Recognizing Implantation Symptoms | MUST WATCH

So I often get questions from patients, or
all of you, watching here on YouTube and my fertility TV channel, about confusion, if
you’re getting your period, or if this is just what we call implantation bleeding, that
mysterious magical implantation bleeding. And actually I got that exact email, with
tons of basal body temperature charts this week, which is why I’m coming to you to answer
this exact question. So in this video, I’m going to be talking
about common pregnancy symptoms, and how to differentiate those from those that come with
your period. Stay tuned. Before we begin this video, I want to quickly
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and hit the bell, so that I can help you too. So this is a very common question that I get
asked. Implantation bleeding or spotting, what does
it look like, and am I having it? And actually this exact week, I’ve been going
back and forth with one of my awesome followers and community members and tribe members, because
she’s had all of these symptoms and signs, including all the shifts that we’d like to
see in her BBT. And she was wondering if she was actually
pregnant or not. And so that is the spark, if you will, for
the details of this video. So the important thing, or one of the important
things, I should say, there’s many when it comes to this, that we should recognize is
that implantation spotting or bleeding does not happen for all women. It does happen for some, but it’s not a must. You could still be pregnant without it, and
you still might have spotting or bleeding around that same time, and actually might
not be pregnant. So I know that sounds confusing, but hopefully
by the end of this video when I give you all the more details that are involved with it,
it will all make a little bit more sense for you. So what are the signs, if you will, of implantation? One of the first ones, and a great one, especially
if you are already tracking your basal temperature, as I alluded to earlier, is your BBT, or your
basal body temperature charting. You might actually see a dip in your temperatures
in the luteal phase, somewhere between six days to 10 days post. I do have some women who might see that dip
a little bit later, but I don’t find that to be as common. I do mostly find that it happens somewhere
between day six and 10. Implantation usually does start to happen
around six to seven days, maybe eight days, post-ovulation. And so that would be when we’d expect to see
this dip in the basal temperature chart, like I’m describing. So your chart would go up, and then as you’re
going across, in the luteal phase, six to 10 days into it, you’ll see a drop before
you go back up. So the other symptom of implantation is implantation
spotting, or bleeding, which I mentioned earlier. Now, not every woman will get this around
implantation, and quite frankly, I don’t see this that often, but if it does happen it
will be typically more spotting than bleeding. You’re not really going to have a full bleed. You’re going to have more of just like a little
spot, where you might just need a liner, or nothing at all, to manage it. Timing of the implantation spotting, typically
will happen post-ovulation, obviously, but more so seven, six to 10 days, beyond. So implantation starts to happen somewhere
between day five and seven, and so implantation spotting, I tend to see, if I’m going to see
it, somewhere around day six, seven, eight, nine, 10. It can go as long as day 12, I don’t see that
that often. And the woman who reached out to me this week,
when I saw the signs for her, that happened, it was eight days post-ovulation, so there
is a window of time that that can happen. Obviously, with any bleeding, color’s always
a factor, and this is no different. Considering that it’s spotting, we will tend
to see it be lighter or brown. I have had patients remark that it has been
almost every shade of red, but typically we will see it be more on the lighter red, or
brown spotting as well. So anytime we talk about any type of bleed,
we do talk about quantity of the bleed, and because this is spotting, it really shouldn’t
be a lot. It shouldn’t be a big bleed, a more heavy
bleed. On rare occasions, I have seen patients who
have had a heavier implantation bleed, but it will only happen for a short period of
time. That will only happen for about a day or less,
and that really brings us to the timing factor of this. How long will it last, the duration of it. And implantation spotting really should not
last for a long time, typically it will just last for a couple of hours, or it might just
be a moment in time, but really not more than a day. Again, on rare occasions, I have seen it go
beyond a day, but typically it would just be for that day, or part of it. So another symptom of implantation is cramping. Now cramping could be a sign of all sorts
of things. We could see cramping at ovulation, we could
see cramping at implantation, we could see cramping at menstruation. You can also get cramping if you’re pregnant,
so it’s not the best symptom in and of itself, but it can be a sign of implantation, if all
of those things line up and you also have cramping in conjunction with that. When we start talking about pregnancy symptoms,
and can the symptoms you’re experiencing post implantation, and towards the end of the luteal
phase be signs of pregnancy? I really don’t like to rely on the pregnancy
symptoms that you’ll read about on Dr. Google. Yes. Do they happen? Absolutely. But can you be pregnant without any of those
symptoms? 100%. I do find that the symptoms are more intense,
and happen more frequently. The pregnancy symptoms, mind you, is what
we’re talking about at this point, when patients are on progesterone, and if that is the case,
that’s also another reason not to trust it. It will make, progesterone will mimic, or
replicate, and produce those signs and symptoms that you might have when you were, when you
are pregnant, but because you’re taking progesterone, they’re not the most trustworthy of symptoms. So we take it with a grain of salt. Would I rather have some symptomatology than
none? Absolutely, but does that mean that you’re
pregnant? That may or may not be the case. One of the other things for us to take into
