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Difference between a period and early pregnancy bleeding?

Difference between a period and early pregnancy bleeding?

Pregnancy test: Very easy to tell the difference. Check a pregnancy test. If it is negative then its a period. If it is positive then it's bleeding in pregnancy and prompt evaluation is needed. ...Read more

Dr. Linda Callaghan
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Compare and contrast a period and early pregnancy bleeding?

Compare and contrast a period and early pregnancy bleeding?

Can't tell: There are no clear identifying features of bleeding that will indicate either. Have a pregnancy test done to confirm. Pregnancy tests are very accurate. ...Read more

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My gf had what she though was a period but doesn't know if it was just bleeding in pregnancy. How can you tell?

My gf had what she though was a period but doesn't know if it was just bleeding in pregnancy. How can you tell?

Can do a preg. test: A urine pregnancy test done correctly gives a reliable result 3 weeks after sex (3 weeks after when conception might have happened) or 1 week after missing a period. If done sooner, a positive result is likely real, but a negative result may be due to testing too soon, and therefore lead to a repeat test. If a woman has her normal regular period, then she is not pregnant, and a test is not needed. ...Read more

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Some people say there is pregnancy bleeding but some don't. What is it? How does it look like? Amount? How to differentiate from period?

Some people say there is pregnancy bleeding but some don't. What is it? How does it look like? Amount? How to differentiate from period?

Varies: Not all pregnancies have any bleeding.An implantational bleed can happen when the pregnancy implants in the uterus but this doesn't happen every time and 1/2 of all pregnancies have some bleeding known as a threatened miscarriage in the first trimester. 1/2 of these miscarry and the other1/2 go on to have normal babies and no one knows what caused the bleeding. This varies just like normal periods ...Read more

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Experienced pregnancy symptoms, period was day late, balled in pain for 3 hrs, it's been 7 days and hardly no bleeding for the past 4 days. i had crav?

Experienced pregnancy symptoms, period was day late, balled in pain for 3 hrs, it's been 7 days and hardly no bleeding for the past 4 days. i had crav?

Yes: if you had unprotected sex and if you missed your period, you can be pregnant. You definitely have some symptoms of early pregnancy Get a home pregnancy test to determine if you are pregnant. ...Read more

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Does bleeding after period has ended mean pregnancy?

No- it doesn't.: If you had your period then you are not pregnant. It is likely due to hormone imbalances. Take care. ...Read more

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can you have period like bleeding in pregnancy for three months?

can you have period like bleeding in pregnancy for three months?

Yes: Bleeding during pregnancy is common and often does not indicate a problem unless there is associated cramping. However, if you know you are pregnant and start bleeding you should notify your OB immediately. There are many woman who do not realize they are pregnant because they continue what they think is their period. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a period and breakthrough bleeding in pregnancy?

What is the difference between a period and breakthrough bleeding in pregnancy?

Bleeding: When you menstruate the flow is from your lining of your uterus or endometrium. When you are pregnant, the most common area to bleed from is your cervix. It has to do with enlarging cervical veins. ...Read more

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How common is it to have period like bleeding first month of pregnancy, what would cause this?

How common is it to have period like bleeding first month of pregnancy, what would cause this?

Not common: It's not common for women to have period level bleeding when they are pregnant. If it truly is enough bleeding that you're filling up a pad, you should see a doctor because this could be a miscarriage or threatened miscarriage. I hope you're alright, but definitely see a doctor soon. ...Read more

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What is the probability of getting negative tests and period like bleeding throughout pregnancy?

What is the probability of getting negative tests and period like bleeding throughout pregnancy?

Very small: Many causes for bleeding during pregnancy, but all are abnormal, and require investigation. One not too worrisome cause of light bleeding in early pregnancy is termed "implantation bleeding"--a small amount of bleeding that occurs when the embryo implants in the uterus that occurs around the time of an expected period. ...Read more

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I'm about 6 weeks into pregnancy and I started bleeding and it smells like period is this normal?

I'm about 6 weeks into pregnancy and I started bleeding and it smells like period is this normal?

Maybe miscarriage: You need to contact your physician, so that the reason for the bleeding is understood. It could be a miscarriage but it may not be ...Read more

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It's been said lots of women have "period like" bleeding in early pregnancy. What is the difference?

It's been said lots of women have "period like" bleeding in early pregnancy. What is the difference?

Can't tell: It is difficult to tell the difference between menstrual bleeding and bleeding during pregnancy. A pregnancy test should be performed on any patient that thinks she is pregnant and is bleeding. ...Read more

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I've heard lots of women have period like bleeding in early pregnancy. But honestly, do the two differ much?

I've heard lots of women have period like bleeding in early pregnancy. But honestly, do the two differ much?

Can't tell: It is difficult to tell the difference between menstrual bleeding and bleeding during pregnancy. A pregnancy test should be performed on any patient that thinks she is pregnant and is bleeding. ...Read more

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Hello.What exactly is pregnancy related bleeding(cryptic pregnancy)How is it different from that of a period?

Hello.What exactly is pregnancy related bleeding(cryptic pregnancy)How is it different from that of a period?

Pregnancy bleeding: Although bleeding in pregnancy can occur it is never considered normal. If you think you are pregnant then check a home pregnancy test. A cryptic pregnancy is when a pregnant woman thinks she is not pregnant because she is experiencing bleeding. A home pregnancy test will determine if you are pregnant or not. ...Read more

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I had a two day period very light bleeding. Took a pregnancy test and it was negative could i still be pregnant.

I had a two day period very light bleeding. Took a pregnancy test and it was negative could i still be pregnant.

Possibly - can: re-test in a week. The main reason for light periods is a change in hormone levels. Causes for what seems to be a light period can include: implantation bleeding in early pregnancy, thyroid problems, eating disorders, excessive exercise, initial periods for a girl, use of an intrauterine device, oral contraceptives & perimenopause. ...Read more

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I tested positive for pregnancy on July 19th. Now I'm having light bleeding is that normal? My last period was june 12.

I tested positive for pregnancy on July 19th.  Now I'm having light bleeding is that normal? My last period was june 12.

Probably: Mild spotting in early pregnancy is not uncommon. For the sake of your and your baby's health, you should be under the care of an obstetrician. Please seek care, if you have not done so. Wish you good health and a healthy baby! ...Read more

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