Late Implantation – How It Affects Pregnancy

Getting pregnant is not easy. While pregnancy may seem as one of the most natural things in the world, there is so much that needs to happen for it to be a success. First, the egg needs to fertilise, then it needs to attach itself onto the walls of the uterus, a process called implantation. And if the timing of implantation is not correct, a woman may not get pregnant. The timing of the implantation plays a major role in deciding whether or not the pregnancy will be a success. Sometimes, women may experience late implantation, which may raise a number of concerns in the couple. Read on to understand how implantation occurs and what late implantation is.

When Does Implantation Usually Occur?

Implantation usually takes place between six to ten days after the egg is fertilised. During pregnancy, there is a time frame during which a cluster of cells that are dividing rapidly move down through the fallopian tube. This burrows itself into the uterus lining.

The embryo will release hormones to prepare your body for carrying and having your baby. Your period will stop, and you will most likely start to feel tired and experience cramping.

At the time of implantation, the blood vessels in the wall of the uterus will be disrupted. Some women will experience bleeding when this happens. The bleeding caused by implantation will always take place before your regular time of menstruation.

If implantation occurs later than ten days, it is considered to be late implantation. Late implantation bleeding is similar to the bleeding that occurs when implantation has taken place during the normal implantation time frame. This makes it difficult to tell whether or not the implantation has taken place on time or if it is late. The bleeding that takes place during implantation will be a light spotting or a very light flow.

What Causes Late Implantation?

Here are some possible causes of late implantation:

  • Current smoking habits are said to be one of the main reasons that there is late implantation in the uterus. Research has shown that the odds were five times that of women who have never smoked or those who have smoked in the past.
  • A chromosomal anomaly may be a factor that leads to late implantation.

Can Late Implantation Result In a Miscarriage?

While research is still being done on how exactly late implantation might cause miscarriage, it has been noted that the risk is a lot higher the later implantation occurs. For example, as per a report, it was found that if implantation occurred on a ninth day, the chances of miscarriage were about 13%. If implantation occurred on the tenth day, it rose to 26%. Day eleven showed that the chances of miscarriage were about 52%. Implantation that took place after day eleven showed 82% higher chance of having a miscarriage!

While late implantation may have a very strong connection with having a miscarriage, it is not the only factor that causes it. Sometimes abnormalities in the chromosomes may also lead to miscarriage.

The inability of the uterus to prepare the lining for implantation may result in miscarriage. There have been times when the miscarriage occurs so early in the pregnancy that the mother had no idea she was even pregnant!

When to Consult a Doctor

If you have irregular periods and are not being able to conceive or have suffered a miscarriage, you must visit a doctor. Even those who have been experiencing implantation bleeding that seems heavier than normal with clotting also need to see a doctor immediately as it could be a sign of an early miscarriage.

Your doctor will not be able to tell you when your embryo will implant itself to your uterus walls, nor will she be able to say why it is happening. More research in this field needs to be done to provide exact answers to these questions. Trying to find out if a miscarriage has occurred due to late implantation is also not possible at this time. However, if you are suffering from another issue that could be causing difficulty in conceiving or resulting in miscarriage, your doctor will be able to help you identify and treat it.

Remember nobody can estimate when the embryo will attach itself onto the uterine wall. More research needs to be done to prevent late implantation and to increase the chances of successful pregnancies. Though it may not be the real reason why women suffer miscarriages, the fact that it is more likely to occur in the case of late implantation is something scientists are still trying to find answers to.

For now, the only thing women can do to prevent problems with late implantation is to live a healthy lifestyle. Eat well, exercise and quit smoking if you are in the habit of doing so.

Also Read: Implantation Cramping – How Long It Last, Symptoms And Remedies

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