Bleeding During Pregnancy
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is Possible to be Pregnant - and still have a Period?
A missed period may be one
of the first pregnancy symptoms you experience - along with a bit of morning
sickness or a positive pregnancy test. However, some customers have contacted
us and asked if it is possible to have a period and still be pregnant? The answer,
in simple terms, is "no". That's because, when you become pregnant,
certain hormones are produced to maintain the pregnancy and prevent the endometrium
from shedding - otherwise known as menstruation, or your period.
Explanations for bleeding during pregnancy.
Once you achieve pregnancy
(when the fertilized embryo "implants" in your uterus), a hormone
is secreted by the nascent placenta called hCG. This is the hormone detected
by our high-sensitivity pregnancy tests. hCG sends a hormonal message to the
body to produce more of the hormone progesterone, which in turn warms the body
and prevents your period from showing on time, typically around 2 weeks after
While you cannot have a
period and still be pregnant, you may experience bleeding or spotting that is
not associated with your menstrual cycle/period. If you are trying-to-conceive,
its important to pay attention to symptoms of spotting or bleeding, particularly
if you have already confirmed a pregnancy with a pregnancy test. Some possible
explanations include implantation bleeding or atypical bleeding during early
While the term "implantation
bleeding" sounds a bit dire, it is not a bad thing at all. In
fact, it may actually be the first pregnancy sign you experience. Implantation
is the process whereby a fertilized egg connects to - or implants in - the lining
of your womb (the endometrium). Implantation typically takes place about a week
or so after you conceive, though it could happen sooner. Signs of implantation
bleeding include just small amounts of blood or light spotting. The appearance
of implantation blood/spotting is typicaly different than red menstrual blood
- usually a just a light pink or brown color tone.
Not every woman will experience
this pregnancy symptom, so if you fail to spot some days after ovulation, this
certainly does not indicate that you missed your chance to achieve pregnancy
that month. We recommend that you take an early pregnancy tests, but wait at
least 7-10 days past ovulation (this is when our tests can begin to detect the
pregnancy hormone). If you are concerned about unusual bleeding at any time
during your cycle, you should contact your doctor.
Bleeding during early pregnancy
(not related to the process of implantation) can also be experienced by some
women. In these cases, bleeding may emulate that of your period (which can be
confusing - because this is not actually a menstrual cycle period). If you experience
bleeding during pregnancy, you should talk to your doctor, as it could be a
sign of miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy.
One possible explanation
for bleeding during pregnancy is an "ectopic pregnancy" - when the
pregnancy takes place in the fallopian tube rather than in the uterine lining
of the womb. An ectopic pregnancy may pose a risk of damage to the fallopian
tube, so any bleeding during early pregnancy should signal you to contact your
doctor. A doctor can check your hCG levels to determine if an ectopic pregnancy
is indicated (as women with ectopic pregnancies will typically have lower-than-normal
hCG levels in their blood).
The possibility of miscarriage
is also a possibility if bleeding takes place during early pregnancy. Symptoms
of bleeding do not necessarily suggest that a miscarriage will take place; in
fact, half of women who experience early pregnancy bleeding do not end up having
a miscarriage. That said, a miscarriage very early in pregnancy is not uncommon.
In some cases, a woman may have a miscarriage before she even discovers she
is pregnant. For TTC women who test for pregnancy each cycle, a "chemical
pregnancy" is a phenomenon in which a pregnancy takes place for a short
time - just long enough to determine a positive result on a pregnancy tests.
A "chemical pregnancy" is followed by a very early miscarriage and
typically no other pregnancy symptoms will be felt. Most other miscarriages
occur with the first twelve weeks and miscarriage is not atypical: they occur
in between fifteen and twenty percent of pregnancies.
With the exception of light
spotting that may be attributed to "implantation bleeding", if you
do experience bleeding any time during pregnancy, it is advised to contact your
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