account, when we’re talking about progesterone, is this association with spotting or bleeding,
so we were just talking about implantation spotting or bleeding. I do find that with patients who are taking
progesterone, and specifically the vaginal suppositories, or the vaginal medication,
the cream essentially, that we’re talking about with progesterone, that can and often
does irritate the vaginal lining and the cervix itself. And I do find that irritation actually causes
spotting or bleeding for many women. So if you are one of those women who are spotting
and bleeding, and you’re taking progesterone, just be mindful that that’s probably coming
from the progesterone, and not from implantation. I’m not saying it’s a bad thing, but progesterone
usually stops the bleeding, doesn’t usually cause implantations spotting or bleeding. So just take that into account, and just know
that where that’s coming from. Because that’s very common as well. So what are signs of having a period, and
not implantation or not pregnancy? Unfortunately some of these things do look
the same, and can mimic one another. But a period, you could have, your spotting
or bleeding will be closer to your time of menstruation, right. So it’s not going to happen a week before,
you’re more likely to have that bleeding days leading up to menstruation, and hopefully
that spotting, and it’s not just bleeding, and that it should typically be darker, be
more clotty, if you will, and you’ll start to see that association more so with menstruation. You can have more cramping, and that cramping
is different than the cramping associated with implantation, because the one with implantation
is more mild, and this one can be more intense and more severe. And this can also, meaning the signs of symptoms
leading to menstruation, can cause more mood symptoms associated with it as well. Coming back to my first point, where we were
talking about basal body temperature charting, if you are charting, what you will typically
see in your temperatures, in association with menstruation, is that your BBT will drop,
and drop somewhat significantly, as you’re getting ready to, or just starting your period. So that’s definitely a sign. And then, obviously, your bleed will be much
longer and heavier, in association with your menstruation. What is the number one way to know if you
are pregnant and if that implantation spotting or bleeding was actually, in fact, implantation? Well, in the end we do want to see that with
a pregnancy test. So you can do a home pregnancy test. I don’t recommend doing these personally until
you are a day or two past your expected menstrual date. I do know that many women like to do these
early, I’m just not the biggest fan of it and I prefer to wait till afterwards, until
a missed period, so that you know for sure that all of those things line up. But the best way is to take a home pregnancy
test. Once you do get a positive home pregnancy
test, then my recommendation and something I always do with all my patients, is we do
blood work. I want to know what the actual number of your
HCG is. It’s not enough for me to know that it’s positive
or negative. I want to know what that number is. I also want to know what your progesterone
number is, because that’s also important for me, and I will typically test those, again,
two days later, because we want to see that the progesterone is maintaining at a good
level, or increasing, and we’ve certainly want to see that HCG roughly double in that
same timeframe. So that is, by far, the gold standard and
that’s what I always recommend if you for sure want to know if you are pregnant. Since we are talking about bleeding and pregnancy,
I do want to just make a side note here for all of you, it is fairly common to bleed or
spot during your pregnancy. I see this in many, many of my patients. The spotting or bleeding associated with your
pregnancy does not have to be a bad thing, and because we do see it so frequently, what
I can tell you is that 90% of my patients who do have spotting or bleeding with their
pregnancy, everything turns out just fine. There’s many causes for it. Like I mentioned before, progesterone alone
can cause some spotting or bleeding. There is something called a sub chorionic
hematoma, or hemorrhage. Sounds scary, but usually those turn out just
fine. And I’m not going to go into all of those
details right now, I just want you to know that spotting or bleeding in your pregnancy
is fairly common, so don’t get overly concerned about it, but definitely reach out to either
your fertility specialist, or your OBGYN, so that they can just make sure that everything
is going well, as I hope it would be. Okay, so now that all of you understand a
little bit more about implantation, spotting, the signs and symptoms around implantation,
and menstruation, that was a lot of information, right? But now that we got that out of the way, let’s
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  2. Plz help I had two ectopic pregnancy one left one was in right methotextre given plz suggest what should I do for natural conceive plz plz help

  3. Dr Marc when ever my ovulation pass I will have cramps on my lower abdomen and if I sneeze I get a serious pain below my abdomen, should I worry about it please?

  4. Hi Dr Marc I left a loooooong message for you on the AMH video by the comments. I honestly don't know what is going on with me. Yesterday the 9th I saw like a very light bleeding it was pinkish in color I saw it when I was washing. Put a pad as I thought it was the beginning of my period. Nothing came out the pad was clean no stain whatsoever when I got up this morning. Washed and I was just clean. But I put a pad on the way to work getting home the pad is clean 🤔I don't have any symptoms at all. I am on progesterone if you find my message I sent last night you will know a bit of my history around the TTC journey of mine. I'm just having mild cramps, headaches, backaches, I'm confused as I expected my period today the 10th and there is nothing, no period I don't have sore boobs or cravings. Please tell me what is going on with me. And I'm one of those culprits who test before a missed period 🙈 I did test on the 9th yesterday and it was negative 🤔🤔🤔🤔 please help Kind regards Nancy

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