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Signs of Implantation of a Fertilized Egg

by Anne Sommers, Licensed Midwife
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The first day of my last period was Dec 17th 1999. The ovulation calculator said conception dates were 31st-2nd of January. The last time I had sex was the 30th of Dec. Today is the 1st of January and I have started some spotting with brown mainly discharge. Could this be implantation bleeding or is another period? Basically are there signs of implantation of a fertilized egg?

A Since it takes a few days for the fertilized egg to travel down the tube and you positively ovulated on the 31st, it most likely is not implantation bleeding. However, maybe you ovulated earlier in your cycle and it is implantation bleeding. Implantation bleeding often occurs at 3 to 4 weeks into your cycle and can correspond with when you would normally have a scheduled period.

Brown discharge could also result from other things - infection, abrasion by intercourse to the pregnant cervix, etc.

The signs of implantation are generally none. It is silent except some women do have "implantation bleeding."

Anne Sommers, Licensed Midwife

Anne Sommers, LM is a Licensed Midwife in Southern California and founder of Agape Perinatal Consultation & Birthing Services. Anne has attended and personally delivered hundreds of beautiful bouncing babies in some very wonderful and natural settings -- like in the water! She has appeared on various Southern California radio and cable television shows, talked to birth organizations, was editor for several child birth publications and was the owner, editor and publisher of "Mom" Magazine, a quarterly publication in circulation for over seven years. She completed Seattle Midwifery School's Challenge Process and the NARM exam (supervised by the California Medical Board) qualifying her for midwifery licensure. Anne actually made history as noted in the Orange County Register for being one of Southern California's first Licensed Midwives. She is also the mother of two children, born at home, with the attendance of midwives.

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Guest Aug 25, 2014 11:54:32 AM ET

I had positive ovulation tests from the 20-24th this month (august). i had sex on 20th 22nd, and 24th. after sex on the 24th i began bleeding bright red blood (period like flow not light). thus far it's been through yesterday and today, not getting darker, still very red. what is this due to? help!

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shaniece Feb 18, 2014 05:02:54 PM ET

I had my period on january 28th and i started spotting on february 13th. could this mean that i'm pregnant?

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Guest Oct 24, 2013 03:14:20 PM ET

Hi i had a one day bleeding on the 15 and on the 16 it stopped could i be pregnant

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Guest Oct 21, 2013 10:57:49 AM ET

I had sex on sept 8th. i was on my period at the time. the condom came off. i been very sleepy and gaining weight sent. could i be pregnant?

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summer October 15 2013 Oct 14, 2013 11:49:06 PM ET

I've been getting bad heart burn and light reddish period but not heavy what does that mean? especially when you're peeing 5 to 7 times a day

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Guest Oct 14, 2013 11:39:18 PM ET

Hello i have a couple questions. i had sex sept 26 2013 , and i was suppose to start on the 8th of october 2013, and ever since the 8th of oct. ive been experiencing a clear jelly mucus in my vaginal area. and also really bad back pains, also peeing 6 to 4 times a day bit 6 mins apart? any help

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Guest Oct 12, 2013 04:45:45 PM ET

My name is taylor im 16almost 17 i had sex on sunday october 5,2013 its nw saruday the 11th umm i've been having cramping but i wasn't on my period when i had sex umm this whole week i've been feeling like pains and now i'm bleeding culd i be pregnant

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Guest Oct 5, 2013 01:43:34 PM ET

Needing help...... my ovulation date was the 12th of sept and had sex with my loved one on that day numerous of things happen this night that bothered me but a week later no period or now 3wks later & 2days later im bleedin which looks & feels like my period @ the 2nd wk i took a blood test & urine test all negative...... dr. thought it could be thyroid desease but now that im bleeding i believe i may still pregnant becuz for these whole three weeks ive been bloated back pains cramps mad gas & headaches am i paronoid or thinkin to hard?? i just feel something aint right....... any help will be great

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Destiny Oct 7, 2012 12:21:08 PM ET

If you have light bleeding for 14 days whats the cause?

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betty Feb 22, 2012 10:29:25 AM ET

My last period was 27th of december 2011..i had unprotected sex the second week of january...i had unprotected sex on the 14th of feb and got my periods on 17th/18th of feb2012...and have sharp pains either side my groin area...do you think there is need to take a preg test??

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