Although most doctors will advise their patients not to rely on implantation bleeding as a positive indication for pregnancy, it is a completely normal and healthy procedure, unlike what is thought by many women. Implantation bleeding is generally an exception nevertheless, as opposed to a mandatory occurrence. While this statement can be debated using the argument that many women generally do not even notice it as such, whether due to inadequate knowledge about it, or due to misinterpretation as some other type of discharge. Other types of discharge include bleeding due to stress, menstruation, anal discharge, regular vaginal discharge, discharge due to vaginal infection etc.
However, despite the unreliability of implantation bleeding symptoms, many women still prefer to use this as a signifier for a positive pregnancy. For cases like this, it is important then to be fully aware of the implantation bleeding symptoms of implantation bleeding.
One of the main things to notice about the bleeding is whether or not it is very small in amount. All types of implantation cramps and bleeding consist of very small amounts of blood being discharged, where as the characteristic quality of all other types of blood discharges is the sizeable quantity involved. This is usually a defining factor in distinguishing between implantation bleeding and other types of discharges. Because of the quantity involved, bleeding due to implantation shows up as a smear or a stain or a trail of a discharge. On the other hand, all other types of discharge appear as a fluid stain. Thus it is quite possible to assume that the bleeding occurring due to implantation lacks the characteristic flow that all other types of discharges have.
Noticing the color might also be a wise manner to go about in distinguishing what is implantation bleeding and what is not. The bleeding appears in the colors of pink to dark brown. The darker the color of the bleeding, the earlier did the fertilization take place. The color is also a good indication of the quantity of blood involved. The bleeding due to implantation occurs nearly five days after the actual implantation has taken place. This is the time period required for the fertilized ovum to travel from the fallopian tubes to the uterine lining, and the amount of time taken for the droplets of blood that were let out during the rupture of the capillaries, to reach and pass out through the cervical opening. Therefore, since two processes will take place during the same timeframe, the amount of time taken by each is negotiable. For those who experience pink to red discharge, it is an indication of an active site of implantation, or a recent implantation. The blood let out had been enough to drive it through to the cervix. For those who experience brownish blood, the quantity is usually less and little enough for the droplets of blood to take more time to reach the cervix.
Other than these the patient can also experience many other physical implantation bleeding symptoms of the body. These include nausea, enhanced appetite, reduced appetite, feverish feelings, constipation, fatigue, enhanced body temperature, sore breasts that are even tenderer around the area of the nipples, as well as abdominal spasms.