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What Is Implantation Bleeding Or Spotting?

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Updated April 11, 2014

Definition: Implantation bleeding, or implantation spotting, is a small amount of vaginal bleeding that may occur about 10 days after conception when the fertilized egg attaches itself to the uterine wall. Some women notice a drop or smear of blood on their panties or on toilet paper, while many others may not experience implantation bleeding at all. Just like the other symptoms of early pregnancy, you may experience implantation bleeding during one pregnancy but not during another pregnancy.

Implantation bleeding that occurs about a week to ten days after ovulation is a good indicator of early pregnancy. Bleeding or spotting that occurs at any other time does not indicate that you are pregnant.

If you're pregnant and you experience vaginal bleeding that is not implantation bleeding, contact your health care provider for instructions.

See: Am I Pregnant? The Signs and Symptoms Of Early Pregnancy

Common Misspellings: inplantation bleeding

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