Period or Pregnancy?

A young woman not feeling well, wondering if her symptoms are related to her period or possible pregnancy.
A young woman not feeling well, wondering if her symptoms are related to her period or possible pregnancy.


Implantation bleeding can be an early sign of pregnancy

It can be hard to tell the difference between implantation bleeding and your period since implantation usually happens around the same time your period should start.

So how can you tell the difference? 

Most women can’t but there are some things to consider such as color, amount, consistency, and length of time bleeding lasts.  Most implantation bleeding is either pink or dark rust-colored, it is typically much lighter than a woman’s normal flow, does not contain clots, and can last a few hours or up to 3 days.

What causes implantation bleeding, I hear you ask?  It typically occurs more in women who are pregnant for the first time.  It is caused by the fertilized egg burrowing into the wall of the uterus; it can break some of the blood vessels – which causing bleeding.  If you experience this type of bleeding, you don’t need to go to the emergency room!  However, if you have heavy bleeding, clots, or significant abdominal pain these symptoms are not typical of implantation bleeding and may require medical attention.

So if you have questions about whether light bleeding is your period or pregnancy, reach out to Alcove Health Women’s Clinic today to schedule an appointment for your free pregnancy test.  You deserve medically accurate information so you can make the best decision for your reproductive health. Make your free and confidential appointment by clicking HERE or by calling 757-591-8141 today.

By Kinta, RN, BSN, Nurse Manager



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