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Implantation (Definition)

One common meaning refers to the process by which an embryo attaches to the uterus of a woman so that she is pregnant. Many think of it as 'sticking.' implantation in humans always occurs when the embryo is between 6-7 days old. A very popular concept on the internet now in 2012, 'implantation bleeding, ' is speculative ...Read more


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Very light brown and red period this month while on birth control. I took it correctly. Am I pregnant? What's implantation bleeding?

Very light brown and red period this month while on birth control. I took it correctly. Am I pregnant? What's implantation bleeding?

May be ok: Oral birth control pill can cause a light flow. If u r concerned a home pregnancy test is useful.
Implantation bleeding is when the fertilized egg implants or sticks to the uterus to begin growing. ...Read more

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Had sex with my bf last Saturday but started my birth control the Sunday before. Is it possible to have implantation bleeding after 5 days?

Had sex with my bf last Saturday but started my birth control the Sunday before. Is it possible to have implantation bleeding after 5 days?

Wouldn't think so: Five days after sex is too early for implantation to happen (it takes about another five days). Only after confirming that a woman is pregnant, can she say that PRIOR spotting or bleeding might have been due to "implantation". Otherwise, there is no need to think about "implantation". ...Read more

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Can you have implantation bleeding while on birth control? If u just started BC and had unprotected sex

Can you have implantation bleeding while on birth control? If u just started BC and had unprotected sex

No such thing: There is no such thing as implantation bleeding. It is an internet myth. Can you imagine a fetus smaller than a speck of dust causing trauma that would lead to bleeding? It just does not happen.
Bleeding is never a sign or diagnostic indicator of pregnancy in general. ...Read more

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Are you more likely to experience implantation bleeding if on birth control?

Are you more likely to experience implantation bleeding if on birth control?

No: Since birth control prevents pregnancy, and since "implantation bleeding" would only happen in a pregnancy, then no you would not be likely to have it on birth control. ...Read more

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Is this implantation bleeding? I am wondering if what I'm going through is implantation bleeding, or a weird period my last period was on the 25th and on the 10th of this month I had sex. I am on birth control but we didn't use a condom. I'm not very good

Is this implantation bleeding? I am wondering if what I'm going through is implantation bleeding, or a weird period my last period was on the 25th and on the 10th of this month I had sex. I am on birth control but we didn't use a condom. I'm not very good

Hello.: Hello. I can't diagnose if you are pregnant. Usually the classic pregnancy symptoms begin on or a little after the time of the missed period (not before) implantation can cause mild cramping and spotting with pinkish tinged or brown discharge. Since you were not fully protected during intercourse, would recommend that you take a pregnancy test. ...Read more

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I'm on birth control. How would you know if you were spotting or if it was implantation bleeding? It's confusing.

I'm on birth control. How would you know if you were spotting or if it was implantation bleeding? It's confusing.

Don't be confused!: It is NOT implantation bleeding, it is breakthrough. "Implantation bleeding" would require you conceived, which on OCP is not very likely. Implantation bleeding in the luteal phase is 99% an internet myth that (nearly) never happens, though it sometimes describes bleeding later in pregnancy. I hope this simplifies for you, good wishes. ...Read more

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How to prevent implantation bleeding on birth control pill?

How to prevent implantation bleeding on birth control pill?

No implantation: While on birth control pills you should not have "implantation bleeding" since implantation does not happen. If you are experiencing bleeding or spotting while taking bcp it is most likely due to other causes and you should discuss it with your obgyn or fertility specialist. ...Read more

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I missed one birth control pill about 2 weeks ago. A few days ago I had some very faint pink spotting. Could this be implantation bleeding?

I missed one birth control pill about 2 weeks ago. A few days ago I had some very faint pink spotting. Could this be implantation bleeding?

Male "b.c." pills?: If you are a female, pink spotting could be hormonal withdrawal bleeding, early menses or any number of other causes. A pregnancy test will clarify the situation. We do not yet have a "male" birth control pill. ...Read more

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On birth control pill, had sex 8 days ago. Experienced spotting over last several day that stopped this morning. Was this implantation bleeding?

On birth control pill, had sex 8 days ago. Experienced spotting over last several day that stopped this morning. Was this implantation bleeding?

Breakthrough bleed: Breakthrough bleeding (bleeding at the wrong time) is very common on birth control. It happens in about 1/3 of users. Its no big deal and usually self corrects over time. If you are not satisfied or it continues to happen then consider using a different birth control method. It is a common side effect and does not mean something is wrong or that the pill is not working. ...Read more

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Never had sex, on birth control. Been having many pregnancy symptoms, including implantation bleeding. So I took a test. It came back a faint positive. Why?

