Signs Of Successful Implantation: Why It Is Important To Stay Optimistic

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If you are trying to get pregnant, or just wondering if you are, then having an idea about what the signs of successful implantation look like will help you determine whether or not you should go out and buy a pregnancy test or just wait and see. This article will give you an idea of what to watch for after possible implantation.

What Happens During Implantation?

After the egg is successfully fertilized by a viable sperm, it travels through the Fallopian tube towards the uterus. It then attaches itself to the lining of the uterus so that it can continue to grow properly.

The whole process, from fertilization to implantation, usually takes about 9-10 days. When implantation is not successful, the body will flush out the egg at the next menstrual flow.

Signs Of Successful Implantation

It is interesting, and frustrating, that the earliest signs of successful implantation can mimic an oncoming period. For instance, you may have cramps that last for up to a week. Cramps can occur because the shape of the uterus begins to change after implantation is successful.

You may also have headaches, fatigue, bloating, and mood swings. All of these symptoms are due to hormonal shifts that occur within the first few weeks. Therefore, if implantation symptoms happen to occur the week before your scheduled period, it can be easy to confuse the implantation symptoms with PMS symptoms.

Another possible sign of successful implantation is bleeding, which is a very normal thing; however, it does not occur in all women. About twenty to thirty percent of women have implantation bleeding. It is caused by the blood vessels being broken as the embryo burrows into the uterus. This is a light-brown discharge, and many women confuse it with the beginning of their period. But, it does not last very long or progress to a brighter color of discharge.

Your temperature may also dip slightly for just one day, about 7-10 days past ovulation. If you are not monitoring your temperature with a basal thermometer, this is not a sign that you will be likely to notice.

Nausea is one of the most common signs that implantation has been successful. In fact, many women start to experience nausea even before they miss a period, which means that this symptom can take place as early as a few weeks after ovulation.

Stay Optimistic Regardless Of The Signs

While all of the above signs can give insight into possible pregnancy, you cannot be sure until you get a test done. Therefore, try to stay optimistic until you know for sure.

Moreover, keep in mind that many women experience no signs of implantation at all, while others only experience one or two. There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to symptoms.

Having Signs But Got A Negative Test Result?

If you are having signs of successful implantation, but a pregnancy test doesn’t agree with your signs, there may not be enough of the hCG hormone to produce a positive result yet. The hCG hormone starts to be produced in the body after the egg attaches to the uterine lining; however, it can take up to 10 days after implantation to produce enough of the hormone in your body to show up on the pregnancy test. This is why recognizing the signs, staying optimistic, and being patient is important.


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My name is Margaret Scott, I am a certified specialist in Obstetrics and Gynecology. I graduated from the Washington University School of Medicine and the University of Oregon. I did my internship at the University of Southern California. I worked at the Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center, at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena and Keck Hospital of the University of Southern California. Now I am a member of several medical associations, the author of scientific articles and a well-known lecturer in CHRs.