Whether you are trying to get pregnant or potentially experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, there is one sign that may have you puzzled. Light, spotty or short bleeding may be a sign of implantation. This is confusing for some women because this light bleeding is often around the time a period is due.
What is implantation?
Are you wondering what is implantation? Implantation refers to the attachment of the fertilized egg to the uterine wall. Once the egg is fertilized the next step to determine if you have a pregnancy or not is implantation. The blastocyst, fertilized egg, travels down the fallopian tube and into the uterus looking to find a home in the uterine wall looking. Implantation normally takes place some time between 6 to 12 days following conception, usually occurring on day 9.
What is the implantation window?
The implantation window refers to the time frame where the endometrium is ready for implantation to occur. This period is approximately 4 days long. This 4 day period usually occurs within the 6 to 12 days post ovulation. Based on typical average cycles, this is normally between the 20th and 26th day of your cycle.
During this phase, the endometrium cells change into a state which allows the absorption of the uterine fluid. This helps the blastocyst (fertilized egg) get closer to the endometrium and supports mobilization.
It is quite possible that you may notice implantation because of light or spotty bleeding. When the blastocyst implants in the uterine wall, this sometimes creates bleeding in the process. However, don’t be alarmed if you don’t. Many women do not see any implantation bleeding. This bleeding is often considered the first sign or symptom of pregnancy.
Symptoms of Implantation
It is very important to stress that many women see or experience no signs or symptoms of implantation. It is considered normal to not see any symptoms. With that stated, there are a couple of symptoms that could indicate implantation. Some women report a twinge and isolated sensation in there uterine area. Others have said it seemed like the onset of cramping and their pending period.
The most recognizable symptom of implantation is the light or spotty bleeding. This light bleeding is actually referred to as implantation bleeding and it usually occurs before your period is due. If you are watching for it, it is usually the first sign of successful conception. If it is unplanned, it is a symptom that often leads to confusion.