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ask: Implantation Bleeding or Menstruation?

By Anonymous

I’m confused and wonder if you could lend some advice or your own thoughts on the differences that you have experienced on this topic.
I have regular cycles around 27 days (sometimes 26). My menstruation typically starts light and is super heavy the second day (red in color). It typically lasts 4-5 days. On day 12 of my cycle I have a positive OFK and subsequently had intercourse. I either ovulated on day 13 or 14 so today would be around CD 11. Yesterday morning, I started with a very bright colored blood and then experienced nothing until later in the afternoon. Later it was more and I had some cramping. I used a tampon b/c I did not have pads. That night it was only on one side. Two different times I had a drop on my underwear. Overnight it did not fill half the tampon. Today was the same thing. In fact after six hours and then checking the tampon, it was filled about half way, but my guess is that it was not soaked all the way through. The color is not the same as usual, but it seems like I shouldn’t have that much blood b/c what I read says “spotting”. Typically, today I would be really heavy and it is about half that. It is also three or four days prior to my period so I am confused. It feels like a period, but I am unsure because of the bright color and amount. Any thoughts? Thanks!

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My period is usually heavy in the beginning then slows down bout the 4th day. I usually have my cycle for about 5-6 days. This month I was 12 days late. When I started it was very light. I didn't even need a pad the first 3 days. The 4th day I needed a panty liner cuz I started bleeding just a little more but only for a liner. Well this my 6th day and still lightly bleeding. Normally I get the cramping the first 2 days but I didn't get the cramping til my 4th day and today bein my 6th day I've been crampin off and on and it really is painful. Any suggestions to why it's totally opposite? I got the essure procedure done last February so I'm not suppose to beable to have anymore kids but the more I read up on it the more I hear bout women gettin pregnant even after the procedure. Could it be my period just bein different or could it possibly be the coils???

April 20, 2014 - 10:35pm
Susan Cody HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hi Anon

Thanks for your post!

Yes, this could be a side effect of essure but if you are in pain like this, you really need to call your doctor. 

You should take a pregnancy test to rule that out - some women on essure can get pregnant and it sometimes results in an ectopic pregnancy. Not trying to panic you but take a test to be sure. 

What method of 90 day back-up birth control are you using until you are tested to make sure you are no longer fertile? 

We hope to hear back from you soon but please call your doctor.


April 21, 2014 - 9:46am
K_hoskins2009 (reply to Susan Cody)

Hello Susan and thanks for messaging me. I took a test Friday and it was negative. I actually have to wear a pad today cuz I'm bleeding more. It's like each day it gets more and more. My cramps still there but not as bad. I got the essure done last February and got the dye done. The dye didn't go through. But when I was reading there was woman to get pregnant mostly after the 2 year mark but a couple woman got pregnant after a few months. They had got the due test done too. Maybe my period is just weird this month. What's an ectopic pregnancy?

April 21, 2014 - 3:41pm
Susan Cody HERWriter Guide (reply to K_hoskins2009)

Hi again! 

An ectopic pregnancy is when the pregnancy stays in the Fallopian tube instead of going back into the uterus to grow. While there have been rare cases of successful ectopic pregnancies, most need to be terminated immediately. 

I'd still encourage you to talk to your doctor if your pain does not subside. 



April 22, 2014 - 10:24am
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I had unprotected sex everyday of my fertile window including ovulation day and the afterwards I have been noticing signs but as far as my period I always been heavy and had cramps leading up to the day that my period is due but this month I had no cramping until the day of and even then the cramps are way lighter then my regular cramps and the blood has been light day one it started off light pink mixed with red and slimy discharge and now its day two and the blood is light red with slimy discharge.....could this be implantation bleeding? (and sn I rarely spot before my period and when I do its brown)

April 7, 2014 - 10:32pm
Maryann Gromisch RN Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hello Anonymous,

Normally, implantation bleed is scanty and pink or brownish in color. It occurs a week to a few days before your period would normally start.

I am doubtful that this discharge is implantation bleeding, but I can be wrong. Since you had unprotected sex through out your fertile period, you could be pregnant.

Consider consulting your gynecologist.


April 9, 2014 - 5:20pm
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Anonymous (reply to Maryann Gromisch RN)

I only had this "light bleeding" for 3 or 4 days and then brown spotting the next day all with little to no cramping which is unlike my period. I dont feel like how I felt before except for me feeling sick with a stuffy nose and sore throat but I took it as thats just my allergies.

April 10, 2014 - 8:45pm
EmpowHER Guest

So, Hi Everyone I Need Help. I've Been Experiencing A Lot Of Pregnancy Symptoms. Such As, Headaches, Bloating, Diarrhea, Fatigue, Nausea (No Throwing Up But Close), First They Wore Sensitive and Sore (My Nipples) And Now They're Itchy. I Have The Appetite I Usually Eat Fried Chicken Last Night I Picked Over It And Didn't Want It. I Have A Sharp Sense Of Smell. Now Today I Woke Up With Cramping... A Little Tmi So Becareful, I Was Having A Bowel Movement (Diarrhea) And I Found Very Very Light Bloodier Stuff Coming Out Of My Va J J. It Is Not Red It Is Very Light Brown. My Period Is 7 Days Late And I Am Still Cramping Should I Be worried?

January 24, 2014 - 6:55am
Maryann Gromisch RN Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hello Anonymous,

Have you had unprotected sex since your last period? If so, then there is a chance that you could be pregnant.

A home pregnancy test will give you the answer you are looking for. With the availability of affordable and convenient testing that can be done in the privacy of your home, there is no need to keep guessing based on symptoms.


January 24, 2014 - 11:28am
EmpowHER Guest

Ok so my period Was late 19 days and I was happy yesterday when it came But I found out when I wape not because the blood Dripped down .... but it's
weird because when I wape my self I see blood and cloths but on my pad there's barley any it's like I'm finishing my period ... My flow is never that light in my first or second day .... Could implantation bleeding come late??? Or could it be all the stress I've had ...... I had sex dec 21 I've taken 3 test And all of them came negative
I need help

January 20, 2014 - 7:18am
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