7 most important implantation symptoms

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The 7 most important implantation symptoms, such as implantation bleeding, which you can use to determine whether implantation has taken place.

Implantation is a process in which the fertilized egg implants in the uterine wound after ovulation. It therefore marks the actual start of a pregnancy, as it is only through implantation that the new life connects with the mother’s body on a physical level. Many women who want to have children naturally try to find out as early as possible whether implantation has taken place so that they know whether they are pregnant. In this article, we show you the 7 most important implantation symptoms after ovulation and tell you what you can do to make sure your baby stays.

When does implantation take place?

Numerous scientists have been studying the exact time of implantation for many years. It is important to know that after successful implantation, human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) is produced in the uterus in a preliminary stage of the placenta. This is the same hormone that is measured during a pregnancy test to determine pregnancy.

Implantation takes place 6 to 12 days after ovulation

The latest studies show that hCG can be found at the earliest 6 and at the latest 12 days after ovulation. This means that implantation takes place between 6 and 12 days after ovulation.

84% of women have implantation 8 to 10 days after ovulation

The study with the hcG method shows that 84% of implantation takes place between 8 and 10 days after ovulation. The most common time was around 9 days after ovulation.

Positive pregnancy test 12 days after ovulation at the earliest

After implantation, the hcG level rises sharply within 1 to 2 days. Only then is the hcG level high enough to trigger a positive test result in a pregnancy test. A high-sensitivity pregnancy test is therefore only useful 6 to 12 days after ovulation at the earliest.

How you can reliably determine ovulation

In order to reliably detect implantation, it is important that you can pinpoint ovulation as precisely as possible. Firstly, it is useful to know whether ovulation has taken place at all and secondly, to narrow down the exact time. The best method currently available to pinpoint ovulation is the symptothermal method (NFP), which I would now like to briefly introduce to you.

Tracking ovulation to within a few days

Wenn is Ovulation

With the symptothermal method, also known colloquially as NFP, you can pinpoint ovulation to within 4 days in 91% of cases. To do this, you need to measure your basal body temperature during your cycle and observe your cervical mucus. This will give you a basal body temperature curve with the course of the mucus. Using special NFP rules, you can determine ovulation with 91% accuracy down to four days.

Increased pregnancy rate with the NFP method

Using the symptothermal method is not only worthwhile to limit ovulation, but you also have an increased chance of getting pregnant. In studies, 81% of women who used the NFP method to get pregnant became pregnant within just six months. In comparison, without a special method, only 60% become pregnant within six months. Would you also like to benefit from the advantages of the NFP method? Then I recommend my Fertility Starter Set. It contains everything you need to get off to the best possible start with the symptothermal method.

The 7 most important implantation symptoms

Let’s take a look at the 7 most important implantation symptoms that you can use to determine implantation and pregnancy.

#1 Implantation bleeding

Implantation bleeding is an intermenstrual bleeding that occurs around 6 to 8 days after ovulation. Implantation bleeding is usually weaker than menstruation and occurs much earlier than normal menstruation. In contrast to typical PMS symptoms, there is no implantation pain during implantation. Implantation bleeding would actually be a great way to determine the implantation of the egg, but it is very rare. In the Parents’ Forum, only 25% of women state in surveys that they have experienced implantation bleeding before becoming pregnant. This means that 75% of women did not experience implantation bleeding.

#2 No implantation pain

There are no studies to date that show a connection between pain and implantation. In fact, pain before menstruation is more commonly known as PMS symptoms. However, pulling in the abdomen and nausea are typical signs of pregnancy that can be observed more frequently with successful implantation.

