional at this time. If you want to speak with a medical professional now, then visit one. Have a great day, April!

      • Thank you for sharing your supportive and positive comment. Feel free to share more of your kindness and compassion in the future. Have a great day, Christin!

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