Implantation Bleeding Color

Implantation Bleeding Color

What is implantation bleeding color and how long does it last. Only around 20 to 30 percent of women have light spotting or bleeding during implantation. Period blood is red blood while implantation blood is light pink or brown blood.

What is implantation bleeding?

Implantation bleeding is a light bleeding or spots of blood, usually pink or brown in color that happens when a fertilised egg attaches itself to the uterine lining for the purpose of growing and developing.

Implantation occurs after conception, when the fertilised egg reaches the uterus 6-7 days after ovulation. The fertilised egg upon arrival in the uterus will burrow through the uterine lining to make it its new home.

During the process of digging and burrowing through, the uterine lining, some blood is shed. The scanty discharge of blood is known as implantation bleeding or spotting.

Implantation bleeding is one of the very early first signs of pregnancy.

Only a few women notice implantation blood as a sign of pregnancy. 

What Color is Implantation Bleeding

Implantation bleeding or implantation discharge is most times pinkish or dark brown in color. Unlike Period blood that is bright red and contains blood clots. Implantation blood contains no blood clots.

It is also usually accompanied with mild cramping known as implantation pain or implantation cramps.

Implantation Bleeding Symptoms & Signs

The common signs of bleeding or spotting during implantation are:

  • Pinkish discharge or brown spotting
  • Mild or light lower abdominal cramps
  • Moodswings
  • Headaches
  • Last for a few hours or 1 -2 days

How to recognise implantation Bleeding

Because implantation bleeding occurs around the same time as your expected period, some women do think it is their menstruation about to start.

Here is how to be sure it is implantation spotting:


Spotting during implantation is pinkish or dark brown in color. When it is pinkish it means the implantation just happened hence the fresh pink blood. 

Dark brown blood means the blood from the implantation is a bit old before passing through the cervix to the vagina.​


The quantity of implantation blood is very light and it only lasts for a few hours or 1 -2 days.

Unlike your menstrual period that lasts for 3-7 days and gets heavier on day 2-3.


Spotting in early pregnancy during implantation is a very scanty pinkish or brownish discharge that most women only notice on tissue paper or in their under wears.

The flow is very light and not as heavy as your normal period.


Bleeding in early pregnancy usually occurs around 6-12 days after conception. It takes the fertilised egg 6-7 days to get to the uterus after fertilisation.

For some women early implantation can start immediately the egg arrive in the uterus 7 days after conception, while for other women it can start as late as 12 days after conception. This is known as late implantation.

Implantation spotting usually occurs some days before your expected period.

So if you had unprotected sex around ovulation and you are spotting before period​, you may be pregnant.


What it looks like

Early Signs of Pregnancy/Implantation Symptoms

Here are other early signs of pregnancy before a missed period. Although some of these symptoms are also part of premenstrual syndromes. 


Nausea is one of the early signs of pregnancy. After fertilisation, hormonal changes and increase in estrogen an progesterone levels can make you feel nauseated.

Morning sickness(nausea and vomiting) can start as early week 4. But most usually it starts at week 6.

Sore Breasts

Increasing level of reproductive hormones can make your breast to feel tender and sore to touch. The area around your nipple also starts to get darker due to these hormonal changes.

Frequent Urination

After a successful implantation of the embryo to the uterine lining. You uterus will begin to enlarge which will place a pressure on your bladder.

This will make you feel like peeing more frequently.​

Mood Swings

Mood swings are part of PMS symptoms and also early pregnancy symptoms.

Rising levels of ​hormones may make you feel angry, irritated or teary.

Food craving and Aversion

Food craving and aversion is also common as your body undergoes lots of changes in early pregnancy.

Your sense of smell also heightens which can make you feel like throwing ​up when you perceive some food.

Implantation Bleeding or Menstrual Period

Many women confuse implantation bleed for an early period or a light period.

The blood from implantation is usually light pink or light brown spotting. Although some women may have a dark brown discharge.​

The flow, color, duration, consistency of implantation bleed is different from that of period.

  • Implantation bleeding starts light and ends light. Unlike period blood that gets heavier as you progress
  • Implantation spots does not contain blood clots but menstrual blood contains blood clots
  • Implantation bleed is on and off spotting for 1-2 days max. While menstruation is a continuous flow of blood for 3-7 days
  • Cramping during implantation is mild. Premenstrual cramps or period cramps can be severe or painful.

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