I know you can't give me a definite yes or no but I hoped you could give me a maybe. I have been having brown/pink spotting which is very unusual for me. This started about 7 days after intercourse and a couple of days after I was probably ovulating and about 12 days before my period is due. Since I can't take a test for another 10 days, I am anxious. With this timing, is it possible I am experiencing implantation bleeding? If not, what else could be causing this? I am usually very regular and normal.

Hello T from the U.S.,

First, implantation bleeding usually occurs about 7-10 days after ovulation so it is unlikely that you are having implantation bleeding.  Brown spotting can be caused for many reasons, one of which is breakthrough bleeding from the endometrium due to vigorous intercourse or from rubbing agains the cervix.  In general, it is not something to worry about.

Good Luck,

Dr. Edward J. Ramirez, M.D., FACOG
Executive Medical Director
The Fertility and Gynecology Center
Monterey Bay IVF Program

Monterey, California, U.S.A.

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