Know If You Are Suffering From Implantation Cramp Or Menstrual Cramp

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Anindita Bhuyan
Anindita Bhuyan, a graduate of BBA in International Business and a native of Assam. I crave to experience an odyssey and share that via words, that is where I have an eternal love for writing.

Are you suffering from pain near your pelvic? 

Going to have your menses tomorrow or it’s far from now?

If you have a week or so for your menses to start, do not worry. You just need to have the below information.

What are implantation cramps?

To be honest, the phrase implantation cramp is a misnomer. You can ask any gyno if this is not true. Implantation is the process, where the embryo sticks to the wall of the uterus. This is an early stage of pregnancy. This process takes place at such a minute level that you can seldom feel if there is anything happening to your uterus, if an embryo is sticking to the wall or not, hard to feel. 

Therefore when you say implantation cramp, it is not the pain you experience for adhering of the embryo to the walls, it is most probably because of the hormonal changes that take place when you are at the stage of implantation or any other such reasons (they are not well identified by anyone till now). 

How to be clear if it is an implantation cramp or a monthly period cramp?

Look, to be precise you will get your period cramp 1-2 days before your menstrual date. To predict this, you have to be sure about your menstrual cycle, if it is a 28 days cycle or 30 days. 

On the other hand, if you experience cramps 10-15 days before you actually get your periods, then that may be said an implantation cramp. This is the time you should see a gynecologist make sure if you are on the path of pregnancy.

As per some mothers, you can identify implantation cramps when you have the following sensations:

  • Pricking 
  • Pulling
  • Tingling

Where do you feel such cramps?

You are most likely to feel implantation cramps all over your pelvis. You can feel excess pain in the middle of your pelvis. Generally, you will not have cramps on a single side of your pelvis, but if you feel moderate to severe pain to the side, then you should consult with your provider. Having pain to the sides may indicate an early pregnancy loss or an ectopic pregnancy.

What does implantation feel like?

Be happy because implantation feels like nothing!!!

They perform their activities at a cellular level for which you do not get notified anything about the process. Then you may wonder, why do you feel pain? And that is quite a point to think over. 

So clarifying your doubts, you feel cramps because of the deviation of your hormones and this change of hormone is enough to cause such cramps. 

When does implantation take place?

There is a possibility that implantation may take place within 6-12 days after ovulation (DPO), but the most usual time is between 8-10 DPO. Even if you are going to get pregnant, any sign or symptoms before the process of implantation will not have significance regarding your chances of being pregnant.

So it is very important to keep a record of your period cycle and identify if it is an implantation cramp. If you see symptoms after implantation then congratulations, you are on your way to becoming the strongest mother ever. 

How long does this cramp last for?

The duration of this cramp varies from woman to woman. You may fall under the category of women experiencing minor twinges or under the category of those going through intermittent pain that comes and goes over one to three days.

period cramps

How to ease cramps during implantation?

During implantation, if you feel uncomfortable then you can do the following things to feel better:

  • Take a warm bath or shower- this will ease your pelvic cramps.
  • Use a heating pad- you can put hot water bags over your pelvic to reduce such pains
  • Take an OTC pain reliever- make sure you go through the side effects or the best option will be to confirm from the doctor whether this is safe or not.


The symptoms of implantation and period cramps are very much similar and hence they are widely mistaken with each other. It is recommended that you stay aware of the other signs of early pregnancy.

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