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How to know difference between implantation bleeding and menstrual bleeding?

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Dr. Aarti Abraham

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Posted on Tue, 2 Sep 2014 in Menstruation and Miscarriage
Question: How do i tell if it's implantation bleeding or its just my period
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Answered by Dr. Aarti Abraham 1 minute later
IMplantation bleeding occurs a week before periods, periods occur on time.
IMplantation bleeding is more like spotting, lasts only for a day or two and is scanty, while periods have full blown bleeding for 3 - 4 days.
If it is implantation bleeding, you will not have a period after a week, and you will have a positive pregnancy test.
Take care.
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Follow up: Dr. Aarti Abraham 9 minutes later
I was bleeding yesterday and it stopped while i was sleeping. And it continued bleeding when i woke up but the color was a dark red-brown and but the flow was not just spots it was like period flow and when i went to urinate, loads of blood came out. so i dont know
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Answered by Dr. Aarti Abraham 8 hours later
Brief Answer:
REQUESTING FEW DETAILS.

Detailed Answer:
First please provide me a few details.
When was your last menstrual period ?
When did you last have unprotected, or protected sex ?
What is the normal pattern of your cycles , in how many days do you menstruate and for how many days does the bleeding last, and is it preceded by spotting every time ?
Looking forward to hearing from you.
Take care.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Aarti Abraham 2 hours later
Im not sure if im having my period now. Its really a heavy flow of blood.
I have yet to have any sex this year, just fingering.
I usually menstruate for a week, and im not really sure what spotting means im sorry.
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Answered by Dr. Aarti Abraham 2 hours later
Brief Answer:
IT IS YOUR PERIOD, IF YOU HAVE NOT HAD SEX

Detailed Answer:
As you yourself described earlier , ' flow was not like spots ' - spotting means spotty , light, scanty bleeding.
It is not proper full blown red bleeding like a period, but is scanty , lightish red or brownish red.
If you have not had any sex recently, there is no cause for concern.
It cannot be implantation bleeding.
It is your period, dont worry.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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