From the glorious moment that your egg is fertilized, that egg feels like a job to your womb. Once there, it seeks a good place to settle in. After the implantation, the embryo starts producing pregnancy hormones. That is the moment you are really pregnant! It is also a moment that many women look forward to with great excitement.
The implantation takes place 23 days after the first day of the last period (with a cycle of 28 days). There are women who at that moment feel a stabbing pain or cramps that resemble menstrual cramps. This is possible implantation pain to be.
When does the implantation take place?
To determine if that pain that you feel is implantation pain or something else, it is helpful to know when the implantation is. The first thing you need to know is your menstrual cycle, but you probably already have a clear view on this because you are trying to become pregnant. On average women have a menstrual cycle of 28 days. In this cycle, the entire process of ovulation, fertilization and implantation proceeds as follows:
- You will be on period 1
- 14 days later your ovulation and on that day your egg can be fertilized. Usually this happens within 12 hours.
- 23 days after the first day of your period, the implantation takes place. This is nine days after your ovulation.
Other ways to determine the day of implantation:
- Do you know when you are ovulating? Then the implantation is 9 days later.
- Do you know when to get back on time? Subtract 5 days from the day on which your next period should start.
Inflammatory pain symptoms
Every month the weather is exciting and every month you hope that you do not get any period. There are many women who hope that it is implantation pain with every strange pain they feel. After all, this means that the embryo is ready to develop into a small baby. Although there are women who certainly feel something of the implantation, most women feel little to nothing.
It is also not yet scientifically proven whether women can actually feel this. Anyway, that does not take away the possibility. Women who felt it and were later pregnant also described implantation pain as stitches at the bottom of the abdomen (often right) or as (light) menstruation cramps.
What can cause the implantation pain?
Why do some women feel something and the others do not? This is mainly due to the already known phenomenon that every body is different. The stabbing pain of the implantation can be a reaction from the uterus. The fertilized egg must 'drill' into the uterine lining.
Have you felt cramps during implantation and did you also suffer from implantation bleeding? Then this pain is caused by the blood loss that stimulates the uterus. The cramps hold longer in this case.
What is implantation bleeding?
It can happen that the implantation is accompanied by some blood loss. This is called implantation bleeding. The bleeding is caused by a blood vessel being hit during implantation. Since the uterine wall at that time is extra blood flow and thicker (because it prepares for a possible pregnancy) it is extra vulnerable.
How bad the blood loss is, is very different per woman, but it is in any case less severe than with a regular menstrual period. The color of the blood can be pink, brown or bright red.
An implantation bleeding does not occur in most cases. Women do have this sometimes confuse it with a regular menstrual period.
When can you do a pregnancy test after implantation pain?
There are women who know their own body so well that they immediately recognize implantation pain. But it can also be that you feel something strange and you think it is implantation pain. At that moment you are of course eager to do a pregnancy test.
But when can you do that? If you have a cycle of 28 days, you can do a test 28 days after the first day of your last period. Is this negative or do you only see a thin line on the pregnancy test, but are you still not on time? Then wait a few days and try again.