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ask: Implantation Bleeding or Menstruation?

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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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I'm not entirely sure what is going on with my cycle.... maybe pregnant maybe not? First day of AF was 5/31 and lasted the normal 4-5 days, had a very light bleed (barely lasted 48 hours) 6/11-12. DH and I are not TTC, but we're not not TTC and have had intercourse many times this cycle both before and after 6/11 with no bc methods. Expecting AF 6/27 but now really nauseous past 2 days, noticed my breasts feel different, appetite change, unusual fatigue, and noticed a few differences down there (usually by this time in cycle I'm dry but not now, and lots of discharge-- not to be gross or TMI). I also have headaches more than normal, nose very runny and my face is breaking out really bad, kinda like AF but worse.... same thing happened when I found out I was pregnant with my son in 2011. Any ideas? Am I pregnant and should get a test, or just a very wacky cycle?
Any advice and answers are greatly appreciated.

-- avianmom

June 24, 2014 - 8:32pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

UPDATE: I'm going to chalk it up to a really weird cycle.... got my period this morning 6 days late! If AF hadn't shown up today, I would've picked up a test after work... good thing I waited, a BFN is the last thing I need to see when I want another baby so badly.
Oh well, better luck next time, I hope.

July 3, 2014 - 1:12pm
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okay me and my fiancée have been trying to get pregnant and I have a 31 day cycle I don't get my period till the 23 of every month , but today on the 21 I wiped had a little blood but not much , is it possible it could be implantation bleeding ?

June 21, 2014 - 10:56am
Susan Cody HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hi Anon

It could be implantation bleeding but because it's so close to your due date, it's more likely to be your period on it's way. If you don't get your period, then take a test. 

Good luck! 


June 24, 2014 - 10:39am
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I have been spootting dark brown bleed for 3 and its stop for 4 then started for another 4 days. Now am a day late for my period but feeling so dizzy, weak and sleepy as well, can someone please help out because am so worried, am not useing any bc and i have been trying for baby for sometime.

June 20, 2014 - 2:56am
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I have been off bc for 2 months now, my husband and I are not TTC but are not not TTC. My period was due on the 10/6 and the week leading up I had the usual feelings that AF was on her way! On the 11/6 I had a little bit of blood when I wiped so assumed AF had come, but that was it for the rest of the day. This continued until the 14/6.
The last few days I have been very fatigued, napping during the day, bloated, feeling 'blah', slight cramping (like AF is coming) and a few spots of acne are popping up, which I don't usually have a problem with.
The 16/6 I had another cramping sensation and a bit of blood, but that seems again to be a once off.

I haven't taken a test yet, as still feel like AF is coming, but if she doesn't come this week I will :)

Could this be because my body is still trying to get back to normal after going off the BCP or could I be experiencing early pregnancy symptoms? So confused as if this is implantation or menstration bleeding. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

June 15, 2014 - 7:46pm
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Hello need advice please my partner and i r trying for bub my periods have been regular 28 days anyway i had unprotected sex on the days ive been ovulating its been 12 days since i first ovulated today i went to toilet to see on paper that there is spotting of light pinkish blood tiny bit my period isnt due for 8 days i have no cramps no bachaches no sore breasts they do look big tho ive been getting fuller quicker gassy and very moody can someone please tell me whats goin on

June 15, 2014 - 3:36am
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Hi im confuse so early these week me and my partner had sex , next day i notice after going to pee that i was bleeding a light. Red colored blood that you could only notice when i wipe after peen the problem is that I'm not sure if is my period or something else these is new to me because i had never experience something like that it would be really helpful is someone helps me understand what is going on ?

June 11, 2014 - 1:34am
Susan Cody HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hi Anon

It sounds like sex triggered your period and it's starting. This actually happens quite a lot to some women! 



June 13, 2014 - 10:16am
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I'm 26yrs old n have 2 kids. My periods are normally around 6-7 days they usually start light then get heavy. My last period started very heavy for the first day then it was super super light the next 4 days then stopped. After 3 days of no period I started spotting very light pink and it is on and off for 3 days now. What could it be. I've been having all kinds of pregnancy symptoms for about 2wks now but then I started my period so now I'm not sure. We don't want to take a test yet becuse we don't want a negative we've been trying for a while now. Any ideas?

May 31, 2014 - 8:09am
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