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Implantation Bleeding 101

Implantation Bleeding 101

What you need to know about implantation or spot bleeding – what it is, when it happens, and whether you need to get advice about your pregnancy.

What is Implantation Bleeding?

Implantation bleeding (sometimes referred to as ‘Spot Bleeding’) is one of the first signs you may notice if you are pregnant. The bleeding occurs when a fertilised egg travels down the Fallopian tube and attaches (implants) into the lining of the uterus. Only one in three women experience implantation bleeding when pregnant. The bleeding is generally pink or brown in colour, and is not accompanied by cramps.

When does implantation bleeding occur?

After fertilisation of the egg occurs, the egg will take approximately 3 days to make its way from the Fallopian tubes down to the uterus. It will then begin to attach itself to the uterus lining, however implantation bleeding is generally noticed 6-10 days after ovulation.

Do all women experience implantation bleeding?

No, it is believed only one third of pregnant women will experience implantation bleeding.

Can I take a Pregnancy Test if I notice implantation bleeding?

Yes, the implantation bleeding will not affect the result of a pregnancy test. It is advised to use a highly sensitive pregnancy test such as our Fertility2Family products and use first morning urine. This is as the levels of Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG) only begin to increase once implantation has occurred, and thus are likely to be very low. If you do take a pregnancy test, and the result is negative, wait 2-3 days, and if your period has not arrived test again. Hopefully at this stage your HCG levels will be high enough to be detected and confirm pregnancy.

Signs of implantation

– A small amount of spotting or bleeding (referred to as implantation bleeding).
– If you are monitoring your Basal Body Temperature (BBT), you many notice a second rise in temperature about 6-10 days after ovulation. To track your BBT you will need a highly sensitive Basal/Ovulation Thermometer such as the Fertility2Family’s BBT thermometer in our product catalogue.