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Implantation Bleeding or Period? Quiz

Implantation Bleeding or Period? Quiz


Andrea Fernando

By Andrea Fernando

For fertilization to occur, fusion of an egg and sperm must occur in the female reproductive tract. This usually happens in the fallopian tube. Once the egg is fertilized, it travels down the fallopian tube and attaches to the lining of the uterus. When it attaches here, some blood vessels are ruptured and the lining of the uterus is disrupted. This causes symptoms of light bleeding and cramping.


This is known as “implantation bleeding” – discharge that occurs due to the implantation of the fertilized egg into the uterine wall. It is the first sign of pregnancy.

How do I know it isn’t just my period?

1. Timing
If you experience spotting before your period is due to begin, this may be due to implantation bleeding. The timing of the bleeding depends on the length of your cycle and when and where fertilization occurred. It can occur anywhere from a week to the day before your period is due to begin.

2. Duration
Your normal period may last from three days to a week, but implantation bleeding usually occurs for less than two days. Some women may only see the spotting or light discharge on one day or for a few hours.

3. Color
Implantation bleeding is normally a pinkish or brown colored discharge rather than the sharp, red color of a normal menstrual period. There is no change in the color through the duration of the spotting.

4. Quantity
Where during a normal period you may need to change a tampon or pad once every four-five hours, implantation bleeding is generally a few drops and very light in quantity.

5. Other symptoms
The symptoms you might expect from your normal period such as acne, mood swings and painful cramps do not usually occur with implantation bleeding. You may find light abdominal cramping which is completely normal, but the other hormonal impacts of menstruation do not occur in implantation bleeding.

6. Basal Body Temperature
Basal body temperature is the lowest resting temperature of your body, usually at rest. Immediately following ovulation, BBT increases and stays elevated until the next period. If you are monitoring your BBT for ovulatory purposes, in implantation bleeding, a slight rise in BBT will be seen around nine days after ovulation.

Implantation Bleeding or Period Quiz

If you’re still unsure about whether you’re experiencing implantation bleeding or a regular period, the quiz below might help. Choose which one of the columns sounds most like you, and tally up your points.

Question0 points1 point
When did you notice the bleeding?The time of my normal periodA few days before my period was due to begin
Duration?Longer than 2 daysLess than 2 days
What was the color of the discharge?Deep red like my normal periodPink or brown
How much discharge was there and how often did you need to change your tampon/pad?I’ve changed my tampon/pad more than twice a dayJust a few drops, I’ve changed my tampon/pad less than once
Have you had any other symptoms?I have painful cramps, acne, mood swings and other symptoms like during my normal periodI have slight abdominal pain but nothing else

If you scored 3 points or more: Likely to be implantation bleeding
If you scored 2 points or less: Likely to be normal menstruation

The bottom line:
Don’t forget that once you’re pregnant, you will no longer have your normal menstrual period. If you notice that your period is early, very light in quantity, and has changed to a pink or brown color, this may be the first sign of pregnancy. See your doctor for a blood test, which can then accurately confirm the pregnancy.

Did you do the quiz? What was your result? Leave a comment below.

Join the Discussion

    1. I scored 4. I had a miscarriage October 2015 and had what I now know to be implantation bleeding. I didn’t have implantation bleeding with my first born who turned in to being a successful pregnancy and a happy healthy 3 year old. I’m showing other signs of pregnancy identical to the last from which I miscarried which includes sciatica, stomach cramps, and my breasts have gone up a cup size already. Today I have started to feel nauseous and have head ache. Because it is so similar to my failed pregnancy I’m petrified of testing in case I miscarry again

    2. I scored a 5! I haven’t had sex in about 6 days. But today I had alittle bleeding when I wiped and had a bit of brownish discharge later in the day. Could this be implantation bleeding? My period is due on the 16th.

    3. I got 4 so not sure If I am pregnant or not.. I guess I’ll have to wait till tomorrow as I got a tiny bit of blood yesterday and a tiny bit of blood today so I may have started my period early as I’m meant to start near the end of the month. :/

    4. My score was 4 but what’s weird is its happened yesterday which was the 26th and my period was from 13th through the 16th I’m confused

    5. Score was 5 sex dec 12 , bleeding the 20 th , positive test dec 26 , twins confirmed January 19 th via ultrasound !

    6. My score was 5 and I am so happy I hope and pray that this is true my husband said that it is but I just needed more information and now that I have it it looks like this will be a go thanks again for the quize.

