What color does implantation bleeding usually appear

Implantation bleeding occurs when the egg attaches to the uterus, around 6-12 days after ovulation. It is usually a very light pink or brownish spotting that happens about 1 week before your period would have normally been due. Implantation typically lasts for several hours to several days. While implantation bleeding generally only lasts one day, it can last up to two weeks in some rare cases. Implantation bleeding generally has many colors here are some of them.


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Brown implantation bleeding can occur due to the cervix opening up.

Bright red

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Bright red implantation bleeding is usually the result of blood that was already in the uterus, mixing with the small amount of blood from implantation that has dripped into your cervix.

Dark brown

Dark brown spotting may simply be old blood leaving your body after ovulation, which could have happened anywhere between six weeks prior to this incident and several days ago. Both bright red and dark brown spotting are usually nothing to be too concerned about, particularly if no fresh bright or dark red bleeding occurs around this time as well.

Pinkish/Light Red

Light pink or light red spotting could indicate a blood vessel has burst or blood is present near the cervix. You may be more likely to spot it when you wipe after using the bathroom, but this should not last for more than several days and it should not cause any pain.


Watery implantation spotting is fairly common in many women and is simply a sign that your body is adjusting to the hormones that are released during pregnancy.

Dark red

Dark red spotting may occur if the blood from implantation is left in your vagina for an extended period of time. This can be a sign of miscarriage, and you should contact your doctor immediately.

Light Brown

Light brown spotting represents a mix between blood from implantation and old dried blood. This type of spotting may also indicate that you have been bleeding for several days prior to when you spotted this color, or at another point in your menstrual cycle. In most cases, light brown implantation bleeding isn’t anything to be concerned about, but it’s important to look out for any additional bright red or dark red spotting around this time as well since it could represent a problem.


If implantation bleeding turns yellowish, it could indicate an infection combined with early pregnancy hormonal changes. Contact your doctor immediately if you notice this type of implantation bleeding.


Green implantation bleeding is typically the result of an infection or sexually transmitted disease.


If implantation bleeding suddenly changes colors to white, this could indicate that there is a problem with your pregnancy. Contact your doctor immediately for additional testing if you notice any sudden change in your implantation bleeding color.


Black implantation bleeding will always require immediate medical attention since it can indicate miscarriage, premature delivery, or even problems with the placenta. You should contact your doctor immediately if you are spotting black blood at any time during pregnancy.


It is not always easy to identify implantation bleeding. If you are unsure about what type of bleeding you are experiencing, wait a few days and see if your symptoms change or alleviate before contacting your doctor. Also, keep in mind that early pregnancy spotting can be normal at times, but more than 6 spots of bright red blood per hour should always be reported to your doctor for further testing.

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