What is Implantation?

Yes! Finally your wife is pregnant. Your dream of becoming a parent will eventually come true. Many things keep running through your mind, all the plans you will be making and how wonderfully changed your life would become. But have you ever thought about the process it took and also when the baby was actually made?

Implantation, what’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear it? Grapes for me sadly, and it can be that actually, but for our case, implantation in humans, is scientifically defined as the time during early pregnancy wherein the embryo, an already developing female egg cell with sperm in it, attaches itself to the walls of the uterus where, in the near future, will eventually develop into a baby. It is also there in the uterus, after attaching to it, where the embryo will get its nutrients and oxygen that is needed to for it to grow. The embryo is also called a blastocyst in this stage of fetal development.

So what are the typical signs of implantation for mothers-to-be and how do we differentiate it from PMS, simple cramping, monthly period and other similarly occurring bodily functions? Sadly there are no set rules for this and it differs from person to person if it did actually happen to make itself felt. Some women even go through their entire pregnancy not knowing they are pregnant. Anyway, scholarly manuals give several details pertaining to signs of implantation. Examples of which is the light spotting experienced by women at around 8-10 days after ovulation and the dip in a woman’s temperature also during the same period, although it is also said that these signs are not to be treated as sure fire ways to detect  possible pregnancy, so we will leave it at that.

Implantation calculator are all over the internet and will try to help you determine the best time for successful implantation based on the date of your ovulation. These calculators ask you to input the date when you last ovulated and when your last menstrual cycle started, the typical duration of your monthly cycle is also asked. Some other calculator also asks your Luteal Phase length or the time of the latter phase of your menstrual cycle. After inputting the needed details, the calculator then presents you with a table, sometimes a graph, showing dates and the amount of percentage that you have during certain days wherein there is a great chance for implantation. Are you still with me?

Science has grown leaps and bounds every passing year, advances in the treatments of once feared diseases is discovered in a daily basis and test used to perform unlimited variety of tasks gets developed at an astounding pace. Although I am very thankful for such gifts, sometimes it can be very intimidating. The information out there is just too staggering to fully comprehend and sometimes you just get lost in translation. I remember the good old days, when a prayer is the only solution if you have a hard time getting pregnant, and that you leave it to all to faith if your tryst last night would finally become fruitful, those really where the days of old.

Days like these really makes me think that ignorance, sometimes, truly is bliss.