  1. What if you started spotting on the 20th of November and spotted all the way up to the 27th and had what you thought was/ your period and you’re still bleeding and its the 12th of December??

  2. I have had an period the beginning of September which only lasted #2 days October & November I never had any show of period but also been having sharp pain in my breast getting real bad cramps and just December 13th when I whipped myself I saw light blood which only lasted for only 2 days what should I do may I please get answers

  3. I had a period on november 24th 2015 and its december 18th i noticed today december 18th a very little pinkish color discharge in my underwear an i put a panty linner on but now its only when i whipe i see it very little pinkish stuff?? Help

  4. Okay so I went off birth control October 12th which was my last day of my period and the last day of my birth control pack. I have been TTC since then and I know it can take awhile to get your body back to the norm. I already experienced what I believe to be withdrawal bleeding a few days after coming off my BC. Now it’s been over two months not having a period and as of yesterday I began to bleed. It was bright red drops of blood when I wiped, then the next day it was brown(almost like period blood) but it only lasted a day and now there’s nothing there anymore. So I am a little curious to what has been going on with me, I have already searched and searched the Internet and don’t seem to understand.

    1. It depends on how long after it’s been since ovulation Dria. You should take a pregnancy test 14 days after possible conception (after ovulation).

  5. I’m so confused to what is happening with my body. I’m two weeks late for my period. Yesterday was spotting a peach to red colour discharge.. This morning as I went to the bathroom there was blood but not heavy like my period but a decent amount.. Not sure what to think.. I guess I’ll just wait a couple more days and see if this turns to a real period or what..

    1. Hi McCallum, Your period could also be delayed due to stress, sudden weight loss or a medical problem, so if it’s missed by two weeks you should speak to your doctor.

  6. So i took the test and still dont understand. Last month on November. 18-21 and this month December i started spotting on the 12th and didnt stop until the 17th rite after had brown discharge for 3 days and then 21st started bleeding like a regular period so im confused on wats going on with me i dont understand can i get some help?

    1. Hi Mary, It’s hard to know without knowing your cycle details, for example your cycle may be long or short. The best thing to do is Join Ovulation Calendar and enter all your cycle details each day so you can learn more about your cycles.

  7. I started bleeding & it was red & heavy like a period, but it only last for 2 days. When I wipe myself now, there is clear mucus with blood in it. Does this mean that I had a period?

  8. Ok I had my period December 1st last three days every time we’ll not due till the first of January husband and I had unprotected sex after period had tubes tied in February and hair two days ago I experienced lite only when I wiped lite link then a little red and the brown last a day now I’m nauseated all the time. Tired more and boobs sensitive did I have Implantation bleeding or my period

  9. I had sex when I ovulated on my peak day and day after. had implation bleeding or I thought I did on 17th of December. I took this tesy and got a 5 but then on 26th I got a period bad cramping and mucus bloody. I took a test on the 24 it was negative but I never bleed before a period ever. The blood was only a couple drops , could i have been pregnant and this be miscarriage?!

  10. My O day was on December 18 its December 27 and I had light pink when I wiped and now its brown. Its only noticeable when I wipe. Could this be implantation bleeding?

  11. I scored a 3 but it was very different from my normal period. Also lasted a few days but since it stopped I have been having some major craps and its been a little over a week. So very confused.

  12. So my last MC was November 26, 2015. Lasted 6 days. The whole month of December I had no signs of a period and did not have one. Today, January 2, 2016, I started bleeding. It started off brown. It goes to red at times but not bright red. More so redish brown. I took a pregnancy test a few days ago and it was negative. What should I do?

  13. So I have been putting In my period dates on an ovulation calendar for five months now, and every month the calendar has been to a tee- til this month woke up this morning with brownish pink discharge and cramping, breast r very sore!!! I had sex on 24th 27th and 1st, not sure if this is implantation or not. I wasn’t suppose to start my monthly til the 12th.

  14. I got 5. I cramped a bit and only had a little brownish discharge with a line of red blood in it. It stopped after 10 minutes and I’ve had non since. I am about 4 days away from my normal period. I was slightly nauseous and that all ended with the small amount of blood.

  15. My boyfriend entered me with no condom on for about 20 seconds maximum, so only precum could be present. Now its 11 days later (we think) and i am due my period its usually quite a regular cycle give or take. I started bleeding today at 1 ish, had to change twice since then, its a tiny bit of brown discharge with mostly bright red blood, started as light pink-ish, took the test and got a 1 so far as the bleeding hasnt ended. Could this be implantation bleeding, im young and really hoping its not, help?

