Implantation losses or onset of menstruation?

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Sometimes, but it is an infrequent occurrence, it can occur in the very early stages of having a pregnancy small pinkish or brownish losses, in conjunction with the implantation of the embryo. They are the so-called implantation losses, but how to distinguish them from the beginning of menstruation?



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  • Implant losses: what are they? 
  • Implant losses: are they dangerous? 

Implant losses: what are they?

If there has been conception, the embryo moves from the tube, where fertilization took place, towards the uterus. Here, 5-7 days after conception, the implantation of the embryo itself takes place in the uterine wall and precisely in conjunction with this event, small pinkish or brownish losses may occur.



Implantation leaks: a "menstrual reminder"


According to some specialists they would be a "menstrual memory": the blood would be a residue of flaked endometrium and not expelled in the last menstruation, which took place before conception.

These losses they are difficult to confuse with menstruation, because they are much more tenuous and scarce and last much shorter: usually a few hours, at most a day. So much so that sometimes the woman doesn't even notice. Moreover, they usually occur a few days earlier than when your period should arrive.



However, if you really want a pregnancy, it can happen to attribute the first losses of the upcoming menstruation to implantation losses. In these cases, the passage of time will confirm that it was indeed menstruation. It is possible for them to occur, but they are not mandatory in all pregnancies.

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Implant losses: are they dangerous?

Implant losses are absolutely not dangerous for pregnancy, but they can scare women, because they suggest the arrival of menstruation, and therefore a missed pregnancy, or a threat of abortion.

The losses due to the threat of abortion, however, they usually occur later, are more abundant and bright red in color and are accompanied by pelvic pain. In any case, if you know you have had unprotected intercourse on your fertile days and "unusual" losses appear around the time your period should arrive, you should take a pregnancy test.

If the result is positive, it is better to arrange a visit to the gynecologist after about two weeks to make sure that the pregnancy has begun in the best way.

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Blood loss? No ice on the belly


In case of significant losses it is not advisable to use ice on the belly, as sometimes suggested to some future mothers. The cold has in fact the property of inducing the uterus to contract and could worsen the situation.

Sources for this article: website webmd.com; advice from Rossana, specialist in gynecology and obstetrics in Genoa.

Questions and answers

What are plant losses? 

In the uterus, 5-7 days after conception, the embryo itself is implanted in the uterine wall: in conjunction with this event, small pinkish or brownish losses may occur, called "implantation losses".

Are plant leaks dangerous? 

Implantation losses are not dangerous for pregnancy, but they can scare women, because they suggest the arrival of menstruation, and therefore a missed pregnancy, or a threat of abortion.

Is it possible to confuse implantation losses with menstruation? 

It is difficult to confuse implantation losses with menstruation, because they are much more subtle and scarce and last much shorter: usually a few hours, at most a day. So much so that sometimes the woman doesn't even notice.

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