Q: Please ma’am, how many days can implantation bleeding last?
A: Implantation bleeding is typically a small amount of light bleeding that occurs about 10 to 14 days after conception. It could last anything from a couple of hours to three days. This is thought to be due to implantation as the fertilized egg implants itself in the uterus (womb). This usually occurs in early pregnancy, close to or about the same time as the menstruation would be seen and is thus often mistaken for a period. But, it is usually lighter than menstrual…typically without clots. It would stop on its own and does not require further treatment. If the bleeding is heavier, associated with cramps or any other complication, please see your doctor.
Some tips to help distinguish implantation bleed from menstruation:
- Menstrual bleeding may have clots. Implantation bleeds have no clots
- Menstrual bleeding can fill sanitary towel(s). Implantation bleeds are usually described as spotting, as they just stain the panties
- Menstrual blood is typically bright to dark red. Implantation bleed is light pink to dark brown
- Implantation bleeds are usually shorter in duration than normal
As a rule of thumb really, any bleeding in pregnancy should be investigated as they may be due to more serious conditions like ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage and infections.
I hope this helps.
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