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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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Lizz Oct 17, 2014 05:31:33 PM ET

My last period was on 9/26. my husband and i had sex on 10/6, 10/8, 10/12 through the 13th, as well as today, 10/17. a few hours after, i went to the bathroom and wiped and saw pinkish spotting! could that be implantation bleeding?

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ttc:) Oct 17, 2014 06:52:31 AM ET

I had my period a day late this month. i was bleeding light and off and on. i had intercourse on my period, and when i went to the bathroom the blood was pink and i stopped bleeding. also i've been off my period for two days, and today i started spotting. i took a test after i missed my period, but it was negative, and i started my period the next day. please give me some advice. has this happened to anyone that was actually pregnant?

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Kelly Oct 12, 2014 09:40:57 AM ET

Me and my husband are ttc. my period started on sept 30th. we had intercourse on oct 9th and 11th. on october 12th i am having brownish pink spotting. is it ovulation spotting or implantation?

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Leozenie Oct 9, 2014 09:19:56 PM ET

I had my period on sept. 28, now oct. 9 i am having light pink spotting today. my husband, and i had sex oct 8. i am confused. i don't think i've ovulated yet this cycle. i've never had mid-cycle bleeding before.

Ash Oct 11, 2014 10:47:01 PM ET

Wow, my lmp started on the 28th as well, and i'm having spotting too!

Gladys Oct 13, 2014 01:18:05 AM ET

Oh my, i have a same issue also. i had my lmp sept.27-oct.1, 2014. after 2 days, which is oct.3, 2014 and oct. 9, 2014, me and my husband had sex. on october 10, 2014 in the morning i had brownish spotting, cramps, and was feeling very bloated. yesterday, oct. 11, 2014, i was feeling cramps, was bloated, and had brownish spotting again. i had no spotting the whole day, but that night i went to party, and did dance for couple minutes with my husband. i was feeling cramps, so i went to restroom, and saw pinkish spotting. today, oct. 12,2014, i have some pinkish spotting again, so i decided to just do bed rest today. along with spotting, i'm feeling fatigue and have a small appetite. my menstrual period cycle is normal every 26 days. my fertile days are oct.5-10. is this implantation bleeding or what?

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Whitney Oct 7, 2014 02:05:48 PM ET

I had intercourse on sept 9, 2014. my ovulation date was sept 11, 2014. i had a cycle (or what i believe it to be but not sure cause it wasn't normal) on sept 26-30th. before that, i had an abnormal cycle. i took a pregnancy test, but it was negative. i had intercourse on october 6, 2014 and october 7, 2014. i have experienced spotting. my ovulation date is october 11, 2014. does anyone know what could possibly be going on?

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Munchkin Oct 3, 2014 01:57:00 AM ET

I have the signs of light spotting in every fertile days and ovulation. i'm confused between the two. however, this is spotting and light bleeding with mucus sometimes, and it's sticky. is that ovulation bleeding?

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Embarrassed Sep 30, 2014 07:51:23 PM ET

I'm actually really nervous right now. i started spotting the day after ovulation. i had unprotected sex 2 weeks after my period. now i'm spotting 10 days later. i am still in high school, so i'm really nervous.

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emmi Sep 26, 2014 05:00:17 AM ET

My period was on the 6th of sept, and i got a spot on the 24th, 25th, 26th, and 27th. is this my regular period, or a sign of some thing else?

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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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