When you’re trying to conceive, it’s hard to wait the two weeks or so between your fertile days and taking an at-home pregnancy test. During this period of anticipation, it’s natural to interpret the slightest change in your body as a possible sign of pregnancy. The only thing worse than getting your hopes up because you feel a little more tired or out of breath than usual, is to mistake implantation bleeding for your period and assume you’re not pregnant. So what color is implantation bleeding? It’s time you learn to tell the difference between this early sign of pregnancy and your regular menstrual cycle.
Over email, Romper interviewed three OB-GYNs about implantation bleeding. Their descriptions each differ slightly, but all agree that implantation bleeding is lighter in flow and a different color than your regular period. It’s “usually brown,” says Miao Crystal Yu, OB-GYN at Saddleback Medical Center in Laguna Hills, California. Yu elaborates that implantation bleeding is “a little bit of brownish spotting that occurs when the embryo implants.” This matches the characterization Gerardo Bustillo of Memorial Care Medical Group in Fountain Valley, California, gives implantation bleeding, too. According to Bustillo, implantation bleeding doesn’t necessarily have a specific color, but “generally the spotting or bleeding is light.” OB-GYN Yen Tran of Orange Coast Medical Center in Fountain Valley, California, adds that implantation bleeding may look like “pinkish/rusty old brown bloody discharge.”
To distinguish implantation bleeding from a normal period, it’s helpful to understand the process behind it. According to Tran, “After fertilization occurs…