    1. My period usually starts at night, or is so unnoticably light on the first day i dont know it’s started. But I’m still bleeding heavily, so I think it’s my period, thank goodness, I was starting to worry!

  16. Hi, IM LEX me and my husband has been TTC after I got off BC IN AUG? … My last cycle happens DEC 25th last about 2.5 days my cycle is normally normal , I’m not sure when I really ovulate but my calendar say dec 31 – jan 5 , we BD on the 2nd 3rd 5th of jan and I started to spot on the 7th pinkish only when I’m wiping , it comes and goes and just have to wear a panty liner but nothing touch the liner . On jan 9th the same thing happens but was little more pinkish then before only when wiping ? I did the quiz and got a score of 5 can this be IB !!!??? I took a test yesterday jan 12 and test came to be negative ? I probably test to early ? Please help.. Imm scared to test because of the result outcome ;( AF cycle should start in a week from today .. Pleas help I’m so confused.. THANKS

  17. Hello, I have never been on birth control. In October 2015 my period was do on the 1st and it normally last for four to five days, red, clots, and thick. Also normally I never cramp. In November my period was late, light pink, watery, no clots, and lasted three days. In December my period was earlier than November, but light and lasted two days. This month, January 2016 my period is earlier than last month and is lighter and more watery pink than last month and again only lasted two days. I also cramp pretty much every day, dull cramps for the past couple of months. Could that be my period, could I be pregnant, or could something else be the cause of the sudden change in my period?

  18. I’m really confused I was bleeding really lightly on December 17th Up until around Christmas it started to get really heavy and ended on the 4th January, my details on my ovulation Calendar predicted ovulation around on the 10th Janruary but today (14th January)
    I have aches in my tummy and my breast are slightly tender I also discovered a little bleeding that is a brownish colour its really light and stopped after an 10 min, I shouldn’t get my period for a while yet?

  19. I scored a 5. I only had a slight pink-ish discharge while in the bathroom. Nothing at all after that spotting the one time. I should start my cycle in 2 days, I guess I will find out.

  20. I scored a 3 but I’m very confused. I had slight pink discharge for a day about 4 days after a late period then the next day I had a heavy flow with thick big blood cloths. I’ve been trying to get pregnant but it’s not happening for me. 😣

  21. Hi thanks for a helpful information. I scored 3. I m really confused and worried . I never had unprotected sex in last 2 years. My periods are quite regular and normal most of the times. But on November 2015 I experienced brown bleeding and I can see it only when I wiped (guess it was implementation bleeding) no periods on December 2015 and I did pregnancy test which is negative, until now I didn’t have periods ( January 19th 2016) , I did pregnancy test thrice but its negative. I m on healthly diet and doing exercise and yoga regularly. Please help I m totally worried if it’s something wrong with my hormones (pcos). :(

  22. Hello, so I started bleeding lightly pink blood about 6 days before my expected period which I’m still spotting the same . period is due in two days now. But I was using a pregnacy calendar and did say that I may have a shorter cycle I’m confused as to where I have always had a a regular period like clockwork .please give me some on sight of what could be happening

  23. Okay so I had my period the week of new year’s then on jan 10 I had this light bleed with brown that lasted up to 7 days then on the last day when I whipped there was a pink smily thing when I whipped again there was nothing there what can this mean ? Someone tell me I’m only 16

  24. My periods were late by 3days and i had brown spotting and today was a more bright spotting but like really light dont neeed to change panty liner all day what is it ? My period normally comes like full on never light or late … Help

  25. I scored a 5. Noticed pink when wiping then pinky brown a few times. Have some minor abdominal cramping. The timing works out perfectly as my period is a week away and we last had sex a week ago. Im so hoping for a positive result. :-) will be going crazy until time to take a test. I will say this is definately different than anything ive noticed with my body before.

