Simply put, implantation (also called “nidation”) is the beginning of everything! It’s when you are officially pregnant and a new life is just about to start growing inside of you. Implantation is a medical word for implantation, and it’s the moment when the fertilized ovum settles into the lining of the uterus.

A lot of women ask about implantation or implantation bleeding. The difference is, implantation occurs in every pregnancy. However, implantation bleeding only happens in a small number of cases.

Implantation has to occur in order for the pregnancy to be viable at all. The embryo needs to attach to the endometrium in order to gain the nutrients and blood it requires to develop into a baby. When the embryo reaches the uterus, it digs into the lining and makes sure it is properly secured. If it isn’t attached sufficiently, you run the risk of having a miscarriage or problems with the pregnancy later on.

So, if you’ve passed your fertile period and are now waiting for a signal to show that you’re pregnant, don’t go looking for implantation bleeding. Very few women actually get this spotting. Additionally, if you do get it, you may mistake it for the beginnings of your menstruation.

Implantation bleeding

What exactly does this bleeding look like? It should be a very light bleed and appear like spotting. It’s usually dark brown or light pink. In some cases, the blood will look red and fresh, and that is when it’s often confused for the start of menstruation.

How do you know if it’s implantation bleeding or just your menstruation starting early? Simple, menstruation will increase in volume and continue for around five days. Implantation bleeding, on the other hand, is only a little spotting of blood and should stop after two days at most.

If the bleeding stops and menstruation doesn’t occur when it’s supposed to, the best thing to do is take a pregnancy test. The test may come back as negative if you take it too early, so it is best to wait until your menstruation is definitely late. If you still get a negative result, consult your doctor about the possible causes of the spotting.

Recurring questions from readers

We receive many of the same or similar questions when it comes to implantation. Here are some of the most regular questions we get and the answers:

Does implantation bleeding always happen?

No, it does not. In fact, this bleeding is actually quite uncommon for the majority of women. Most women only realize that they might be pregnant once their menstrual period is late.
If you do get implantation bleeding, it will only be a light spotting that many women mistake for early menstruation or don’t even notice it at all.

What are the symptoms of implantation?

The symptoms aren’t usually very strong for most women. You may, however, experience cramps or stabbing pains in the lower abdomen that are similar to the cramps you get when menstruating. Another symptom you may feel is a rise in temperature. Implantation causes an increase in progesterone levels, which can cause your body temperature to rise.

How do you differentiate between menstruation and implantation?

This is the most frequent question that women ask about this important moment. Implantation is a light spotting that decreases after a maximum of two days. Menstruation, on the other hand, increases in volume after the initial spotting and continues for around five days.

What does implantation bleeding look like and when does it happen?

This bleeding is usually very light in terms of the amount of blood that comes out. The blood is also brown or light pink. It is very rarely fresh blood.
Implantation occurs 7 to 15 days after you have had sexual intercourse. This is also usually only if you were in your fertile period when you had intercourse.

How can you increase your chances of successful implantation?

The best way to increase your chances of conceiving is to work out when your fertile period is and ensure that you have sexual intercourse in that time. The more times you have intercourse, the more chances you have to fall pregnant.

Is implantation different if you have twins?

There is no evidence to suggest that the moment of implantation is any different for one baby or two babies, or even if you’re having more than twins.