Implantation Pain: Understanding the Pain Associated with Implantation

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A woman’s body undergoes a major transformation when implantation occurs. Essentially, the body has to make room for the baby to grow. Organs move up and out of the way, and the uterus will actually grow. It’s an unimaginable, beautiful change, but before this all occurs, implantation must take place.

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Implantation pain will first be experienced after the cells divide and move down the fallopian tube until it is eventually in the uterus and attaches to the uterine wall.

Some women will feel pain at this time.

What to Expect from Implantation Pain

Implantation pain is far less painful than period pain. If you’re used to restless nights or cramps that are so intense you have to hunch over, you won’t experience any of this. A few things to note about this pain is that it is:

  • Less intense than menstrual cramps.
  • Short-term, with many women only feeling pain for minutes.

In fact, some women won’t feel any pain at all. Since only a third of woman will have implantation bleeding, most women will completely ignore the pains they feel as early menstrual cramping or indigestion.

What Does Implantation Feel Like?

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The feeling of implantation will differ from one woman to the next. What is felt most often is one or a combination of the following:

  • Sharp Pain: Normally in the lower abdomen. Sharp, localized pain may be felt for a brief moment from seconds to a minute or more in length. Many women experience this pain for just 10 seconds before it goes away.
  • Stomach Tightening: Women will feel a tightening in their stomach that is almost the same sensation of having pants on that are too tight. This may feel like the start of your period.

Some women also experience full pain in their lower abdomen or brief lower back pain. The issue is that many of these pains cannot be verified until many days or weeks later, so most women forget about the pain they’ve felt or ignored it as a sign of implantation.

The moment implantation pain arises, it means that you’ll be far more worried about future pains occurring. Pregnancy brings along cramps, aches, swelling, back pain and stomach pain for some women. For other women, pregnancy is very comfortable, with little to no pain experienced by the woman.

When to Worry About Implantation Pain

Normal implantation pains are not to be worried about. Pains are very infrequent and will only occur between 6 to 12 days after conception if pregnancy has occurred. However, there are times when you may think pain is implantation, but it is not.

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If you experience any of the following symptoms, you should consult with your doctor:

  • Severe abdomen pain
  • Severe bleeding
  • Severe cramping

The blood that is accompanied with implantation is not heavy in most cases. If you have exceptionally heavy blood, this is likely another issue or menstrual bleeding. If you normally do not have heavy periods, you will want to consult with a doctor to ensure that you’re physically okay.

Severe pains are often caused by:

  • Kidney stones
  • Bladder infections
  • Gallstones
  • Appendicitis
  • Intestinal flu
  • Ectopic pregnancy

Implantation may or may not cause bleeding. If it does cause bleeding, you can expect light pink or brownish discharge. Spotting is most common, and heavy blood is very rare from implantation. You can expect this bleeding to last as little as a few hours to as long as 3 or 4 days with most women having bleeding for just 1 to 2 days.

Implantation pain may not be accompanied by bleeding.

If you’re trying to get pregnant and are one of the women that do experience implantation bleeding and pain, you’ll know early on that you’re pregnant – well before a pregnancy test could confirm it.

31 COMMENTS

  1. I had sex on the sunday 17th september and a week later on sunday 24th september i started spotting when i wiped and the same happened on the morning. However on the evening of monday i started to have a heavy flow with blood clots and started to get cramping and lower back pain. I also feel like i need to be sick but not physciallu just the feeling i like i need to be all the time. I somwletimes i get headache evwry now and then.Am i having implantion bleeding and could i be pregnant?

  2. I had my “period” about a week ago (6 days) but the strange thing is I didn’t cramp at all, which is weird for me because I usually feel like I’m dying … well literally the day after my period stopped I started having faint period cramps… still having them …. no blood I’m not due to ovulate till next week so it can’t be that… also on and off nausea … fatigue as well…. I took a pregnancy test 6 days ago…. there was a very very faint line but it was there… waited a few days and took the other test and there was a line but it was horizontal but it’s suppsoed to run up and down not side to side (equate brand) looked later at the test and it was gone… I’m compleltely baffled by what’s going on…

  3. I am 8 days past ovulation. Have milky colored watery cervical mucus. Just had a sharp pain in my right lower abdomen that lasted 30 second maybe. 6 days until period is due.

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  4. I’m having these pains as if I’ve done sit ups and I haven’t. It started Saturday morning and it radiated from my back so bad I literally had to squat for 3 minutes. But I’m still having the tightening of my abdomen. As I speak my lower to middle part of my back hurts. My left boob has been itching off and on, my boobs feel a little bigger and when I eat I’m full but I still keep going. I went to the bathroom at work and I saw lotion like mucus after I peed, I didn’t notice anything when I wiped…sorry about that. What does it sound like you to you all 🤔

  5. I am late for my menstrual periods by 5 days. I am having severe cramps but no blood. I took a home pregnancy test and it was negative. I urinate a lot recently. could I be pregnant?

  6. hi about five days after ovulation i was laying down and i felt two succesive sharp pulls maybe like in my uterus after those i hv not felt anything yet…what could that be? do i hv to see a doctor, though am ttc.

