How long does implantation bleeding due to pregnancy last for, and how can I differentiate this from a period bleed?

Doctor's Answers (1)

Dr Christopher Ng

"More than 20 years of obstetrics and gynaecology experience"

As both types of "bleeding" can occur around your expected menstrual period, this is why some women may find it difficult to differentiate between the two. What makes matters more confusing is that women's menstrual bleeding can vary vastly.

Implantation bleeding tends to be light bleeding that lasts for 1-2 days and is usually painless or associated with mild cramp.

The blood is usually dark red signifying that it is not fresh bleeding. The typical menstrual bleeding for most women is usually bright red, can start off light before becoming heavier and lasts for between 3-7 days.

This may or may not be associated with cramp. A urine pregnancy test would show up negative if tested during the menstrual period.

In the case of implantation spotting, if the implantation is successful then the urine pregnancy test could indicate early pregnancy. If you are ever in any doubt, it is best to see your gynaecologist for a review and clarification.

Health on the Net Foundation

This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information: verify here.

© 2020 DoctorxDentist PTE LTD. All rights reserved.

All content posted is for general informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice. This Q&A is not a patient consultation and any information provided herein is not intended to replace consultation with a qualified medical professional. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor immediately. Always seek the advice of your doctor before starting or changing treatment.

Quote RequestWhatsapp