How Long After Implantation Bleeding Can I Test (And Why)?

Exact Answer: About 4 to 5 days after implantation bleeding  

Implantation bleeding is known as a small amount of bleeding or light spotting that happens about 10 to 14 days after conception. This is seen as perfectly normal, sometimes even seen as the first symptom that occurs after successful implantation. Implantation bleeding is sometimes mistaken for light periods. Only 25% of the women experience implantation bleeding, so if you’re expecting a child, do not be disappointed if you do not get it. Implantation bleeding usually stops after two days, therefore it is not something that you have to worry about.  

How Long After Implantation Bleeding Can I Test?  

A pregnancy test is normally taken to find out if a woman is pregnant or not. Pregnancy tests work in two ways such as blood and urine tests. Blood tests are more accurate than urine tests. Implantation bleeding is known as light spotting that occurs about after 10 days of ovulation. Implantation bleeding, in some women, comes with light cramping but some women do not notice either the bleeding or cramps because it is very light and usually pink in color. If you are expecting pregnancy, you need to know the difference between periods and implantation bleeding. The period occurs after 14 days of ovulation, while implantation bleeding occurs after 10 days.  

Type of Test When to take a test?  
Home pregnancy urine test  About a week after a missed period 
A blood test which is taken in a clinic  4 to 5 days after a missed period 

Blood tests can detect HCG levels in blood sooner than home pregnancy urine tests. It takes up to 2 weeks after your fertilization to test positive while taking a pregnancy test but in some cases, some sensitive pregnancy tests can detect HCG levels in urine in about 8 days after ovulation. If you take a test sooner than you are supposed to, you will get a negative result even after you have experienced implantation bleeding and other symptoms that accompany it. If you get your implantation bleeding, you will not get your period on the day you are expecting it. A missed period is when you have to take a pregnancy test.  

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Why Should I Wait for So Long to Take a Pregnancy Test after Implantation Bleeding?  

A week after your missed period is the best time to take a test if you want an accurate result. Implantation occurs when the fertilized egg attaches itself to the uterus lining. It takes some time for the embryo to travel to the fallopian tube to result in a successful pregnancy. Once the egg is fertilized successfully, implantation bleeding occurs. This happens before a few days a woman is expecting her period or after two weeks of ovulation. The best time to take a pregnancy test is after a week of implantation bleeding because that is when your body will get ready to detect the level of HCG in your blood. Implantation bleeding is usually a sign of your uterus making way for the embryo. Even if you feel extremely tempted to take a test, wait for up to 5 days to a week after implantation bleeding or a week after a missed period to let your body develop HCG levels in your blood.  

Remember, that implantation bleeding occurs earlier than when you expect your period, the spotting lasts for only up to few hours to a day or two. The cramps women experience during implantation bleeding are very mild which is in contrast to your menstrual cramps. You have to notice the details of your spotting or bleeding to make sure that it is not your period but your implantation bleeding.  

Conclusion  

It is completely fine if you do not experience implantation bleeding, as only one-third of the women experience it. If your implantation bleeding gives you hard cramps, you need to contact your doctor. An implantation bleeding stops on its own and doesn’t usually require medical help unless you weren’t expecting to get pregnant. Implantation bleeding is usually brown or light pink. Unless you experience very light bleeding, implantation bleeding, or just bleeding in general during pregnancy is not something you need to worry about. A successful implant comes with other few signs such as morning sickness. Take a pregnancy test or consult a doctor to be sure of it.  

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References

  1. https://academic.oup.com/humrep/article/18/9/1944/708284?login=true
  2. https://europepmc.org/article/med/23137398
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