#3 Cervical mucus after implantation

Cervical mucus changes significantly during the cycle before and after ovulation. Until ovulation, the water content in the cervical mucus increases significantly, so that many women can observe spinnable and transparent cervical mucus at ovulation. After ovulation, the water content in the cervical mucus decreases again so that it usually becomes lumpy and milky or at least is no longer stretchy. Cervical mucus in early pregnancy is usually more abundant and whitish in consistency, as it is intended to protect the uterus from germs and pathogens such as bacteria. However, this whitish discharge can be observed at the earliest 2 to 3 weeks after ovulation. The so-called white discharge usually only occurs 3 months after ovulation. This means that although cervical mucus is interesting, it is fairly unsuitable as a symptom of implantation.

#4 Increased basal body temperature

Women who use the symptothermal method measure their basal body temperature daily during their cycle using a suitable basal thermometer. This results in a basal body temperature curve, which can be used to determine whether you are pregnant or not. It is important to know that the basal body temperature tends to be low in the egg maturation phase before ovulation. Shortly after ovulation, the basal body temperature rises and remains elevated for at least the first three months of pregnancy.

Basal curve pregnant – not pregnant

implantation symptom - temperature if pregnant or not pregnant

implantation symptom – temperature if pregnant or not pregnant © fertility-tv.com

If you are not pregnant, your basal body temperature usually drops again shortly before or after your period and a new cycle begins. With the basal body temperature curve, you can be 99% sure of a pregnancy and therefore also of successful implantation. For this reason, basal body temperature is one of the most important implantation symptoms.

#5 Breast symptom

The breast symptom usually occurs during pregnancy. This can also be a typical sign of the onset of your period. However, the breast tenderness subsides with the onset of your period. In the case of pregnancy, it persists even after the period has stopped. Well, and if you are pregnant, then successful implantation has also taken place. Breast tenderness after a missed period is therefore also one of the most important indirect implantation symptoms.

#6 Missing your period

Of course, if implantation has really taken place and you are actually pregnant, your period will usually not come. This means that a missed period is also an indirect sign of implantation. However, I successfully got pregnant despite having a normal period, so if you want to know how this is possible, I recommend reading my article “Pregnant despite your period”.

#7 Positive pregnancy test

The clearest symptom of implantation is definitely a *positive pregnancy test. After all, the hcG level in the urine is only significantly elevated if implantation of the egg has actually taken place. I recommend that you carry out a series of tests with a highly sensitive pregnancy test from the 12th day of your cycle, similar to what I did in my article: “My pregnancy test experience”.

How can you support implantation?

We all know that it is important to help the body in the first 12 weeks after implantation so that the baby stays. Unfortunately, some women tend to behave counterproductively. That’s why I’m going to give you my best tips to support implantation perfectly:

#1 Avoid anti-inflammatory drugs

A study by the BMJ found that women who took anti-inflammatory drugs at the time of conception had an 80% higher risk of miscarriage.

#2 Avoid excessive sporting activity

Competitive sports and getting pregnant usually go wrong. A study of women undergoing artificial insemination found that too much exercise is detrimental to successful conception. Women who exercised four or more hours a week were twice as likely to have a miscarriage than women who exercised less. We therefore recommend health sports such as fertility yoga. Fertility yoga coach Julia Glesti told us how this works best in a YouTube interview.

#3 Replenish your folic acid and vitamin D levels in advance

Many women think that they only need folic acid once they are pregnant and therefore often do not consume enough folic acid and vitamin D3. As we have already explained in detail in our article “Pregnant after miscarriage”.


Implantation can actually only be determined directly with a pregnancy test, as this measures the hcG hormone level in the urine, and the hcG concentration only increases noticeably if implantation is successful. Otherwise, there are natural indirect implantation symptoms that indicate successful nidation. Here, implantation bleeding and basal body temperature as well as the absence of menstruation are still the most prominent signs that can indicate pregnancy or implantation of the fertilized egg in the uterus. There is a widespread rumor that there are implantation pains that occur more frequently during nidation. This has not been scientifically proven and in our experience it is rather the opposite. In our opinion, the less pain you have at the actual time of implantation, the more likely you are to get pregnant. A pulling sensation in the pelvic area, on the other hand, can already be a sign of pregnancy.


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