While planning to get pregnant, women try to analyze every feeling in the body and relate it to conception. Usually, in early stages (1 – 2 weeks) of pregnancy, most of the women don’t experience any symptoms. But few women reported discomfort, abdominal cramps and spotting right from the initial days of the conception.
Some of these symptoms like cramps can be associated with implantation. If you have been wondering what implantation cramps feel like? Then in this article we will let you know everything about implantation and symptoms you may experience while it’s happening. Excited…? Read on…
- 1 What are Implantation Cramps?
- 2 When Does Implantation Occur?
- 3 What do Implantation Cramps Feel Like?
- 4 Where do you feel implantation cramps?
- 5 How long does implantation cramping last?
- 6 Some Other Symptoms of Implantation:
- 7 Implantation Cramps Vs Period Cramps:
- 8 Other Gynecological Reasons for Cramps:
- 9 Some Frequently Asked Questions:
- 10 Conclusion:
What are Implantation Cramps?
Discomfort caused during the implantation process is usually considered as implantation cramps. Here’s what happens during the implantation which may cause the discomfort.
Once the embryo attached itself to the uterus wall it becomes a blastocyst (which looks like a microscopic bubble). At this stage, fetus needs nutrition in order to continue growth properly.
For proper nutrition, the fetus burrows itself into the endometrium lining (from which it can attain nutrition from the blood and tissues). During this implantation process, the fetus will cause rupture to the mucosal lining which allows it to move more deeply.
Usually, the implantation process completes with 24 – 40 hours by which the fetus will completely invade into the endometrium. The uterine wall which affected by the implantation take 4 – 5 days for healing during which some women may experience cramps.
When Does Implantation Occur?
Usually, the fetus implants itself into the endometrium around 7 – 10 days after ovulation. This makes cramping a bit confusing to know whether it is from implantation or beginning of menstruation.
Sometimes, women think it to be implantation however, it turns out to be the initiation of menstrual cycle a few days later. But some women think it to be menstrual cramps and then go on to find they are pregnant after a few weeks.
If you don’t track your menstrual cycle regularly then it can be even more difficult to distinguish between implantation, ovulation and menstrual cramps. So, it is always better to keep a track for a better understanding of the situation.
What do Implantation Cramps Feel Like?
Actually, the implantation cramps can be the same like the pain you experience before getting period. This is why it becomes difficult to differentiate whether it is because of successful implantation or if it is an indication of period. Generally, implantation cramps are a little subtle than period pain and usually reduce within few hours to a day. As per some studies, women stated that the implantation cramps felt like pulling or tugging.
Where do you feel implantation cramps?
You might be thinking that implantation cramps occur in the abdomen part but it is not usually the same in every woman. Some women can experience implantation pains in other body parts as well. For example, it can resemble back pain similar to what you experience during ovulation or during menstruation. Though the implantation happens in the uterus, the pain can be reflected in the back. In some cases, women experienced pain on one side of the abdomen. However, if the cramps are more intense then it is better to consult a doctor.
How long does implantation cramping last?
The cramping usually lasts until the fetus completes invades into the endometrium completely. Usually this process lasts for 1 – 3 days. So, once the process is completed any discomfort or bleeding associated with it will also stop. The cramping can brief like short tug which can last for few seconds, minutes or a day. It can sometime go away and come back. If you are experiencing anything more than the mentioned time frame then it has to be referred to any gynecologist.
Some Other Symptoms of Implantation:
If you want to confirm whether the cramping you have experienced is because of implantation or menstruation, then look out for other early pregnancy symptoms that are common after implantation.
This is one of the most common symptoms of implantation. When the egg burrows itself into the uterus, it may shed some uterine lining which gets discharged through vagina. Usually, the implantation spotting will be very light and bright pink or brown. But if you are experiencing heavy bleeding then it can be the commencement of periods.
Pink spotting refers that the bleeding has taken place only few hours to leave the vagina after implantation. If you have experienced brown spotting then it states that the blood has taken a long time to get expelled from uterus.
2. Breast Changes
Women experience breast changes in their early weeks of pregnancy. Tenderness, swelling and soreness are the common discomforts that occur after implantation. Hormonal changes taking place to support fetal growth are the reasons for these changes. If you are experiencing these changes 7 days after ovulation then there is a high chance of implantation occurrence.
3. Frequent Urination
Just after a week of conception, women may experience increase urination trips to bathroom but passing a small amount of urine. This can be an early sign of pregnancy. Once the egg attaches itself into the uterus, our body starts producing hCB hormone. This hormone signals the body to pump out the blood to pelvic region. Due increased blood flow you will urge to urinate more frequently.
If you suspect to be pregnant then wait until you miss a period and take a home pregnancy test.
Implantation Cramps Vs Period Cramps:
Due to implantation, you may experience slight cramping and bleeding as well. This can often be mistaken with menstruation. However, implantation bleeding is usually lighter than period bleeding. As already mentioned in the article, it is just caused by slight rupture in uterus while embryo is implanting. Medically, the embryo itself is only 2mm so the bleeding can never be more like period blood.
The duration of bleeding also stops once the implantation is completed which will not last more than 40 hours. If you are having bright red heavy bleeding then it is menstruation bleeding.
Other Gynecological Reasons for Cramps:
Some gynecological diseases can also lead to cramps in the abdominal areas which can be mistaken for implantation pain. Below are the other reasons for cramps…
- Ovary neoplasms
- Gynecological infections
- Uterine tumors
- Corpus luteum cyst
- Follicular cyst
- Torsion of uterine appendages
All these diseases can cause abdominal pain at any day of the menstrual cycle. If you think you are experiencing any of these or if the implantation cramp intensify then consult a doctor immediately.
Some Frequently Asked Questions:
1. Can a woman experience implantation pain on one side?
Yes, implantation pain can also be felt only on one side. It can be felt in any lower part of your body like back pain or abdomen pain. Though it is produced by the uterus, the pain can be radiating any part of your body like back, legs or abdomen.
2. Do implantation cramps feel like stomach ache?
Yes, some people experience implantation cramps similar to stomach ache caused by gas, period pain, back pain, contractions or sharp pains. But they don’t usually last for more than few hours.
3. Do all women experience implantation cramps?
Nope, medically the embryo during implantation will be just 2 millimeters in size so, it shouldn’t cause much discomfort while implanting itself. Some women may experience it but for some it goes unnoticed.
If you feel that you are experiencing implantation cramps then wait for few days until you missed a period and take a pregnancy test. Taking a test before missed period may not fetch right results.
If the cramps are intense and exceed more than 3 days continuously then it cannot implantation. So, we recommend consulting a doctor to get diagnosed.
What did your implantation cramps feel like? How was your experience of implantation? Share your experiences so that others can benefit from it. If you have any questions, write to us in the comment section below. We are happy to clarify your concerns.