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What is implantation bleeding?

Implantation bleeding is often mistaken for spotting between periods. Typically implantation bleeding will happen somewhere between a week and a few days before your expected period.

Implantation bleeding will appear as darkish brown or pinkish in color. The blood can even be almost black due to the amount of time the blood travels in the body. The amount is typically sparse. If you are having bright blood or lots of it, it is likely not implantation bleeding.

Implantation bleeding is named as such because it is a result of a fertilized egg implanting in the uterine lining. The uterine wall is blood-rich environment. Implantation takes place roughly nine days after your body ovulates.

Sometimes a woman will experience cramping at the time of implantation. Other women do not report this experience.
 
Twenty to thirty percent of women will experience implantation bleeding. Not all women experience implantation bleeding. If you are trying to get pregnant, do not worry yourself watching for this small blood event. Many women get pregnant and never have any implantation bleeding whatsoever.

If you do see what you believe to be implantation bleeding, resist the temptation to run out and buy a pregnancy test. The test is simply not sophisticated enough to pick up on the hCG levels at the point of implantation bleeding and report a pregnancy. See here when to take a pregnancy test.
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The best timing for pregnancy testing is once you miss your period.
Ectopic pregnancies are fertilized eggs which implant themselves outside of the uterus. They must be terminated and can indicate future fertility issues.
Ovulation is the period during which you can conceive. Tracking ovulation can be tricky, but you can increase your chances of conceiving through math, prediction kits, or simple scientific observation.
Implantation bleeding is not a common experience, but some women do report small amounts of blood with or without cramping roughly a week or less before their anticipated period.
Pregnancy tests are only as good as the execution. Read all instructions to avoid getting inaccurate results on a home pregnancy test.
The best over the counter kits measure luteinizing hormone (LH).
There are many things that you can do to increase your chances of getting pregnant.
How STD’s can affect your pregnancy, your baby and how you should deal with them during pregnancy.
Taking care of your body before and during pregnancy
Ovulation occurs just about two weeks after the first day of your period.

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