  7. I had my mirena removed on oct 3rd, me and my boyfriend been sexually active he started ejected starting on the 16th of October every 2 days on the 10-31-17 I started to spot brownish that night till the following day almost a little over 2 days what does this mean

  8. Hello
    I had sex for the first time on 24th , I bled after that and again when I had it the next day , the same thing happened. After that the bleeding stopped. Then we had sex on 1st , which was a rough one, it was unprotected sex but he pulled it before ejaculation. I am having irregular periods and did not get it from 2 months. But on 1st I bled a lot bright red blood was seen after sex and the next day it continued. It was quite less on the third day and on the 4th day it was almost gone, slight blood. I now experience a bit of abdominal cramps and leg cramps too. Please suggest me what to do ?

  9. Yesterday, I went pee and when I wiped, I had light pink blood on the toilet paper. Later on, it became brownish. Today, I have peed quite a few times (its normal for me to pee a lot) and each time it was different. I had light pink. I had a brownish color and I have had a deep reddish brown. So I’m not quite sure what’s going on. My periods are normal and I haven’t ever experienced this. Today, I have also started having pain in my back and right under my ribs and in my stomach. Does anyone have a clue what these symptoms could be from? Or is my period just being weird?

  10. 18 november was mylast date of period and l have sex on 21 nov night and from novemb 22 i notice pink blood then from there im bleeding upto nw 24 and its nw a have flow . It also hapened last monthy im nw confused What does that mean??

  11. We are planning for a baby…. I had sex on 8th nov… I had my lasr period on 26th oct…
    Usually my periods comes before a week of my last date… so it should be on 20th nov…
    And again on 24th nov m bleeding again…… and the flow is v low…… so I m confused that I m pregnant or not…… I did pregnancy test
    1st time & 2nd time it was negative
    But 3rd time today I did it again so the line was faint faint in colour
    M confusecan any one tell if I should take it as positive or negative

  12. I woke up this morning had really sharp cramping pain that nearly bent me over in my seat and its been goin on off and on all day…. I just started lightly bleeding and I have been off my period for 2 days now

  13. Hey, so i had unprotected sex about a week ago usually do the pull out method & yesterday i was suppose to get my period and i have this brownish pink spotting and some cramping is there a chance i could be pregnant?

  14. Hi can any one help me.
    yesterday 8th march was my due but no AF, feeling sleepy, dizziness, sore breast, and also cramping in lower abdomen along with lower back pain. My appetite also increased, sometime i feel very hungry and sometime dont want to eat anything. Feeling sick. I am trying to conceive from 2 years but no luck. first time i am having this symptoms could i be pregnant……………

  15. I hadn’t unprotected sex 3 days ago I’m 16, and he said he didn’t cum but I’m having light bleeding and I’m having stomach pains and I’ve been having headaches off and on and I don’t know what it means could I be pregnant?!

  16. I’ve been pregnant twice before and both times I just knew. Now I know again but am just trying to make sure as it hasn’t been quite a month and the father is 75yrs old. No bleeding, just cramps in my lower abdomen, vaginal discomfort and sensitive nipples which I never get with my periods. Maybe I’m going through implantation?

  17. Am Joice had my menses on 19th March,after days later I had couple of sex. Today being 7th of April went to bath n saw some blood while trying to pee. N am having abdominal Back n waist pains. Can it be am pregnant? I just don’t wanna text check now for that.

  18. Hi. I had sex on the 27th, 29th and 30th March. On the 6th April, I felt a pinching in my lower abdomen followed by two days of very light pink/brown spotting. I took a clearblue early test on the 13th which showed a very faint line. I now have loads of One Step early tests, which I’ve been taking everyday,which are showing up negative and clearblue digital showed up negative on Saturday 14th. Surely, after over a week after implantation, I should be getting positives?? Could I have lost the baby without realising?

  19. Hi, I’m hoping someone can help me. I am 10 days late on my period. My boobs are fuller I’m feeling sick and dry heaving after eating. Really tied and I’m normally really fit and healthy. I had white milky discharge for a few days but no blood. I have back ache and I had pain in my lower left stomach that would come and go for the last 3 days but that that pain stopped today. I have to wake up on the night to pee, I feel pregnant but don’t want to be kidding myself as I got a negative pregnancy test this morning. Could I be pregnant? Any advice would be appreciated.

  20. My period went off the 6th of April and I ovulate a couple days after my period goes off. I had sex on the 13th and 4 days later I went to the bathroom and white and it was like a vibrant red but it was like spotting only had it for maybe an hour or two. Could this be implantation bleeding.

  21. I was suppose to start my period April 10 I went 2weeks and a day with no blood or pain this morning I took a test it said negative but when I wiped there was blood. I’m usually a heavy bleeder and this is very light,my lower back and lower abdomen hurts I got nauseous around 1:30-2pm today otherwise I don’t have any other symptoms. I’m thinking I’m pregnant but test says different…

  22. I have my preoid 30th March -3 April and have it again on 25th April – 29 but have unpotected sex on 14th April will l be pregnant

  23. Hi everyone I need help…WE LOST OUR SON OCTOBER 31,2017 PRE-TERM DELIVERY… SO WE ARE BRAVE AND TRYING AGAIN!!!

    My period was April 12th-17th, we had sex April 28th 2018 I ovulate on the 30th. Okay soo May 3rd that night i was having some cramping for like a few moments…Okay cool brushed it off and was like whatever cause I wasn’t thinking about it since I am planning my wedding for this september 22nd getting pregnant was the last thing I am thinking of…Okay soo May 4th I wake up, go to the bathroom to get ready for work I use the bathroom wipe and I have this faint pink discharge so I said “Oh No not my period..lolol” then i grabbed my phone to log in and noticed wait I just finished my period…So please what do you guys think? As of today i have no pregnancy syptoms

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