Never had sex, on birth control. Been having many pregnancy symptoms, including implantation bleeding. So I took a test. It came back a faint positive. Why?

Pregnant or not: Pregnancy is a two state event. You either are pregnant or you are not. You are never slightly pregnant, though you can have a pregnant pause. If you truly never had penile vaginal intercourse then you cannot be pregnant!! On second thought there was a widely disseminated case report over 2000 years ago somewhere in the Middle East of a pregnancy w/o intercourse. Some people believe it was a mirac ...Read more

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Is it possible to have implantation bleeding a week after your period? And have it last for 3 days but only occur once a day? Or so? I am on birth con

Is it possible to have implantation bleeding a week after your period? And have it last for 3 days but only occur once a day? Or so? I am on birth con

Pregnancy test: Implantation bleeding occurs only when you are pregnant. Since you had a period and are on birth control pregnancy seems unlikely. If you think you might be pregnant check then check a home pregnancy test. If negative then it sounds like you are either just had some blood left over in the vagina from your period or that you are experiencing breakthrough bleeding. ...Read more

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I had sex on 4/26 took Plan B and I'm on birth contol It is 5/10 and im spotting the third week of my bc pack. Is this implantation bleeding?

I had sex on 4/26 took Plan B and I'm on birth contol It is 5/10 and im spotting the third week of my bc pack. Is this implantation bleeding?

Doubtful: First, anytime you take Plan B your cycle is going to be out of whack for a month or two, so even if you are on birth control pills you could already have breakthrough bleeding during that first pack after the Plan B. Second, implantation bleeding for the most part is a big myth. Very seldom is there any bleeding associated with implantation. If you are in doubt, next week do a pregnancy test. ...Read more

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Had IUI on 15/9/14. Periof not due until 30th but seeing blood when I wipe since 25th. Could this be implantation bleeding? Im.also taking cycloget

Had IUI on 15/9/14. Periof not due until 30th but seeing blood when I wipe since 25th. Could this be implantation bleeding? Im.also taking cycloget

Possible: Wait another week and check first AM urine with home pregnancy test. It could also be dysfunctional uterine bleeding which is common with hormonal shifts even with stress. Trying to conceive can be stressful which works against you. Easier said than done, but try to relax. Many couples conceive after adoption because the pressure is off. Follow up with your fertility specialist, too. Take care. ...Read more

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Tried to skip period on birth control. It came anyway, and I've been bleeding for 9 days and it's still heavy. (Recently abroad, idk if relevant)?

Tried to skip period on birth control. It came anyway, and I've been bleeding for 9 days and it's still heavy. (Recently abroad, idk if relevant)?

Breakthrough bleed: Breakthrough bleeding (bleeding at the wrong time) is very common on birth control. It happens in about 1/3 of users. Its no big deal and usually self corrects over time. If you are not satisfied or it continues to happen then consider using a different birth control method. It is a common side effect and does not mean something is wrong or that the pill is not working. ...Read more

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Dark brown bleeding lasting 9 days a week before period. One day was red, no bleeding after when I was supposed to have my period. On birth control?

Dark brown bleeding lasting 9 days a week before period. One day was red, no bleeding after when I was supposed to have my period. On birth control?

Change pill: It is usual to have irregular bleeding after starting a pill, and this can continue for 3 months or so. If you have been on this pill a while, you may need to change your pill to one with more progestational activity. Continue to take your pill as you normally would, and if this irregular bleeding recurs, go to your practitioner. ...Read more

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Brown bleeding for 6 days before period on birth control. Is this bad?

No: Break through bleeding is when a woman on birth control pills has bleeding that is at the wrong time. This can happen the first 2 cycles of starting bcp, and will often resolve on its own. It can also occur if a women is late or forgets several pills. It may also mean the hormones are a little off for her body. But besides the inconvenience it is not bad. ...Read more

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Took Plan B last day of period- on birth control- bleeding a week before sugar pills.

Took Plan B last day of period- on birth control- bleeding a week before sugar pills.

Plan B: Potential side effects w emergency contraception include menstrual flow changes (spotting, bleeding, early or late period). The Plan B may have caused the change in your normal bleeding pattern. Just so you know - if you take your birth control pills regularly - then the Plan B One Step was likely not required. ...Read more

Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Contraception (Definition)

Contraceptiion is a means of preventing conception (or fertilization). There are hormonal and non hormonal methods of preventing sperm and egg from meeting. Talk to your doctor or clinic about what options are best for you. There are short acting methods (condoms, pills, patch, ring) and long ...Read more


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Birth Control (Definition)

Also known as contraception, birth control is a method to prevent pregnancy. Some methods of birth control include a vasectomy, tubal ligation, oral contraceptive pills, vaginal rings, hormone injections, condoms, diaphragms, sponges, ...Read more