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Hi, I have a question about the statistics about bleeding during pregnancy. When looking online it shows everywhere from it's common for women to experience bleeding during pregnancy to it's very rare. The percentage numbers I see most are 20-30%. Does this mean that 20-30% of pregnant women experience implantation bleeding? Or does it mean that 20-30% of women experience decidual bleeding? Or does it mean that 20-30% experience one of the two? If it means the last one, then what's the percentage approximately of women who experience fairly normal period-like bleeding during their expected times early in pregnancy?
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HI Iced Tea,

It means that 20% to 30% of women who become pregnant experience some type of bleeding or spotting during pregnancy. We really don't have a more specific breakdown on the types of bleeding or when in the pregnancy the bleeding occurs.

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Ok thanks robin, and another question about something that I saw that I was wondering of you could verify. Ive seen that if someone bleeds as much as a regular period (or sheds as much of the uterine lining) then that also proves they're not pregnant because of they shed that much of the lining, then there's nowhere for the fetus to grow and develop. It seems like that makes sense, do you know if that's true?
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Yep, that's correct; the egg imaplnts into the lining of the uterus, and if that isn't there, that can't happen. It's not possible to have a period an be pregnant.

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Thats what I thought, but isn't decidual bleeding shedding of the uterine lining? If so, how would decidual lining be possible?
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Decidual bleeding*
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Yes, it is shedding, or partial shedding, of the uterine lining, but the cause is different. So, where someone's menstrual cycle means that they have a pattern of ovulation, then menstruation if there is no pregnancy, Decidual bleeding doesn't run on a predictable schedule like that.

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Ohh so decidual bleeding doesn't always happen when a normal period would? And when it does it's just by chance that it happened at the same time? Is that correct?
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Yes. Decidual bleeding does not follow a schedule, it is irregular bleeding. It also does not generally look like a period.

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Alright thanks. So the chances of someone being pregnant and having period like bleeding during their regular menstration time is extremely small, even I it's decidual bleeding?
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Yep. When women do experience decidual bleeding during a pregnancy, the chances that it resembles their period are pretty small.

So, when you have bleeding that happens when your period is due, and that looks like your period (flow, length of time, etc) you can be pretty sure that it is, indeed, your period. Anything else would be a huge concidence.

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So much information on the Internet I'm glad you guys can clarify for me! I didn't know that decidual bleeding was random or irregular, so that if it did happen when a period is normally due, it's a total coincidence.... Thanks for clarifying
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Sorry, but i'm still a tad bit confused and i just would like to clarify. So decidual bleeding is period like bleeding, and that's why it's sometimes confused as a period. However, it doesn't always happen around the normal period time, it happens at random times. So, when it does happen at a normal period time that is a total coincidence, because it follows no schedule or anything like that?
Is that correct?

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Yep, that's right. [Smile]

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Does decidual bleeding normally occur more than once if it happens? Like would it come once a month or once throughout the pregnancy, etc?
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It really just depends on the person. Some women will have it occur in really small amounts off and on others one while some others still won't have it occur at all.

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Does dicidyal bleeding normally last for a few days when it happens? And you also said that it wouldn't normally resemble a period, so what's the difference?
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Often decidual bleeding is lighter, and it doesn't follow a pattern the way periods do (so if someone has bleeding during pregnancy when they would normally expect a period, that's just a coincidence). How long it lasts really varies from person to person: it can last for a day or several days.

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So if you've had 3 periods that come around the time they're supposed to, you can be sure that it's not decidual bleeding and you're not pregnant?
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That's right.

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Okay thanks so much for clearing that up for me! The idea of decidual bleeding was really confusing until now!
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You're very welcome. [Smile]

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Wow i just found the answers i was looking for here. Thanks scarleteens!
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