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Bleeding during pregnancy: implantation vs ectopic

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An ectopic pregnancy develops outside the uterine cavity.

The general symptoms are the same as those of early pregnancy, accompanied by a positive pregnancy test and lower abdominal pain, which almost always starts before any vaginal bleeding has occurred.

Heavy vaginal bleeding is unlikely, unless the ectopic pregnancy occurs in the cervix.

Implantation bleeding is thought to happen when the fertilized egg attaches to the lining of the uterus. Implantation bleeding usually occurs around the time you would expect to have a menstrual period. However, implantation bleeding generally lasts for a short time and is usually much lighter than menstrual bleeding.


Implantation bleeding would happen before your missed period and before you could have a positive pregnancy test.

Bleeding from an ectopic pregnancy usually starts after 5 weeks of your pregnancy. Bleeding is often accompanied by cramping. If you suspect you have an ectopic pregnancy you need to see your doctor right away because it can be live threatening if left untreated.

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