How Long Does Implantation Bleeding Last

While many women will experience a little spotting between periods, it is normally nothing to be concerned about. Brown vaginal discharge is old blood that is just being discharged, this is very common occurrence and should cause no alarms. Brown bloody discharge can occur right at the end of your menstrual cycle, around ovulation, or after a vaginal exam. If you have recently had unprotected sex, the brown discharge can also be a sign of early pregnancy.

What Does Implantation Bleeding Look Like?

Implantation bleeding will have the appearance of brown of pinkish colored discharge. This discharge most often occurs at the same time, as a fertilized egg attaches itself to the lining of the uterus. You may also notice some breast tenderness and bloating, as well.

When Does Implantation Bleeding Occur?

The implantation bleeding symptoms will begin to occur around the 5th-12th after conception. This is why implantation bleeding is most often the first sure sign of pregnancy. You will first notice the discharge, before you even notice that your period is late.

How Long Does Implantation Bleeding Last?

The time varies actually and may last from a few hours all the way up to 2 days. You must remember that every female is different and is this one of those ways that Mother Nature is trying to tell you that you are pregnant, which means that the time frame will vary.

Signs Of Implantation Bleeding

  • Spotting
  • Low quantity of brownish or pinkish vaginal discharge
  • No abdominal pain should be noted
  • Morning sickness
  • Constipation
  • Polyuria (frequent urination)

Ectopic Pregnancy

This occurs when the embryo or fertilized egg implants itself in the fallopian tubes or elsewhere, other than the normal location, cavity of the uterus. Signs of ectopic pregnancy include:

  • Scant vaginal bleeding
  • Nausea/Vomiting
  • Severe lower abdominal cramps
  • Vertigo (dizziness)
  • Rectal, shoulder, neck pain
  • Severe hemorrhaging, if the fallopian tubes rupture
  • Syncope (passing out)

What Is PID

PID is a pelvic inflammatory disease that may be linked to an untreated sexually transmitted disease. PID can also decrease your changes of getting pregnant and it has been recorded that 1 in every 8 women will experience infertility due to this disease (CDC). Infection of the reproductive organs is classified, as PID and needs to be treated to prevent further complications.

PID Symptoms

  • Lower abdominal pain
  • Fever (higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • Vaginal discharge with a foul odor
  • Spotting and pain, during sex
  • Burning sensation on urination
  • Bleeding between menstrual cycle
  • Vaginal fluid with a high number of WBCs present
  • Increased ESR (erythrocyte sedimentation rate)

PID Treatment

  • Antibiotics (Doxycycline, Cefoxitin, Cefotetan)
  • Antibiotics with less effectiveness includes Clindamycin and Gentamicin
  • Hospitalization may be required in more severe cases such as pregnancy, appendicitis, high fever, tubo-ovarian abscess, and does not respond to oral medications


Post menopause bleeding may also in the form of a brownish colored discharge. If you experience any type of abnormal bleeding, you should follow up with your gynecologist just to ensure yourself that you are not experiencing any type of medical complication.

It is important to note what color is implantation bleeding, so you can relay this information to your gynecologist.