  26. I scored a 3 on the quiz. I do not kno when my period was supose to start because I breastfed my 1 year old and havent haven’t had a period at all since giving birth. Before having my daughter, I never had normal periods either but they were always heavy flow and lasted 5 to 6 days. I started spotting on Jan 3 (too much info) but I felt a drip so went to the bathroom and it was a couple drops of red blood so I assumed I was starting my period. I put on a pad and when I went to change, the pad was spotless however when I wiped it was a pinkish brown discharge that lasted only 3 days. I dont kno if this is implantation or if my period is trying ro regulate after so long without having one. Im just wondering if anyone else has had something similar to this. Or just get some opinions. I took a pregnancy test and it was negative, I know its probably too early to get a positive result. My hcg levels were low with my daughter as well and didnt test positive until I was at least 6 weeks. Right now I’m just playing the wait game with time and trying to be patient at least until Feb to see if I have a period and take another pregnancy test. What do yall think???

  27. I started spotting on the 3rd of January. 3Days before my period was due. It was a pink colour. I still have not stopped spotting and its the 22 of january!.. it is now a brownish colour with clear gooey bits. My periods are usually always regular and last 7days. I scoreda 3 from the quiz.. ive gone off certain meat, i feel dizzy or nauseous now and again but not always. And now im having acid reflux or like.. heartburn? Ive never been pregs before and really not sure if this is signs of pregnancy or somethin sinister like ovarian cysts

  28. I scored 5. I bled the 20th of January, I am ovulating today. My period is due 6th February so would it be too early to test? Even after implantation bleeding.

    Mother already to a little boy!

  29. Nov 30 2015 my period start. My husband ejaculated on my on Dec 13 on my ovulation day…we did it again on Dec 16…..spotting on Dec 26 brown and little pink red. Dec 27 it was heavy…28 little lighter..29 nothing…30 nothing 31 urinating blook came wipe a little pink stain. We also did it again…..I have been feeling some pregnancy symptoms but took some test it was negative. I thought it was my pms instead of prego. I checked on my calendar again when I be ovulating. Jan 10 we did it again on ovulation day. I took 2 test before my period start and it’s negative….playing a waiting game to see if my period start tomorrow. My husband and I are planning to conceive. We are hoping to be positive. Any ideas, clue, what ya think? Could’ve I have been preg in Dec or jan.

  30. Scored a 4….pinkish discharge started last night…Period was supposed to start today but nothing….Not even the pinkish discharge anymore…

  31. A couple of weeks ago , I had unprotected sex and he did ejaculated inside of me. I did miss my birth control shot and decided not to do any more bc becuase I’m trying to get pregnant. Now I’m having light pink discharge when I do wipe. It did started off brown but now its just light pinkish with no cramps. I was having cramps but it was just like slight cramps. I did take a pregnancy test it came back negative. What should I do neXT?

  32. I scored a 3 but some elements fully apply and some do not. I was on my af on 2nd Jan lasts for 4/5 then ovulated 15th Jan we dtd around 10th and 13th then 26-28th I have very light spotting light pink on wiping a bit on my pants brown discharge then 29th have full on bleed but bright pink red and watery and dripped into loo when go for a pee. Had to change pad few times that afternoon. I went go on that evening they did urine pregnancy test and bfn and checked internally and said cervix seems slightly open. No majorly cramps and a few twinges that’s it. Up to that point had all symptoms of pregnancy but for sore boobs 30th bled a bit more and today still a bit on pad but only changed it once today. I would have been due on af 30th but the blood does seem different. Seen that some people can have a bleed before bfp but will see how it goes as still getting headaches and thirsty. This would be my 3rd but after a 9 year break I am 40. Worried it could be a mc but no major pains but possibly could be chemical Mmc?

    1. I had bleeding off and on for the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. No sore breast at all and I had bleeding like you did the month before I found out was pregnant. Bleeding is not always associated to a MC and people do bleed during pregnancy. Sometimes the BFP takes a few weeks to show up

  33. Hi
    My period is like clock work every month but in January it was 11 days late. Then I had one after the 11 days of being late and it was normal. Every month I have sore breast about 10 days before my period and then the day of the period, breast pain stops. On January 27th my breast started to hurt. On Feb 1st I had light bleeding and it lasted until the 4th. My breast never stopped hurting and they still hurt today. I’m 41 years old and have a 5 year old, so I’ve been pregnant before (just been too long to remember much)
    Is it normal for your breast to hurt through and after a period? Or was this implantation bleeding?

  34. So I was due for my period feb 1st and never got it and today is feb 6th and still no period. However, I am having some light pinkish spotting when I wipe associated with some abdominal cramping which just started about an hour ago. I took hpt on Feb 2nd and it said negative, could I be pregnant?

    1. I also had white discharge which started a few days before my missed period an still has not gone away.. I’m tired, urinating more, and eating more, plus feel some abdominal pressure.

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