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Implantation of a Fertilized Egg

by Teresa Shaw
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When trying to conceive, it's sometimes hard not to scrutinize every sign and symptom you feel for possible signs of pregnancy. One of the most tell tale signs of pregnancy for many women is implantation, or when a fertilized egg, or zygote, implants into the lining of the uterus. Many women ask when does implantation occur, and what are the signs of implantation?

When Does Implantation Occur?

Implantation typically occurs 6 to 10 days after ovulation, or day 20 to 24 of a menstrual cycle. However, it can happen a few days earlier or later. In an average 28-day cycle, ovulation occurs on day 14 with the first day of a woman's period being considered day 1 in a cycle. Once fertilization occurs, the egg stays in the fallopian tube for three days before entering the uterus and begins to implant itself to the uterine lining.

Find out when implantation will happen based on your last menstrual period or ovulation date with our implantation calculator.

What is Implantation?

Implantation happens when a fertilized egg attaches itself to the uterine wall. Once fertilization occurs, the fertilized egg remains in the fallopian tube for 3 days. It then enters the uterus where it gets very close to the lining of the uterus (endometrium) and begins to invade this endometrium to implant.

What are the Signs and Symptoms of Implantation?

Implantation is usually a quite gentle process with very few symptoms that can be felt or noticed. Most symptoms are usually detected or diagnosed as implantation once pregnancy has been confirmed; that is, once you realize you're pregnant, certain symptoms you might have noticed a few days prior will match up to those common to implantation.

The following are some typical signs of implantation.

Only a positive pregnancy test or a blood test performed by your doctor can confirm that you are pregnant. Don't despair if you haven't felt or noticed any of these signs of implantation. Very few women actually notice implantation, and not feeling implantation does not mean that you are not pregnant. If you think you might be pregnant, be sure to make an appointment with your doctor to confirm a pregnancy.

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gt Jul 16, 2014 07:19:02 AM ET

Hi i'm new here i've started taking fertomid 50mg. my lower belly is in pain and i don't know why. apparently i've been diagnosed with an ovarian cyst. i don't know what to do because it's paining. does anyone with the same problem pleas help?

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Guest Jul 11, 2014 11:59:04 AM ET

I'm usually pretty good at telling when my period is about to come, with slight cramping lower back pains, emotional and sensitive breasts (every time). my period isn't due till around the 20th, but i'm experiencing lower back pains, cramping and heavy discharge. i tested for stds and infection all were negative. could i be pregnant?

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ida Jul 3, 2014 11:44:43 AM ET

My lmp was around may 10th, and i had some spotting on june 1st. i missed my june af, and am now spotting dark pinkish to brown. hpt comes back negative even though i have an expired implanon still in my arm. i'm so confused. my periods had regulated after the implanon expired and i am now going thru this.

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maria Jul 2, 2014 08:12:31 PM ET

I was off my pills for 5 days. 2 days before ovulation, i had unprotected sex, and i was supposed to get my period by the 30th. today i'm 2 days late. i tested the same day that i was supposed to get my period and it was negative. can i be pregnant? when would be the appropriate time to test?

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Guest Jul 2, 2014 01:54:46 AM ET

My period started on june 14th, 2014. it ended 4 days later on 6/17/2014. i had sex on 6/18, 6/20, 6/22, 6/24, and 6/27. i am not taking any birth control. i started having cramps on 6/29. the cramps would come and go like my period is about to come on. my menstrual cycle length is usually around 28-30 days. i expect my period to come between july 11-13. why am i cramping so early? should i be concern?

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jen Jun 30, 2014 04:30:18 PM ET

28 day cycle, and i noticed spotting on day 19 after my period was already over. i had the spotting in the morning on the 19th and 20th. is this implantation? my period is due tomorrow. pregnancy test is negative.

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guest Jun 23, 2014 03:49:40 AM ET

Since the age of 12 my periods have always been 6 days long, and come at the same time every month with cramps on the 1st day. but, this month i started bleeding 9 days before my period due and now it's still going on day 10, it's nothing like my normal period it comes and goes and no cramps this time.

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Guest Jun 3, 2014 12:12:27 AM ET

I'm not sure of the exact day i ovulated, however i do know that on approximately day 19 of my cycle i noticed a definite sharp pinch in my lower abdomen. it lasted for about 2 seconds. then it started back up again that night, and once more the following day. i'm noticing some breast pain as well. i'm thinking this may be ovulation, but i have never experienced this before! what does everyone think? i'm due for my monthly gift in 9 days.

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Guest May 27, 2014 07:18:46 AM ET

I had sex on april 19th then a week later my period came, or i think it was a period. on april 26th, i vomited up my tea as i was walking. beginning may 3rd i have been very emotional and after i eat i get sleepy. that has never happen to me before. it is now may 27th and i'm two days late on my period. am i pregnant? oh by the way my breast are breaking out and i feel bloated after i drink some juice.

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justme May 23, 2014 04:26:29 AM ET

Hi, my my af was on time on april 28th, 32 day cycle, bd with light bleeding after 10 days after bd, light pink cm after bm, my normal "drink" or any spirit is undesirable suddenly, my sleep schedule is out of whack, and have had headaches for four days now. i have dull pains on either side, but not af pain. no protection was used, just the pull out method. i believe it was unsuccessful (we hadn't planned it, but either way we'd be ok). what do you think? i'm on my 2ww, af due late next week.

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