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What is Ovulation Spotting?

by Katlyn Joy
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For someone pursuing pregnancy, understanding the fertility process is vital. Knowing when ovulation occurs is key in timing intercourse and hopefully achieving fertilization. There are different ways to determine when ovulation occurs from testing and high tech methods, to listening to your body and watching for regular signs. Ovulation spotting is one of those signs that might help you determine the optimum time for baby making.

What is Ovulation?

Ovulation is the process of the ovary releasing an egg which is mature, which then travels down the fallopian tube and awaits fertilization. While women are born with millions of immature eggs, typically only one egg is released each month ripe and ready for fertilization.

Ovulation usually takes place in the middle of the menstrual cycle, which varies from woman to woman. Most of the time, women experience ovulation between day 11 and 21. While signs of ovulation may remain consistent for a woman, the exact day in her period may vary each month. She may even ovulate without having a period at all.

Signs & Symptoms of Ovulation

Some women experience something called mittelschmerz, which is German for middle pain. This pain or ache is located near the ovaries and will occur mid-cycle around the time of ovulation.

Another way to determine ovulation is charting your basal temperature, which will rise during ovulation. Also, checking your cervical mucus can also help pinpoint ovulation timing. Around ovulation, the cervical mucus will become slippery, and egg white in consistency and more wet.

Causes of Ovulation Spotting

It's believed ovulation spotting occurs due to hormones causing the ovarian follicle surface to weaken. With the weakening, a hole or stigma forms in the surface, which permits the passage of the egg. Blood may appear due to rupture of the stigma. Another cause may be the rise in estrogen accompanying ovulation.

Appearance of Ovulation Spotting

When ovulation spotting occurs, it will appear brownish or pinkish rather than red in most cases. It may be mixed with the egg-white type cervical mucus. Heavier bleeding or spotting is not likely to be associated with ovulation, however. Also, many women do not experience ovulation spotting at all even though they may have normal ovulation and cycles.

Timing Sexual Intercourse

It's a good idea to try sexual intercourse when ovulation spotting occurs and for a few days afterward for best chances of conception. Charting temperatures or using a home ovulation predictor test will help as well.

Other Reasons for Mid-cycle Bleeding

When a woman is on birth control she can experience breakthrough bleeding. Uterine fibroids can also cause bleeding between periods. Hormonal imbalances can lead to bleeding as well.

What Ovulation Spotting Is NOT

Don't confuse ovulation spotting with implantation bleeding. Implantation bleeding is when the fertilized egg implants in the uterus, sometimes causing some spotting. This will occur after ovulation near the time of an expected period but is typically much lighter than a period.

Have you experienced ovulation spotting? Please share your symptoms and thoughts with others by commenting below.


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snookie Sep 19, 2014 03:47:28 PM ET

This is my first post, i keep track of my periods as well as my fertility window. i've never noticed a light spotting at all during ovulation. i actually recently had sex five days ago, and as far as i know he did not ejaculate into me. i happened to use the bathroom and noticed just a small droplet of light pink blood. this article makes me feel better, however i'm still concerned.

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Lucy Sep 19, 2014 07:20:48 AM ET

Hi. i can't figure out whether i have implantation spotting or a period coming. me and my husband are trying to conceive. i had a period on the 26 aug, and started trying for a baby during ovulation. it's 2 weeks later, and i have sore breasts, cramping, and now today slight spotting. i can't figure out if it's all in my head, or if i could be pregnant. i'm not sure when to do a test either? i'm totally confused.

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Aisha Sep 16, 2014 05:44:19 AM ET

I mm trying to get pregnant and have a baby girl. we started having sex 3 days before my ovulation, and it's going great. after the second day, i saw light pinkish spotting mixed with clear fluids, and i didn't understand what it was. today, i experiencing a little bit of pain and discomfort in my lower back. when we did it again, i wiped down there and again i am spotting very light color, not brownish at all. fresh pink blood, very light though. after reading this page i think it's ovulation and hormones. i will keep trying for my baby girl.

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Guest Aug 27, 2014 05:12:04 PM ET

Okay i started on the 9th of aug was done by the 15th, and for the past 4-5 days i've felt the pain associated with ovulation like i do every single month. but, today i started bleeding. could this be ovulation bleeding (which has never happened before) or implantation bleeding? my bf and i are trying to conceive, but he has vericocele. so i have no idea what's going on. i'm just looking for opinions and advice. it's not heavy, and just noticed when wiping. it's brown to pinkish in color. someone help!

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guest Aug 26, 2014 03:58:15 PM ET

It took 42 days for my last period to arrive. my period lasted for 5 days. since then it's been the 16th, 17th & 18th day after when i started to bleed. day 16: light pink blood. day 17: mild red and pink blood. day 18: light pink blood. i've only noticed this when i go to the bathroom and wipe. i've never had this experience before. i would love any input or information.

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Vanessa Aug 18, 2014 10:32:08 PM ET

Hello ladies, please help! i had my period july 31/2014 for about 5 days. according to an ovulation app my fertility week was from august 11-17. my husband and i had sex on aug 11-12, and on the 15th i started bleeding, no pain but it was like a normal period. today is my 3rd day bleeding, but it's light. is this normal? ?

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christy Aug 16, 2014 06:59:55 AM ET

I am also having a slight blood spotting now. i guess it is ovulation, but my husband can't enter me very well. too tight. this is 4 months since our wedding and we have been suffering for because i married him a virgin. what will i do?

Michelle Aug 17, 2014 01:49:00 AM ET

When you have intercourse, put your legs straight up in the air for the next few times. i promise it helps so much, you guys just need to get in a good position to loosen it a little. hope this helps!

Guest Sep 18, 2014 09:59:00 PM ET

Also make sure you relax! i married as a virgin and we are 3 weeks in. i just exhale deeply and it helps a lot!

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jennifer Aug 13, 2014 08:12:05 AM ET

Hi ladies. i have 3 children and i never had implantation bleeding, but i had my last period july 25. it lasted 5 days and was rather light. usually it's heavy during ovulation week. i did the deed the 1st and last of ovulation. i am now at 19 days and i am spotting pink. i am so nervous. i will buy a test today. i was not trying to conceive. was this implantation bleeding? how long can it last for and can it be red? i just asking for advice if anyone has had this and was pregnant. i also have light cramping. it's just weird i just had my period and it's usually 28 day cycles.

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nats Aug 12, 2014 07:14:22 AM ET

I had my period 17 days ago, if i calculate to the day my period started. today i have come on again, but as i said it has only been 17 days. i have a 33 day cycle and it's been that way for the past 5 months. i'm not on any form of contraceptive and had unprotected sex with hubby 1 week ago. has this happened to anyone else? what could be the cause?

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Catherine Jul 26, 2014 11:01:17 PM ET

I've never had light bleeding during ovulation. this last period was july 4-9 and light. what could cause me to have that light bleeding during ovulation? and, yes i've had sex every other day with my hubby after monthly.

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