Is This Spotting Implantation?

QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
I am on the pill and had my period as normal from November 26th until December 2nd. On the 5th of December I had sex. Then on the 8th of December I started to notice brown spotting. I only needed to wear a panty liner as it wasn't heavy. I stopped this spotting on 9th. I am due my next period on December 24th. Could the brown spotting be an implantation bleed? Can you get pregnant that soon after having a period? I thought it had to be when I ovulate?

ANSWER

The implantation bleed is normally several days after conception, and I don't think you could have ovulated and got to implantation in the amount of time you mention. Unusual bleeding should be reported to your provider.

-- Cynthia, CNM

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Cynthia Flynn

Cynthia Flynn, CNM. PhD, is the General Director of the Family Health and Birth Center which provides prenatal, birth, postnatal, gynecological and primary health care to underserved women and their families in Washington, D.C. Recently Cynthia served as Associate Professor of Nursing at Seattle University. There she not only taught, but remained in full scope clinical midwifery practice at Valley Medical Center where she cared for pregnant and birthing women, and practices well-woman gynecology, family planning, and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.

Cynthia founded Columbia Women's Clinic and Birth Center, where she took care of pregnant women and infants up to two weeks of age and attended both birth center and hospital births. Before Cynthia earned her CNM, she worked as a registered nurse in labor and delivery and postpartum and is a certified Doula and Doula trainer.