Ovulation Spotting

Some women who are trying to get pregnant are lucky, in some ways. They have a regular cycle of exactly 28 (or maybe 25, or maybe 30) days, and so they can easily enough predict when they’re ovulating. Other women never really know when they’re going to be fertile because their cycle is irregular, and so they have to rely on other signs. Some of the most common and most reliable methods of tracking ovulation are basal body temperature and cervical mucus charting, but in some cases a woman may experience consistent ovulation spotting that can help her know when the time is right.

First, you need to understand a little something about ovulation. Ovulation is the release of a mature egg by the ovaries. The egg travels into the fallopian tube, where it can be fertilized. Ovulation takes place sometime between day 11 and day 21 of their cycle. Most women ovulate every month, but some may occasional experience anovulation (missed ovulation) from time to time, for a variety of reasons.

Sometimes a woman will experience “mittelschmerz,” which literally means “middle pain.” This is pain in the ovarian region and occurs during ovulation. If you’re a woman who typically experiences this, you might be able to help predict ovulation.

Some women will have a little bit of bleeding around this time, as well. Ovulation spotting is usually brown or pink in color. It will often be mixed along with cervical mucus. If it’s more than just a little bit of spotting, however, it’s probably not indicative of ovulation.

Ovulation spotting is most likely caused by the hormones that work with the follicle. These hormones cause the surface of the follicle to weaken, which can create a hole. This is what allows the egg to pass. In some cases, this also causes light bleeding. Other experts believe that the bleeding can be caused by a rise in estrogen that happens during ovulation.

You may not have ovulation spotting every month. It may only happen occasionally. For some women, it’s like clockwork. If yours is consistent, charting it and comparing it to basal body temperature and cervical mucus can help you get a better handle on knowing when you ovulate.

  • Brianna Hutson

    I Just had my son, and 10 months before that i had my daughter. I got the depo shot before i left the hospital and now i am afraid that i might be pregnant again. It’s been almost 8 weeks now. And just now i am starting to get exhausted, have horrible pelvic pain, very emotional and i get sick to my stomach. Never throw up but get sick to my stomach…Has anyone ever had this happen to them? And what happened in your situation? Were you pregnant or just a false alarm? Side effect of post partum? OR should i worry?

    Ofcourse after having two so close together i am extremely paranoid and i need some sort of affirmation that i am not pregnant and there could be some other explanation…

    • If you had unprotected sex, the possibility of being pregnant is there. Did you take a pregnancy test?

      • Juliana

        Hey I Took A Ovulation Test And It Said Positive When Do I Have Sex?

        • Sorry for the delay. Once you get the positive test, you should have sex that day and the next. A positive ovulation test means you will ovulate in the next 24 to 36 hours.

      • Apparna

        Hi July 16th my period after 28 i have ful peak, but August 3rd date why u have a early period i don’t have any idea please tell me

        • You might have to go see a doctor to find out what is going on with your cycle if you have been getting negative pregnancy tests.

  • Liz

    I had what must be ovulation bleeding for the first time in my life (that ive been aware of). Happened during high fertility (according to my digital ovulation tests) which was a little over a day before I reached my peak day. Very confusing to me, but reading this article it describes it to the letter. Pink spotting followed by brownish mucus in the same episode.

  • Liz

    Of course this happens when we are ttc our 4th child so it is extra confusing. Spotting similarly now a week later. Not sure if it could be implantation bleeding or just an irritated cervix? Time will tell I suppose.

    • It’s possible that what you are seeing is implantation bleeding. You only need to wait three or so days to take a pregnancy test to find out.

  • Mary Mc Daniel

    Hi… It has been 3 yrs since I have had an ectopic pregnancy and we are now trying really hard for our second Child ; Unfortunately it has not been positive.. I am in depression as My partner is also feeling bad since we are looking forward for our second child… Please suggest what needs to be done . I am looking forward for some kind of assistance which can bring back Happiness in our life ….Iam just distressed to the core…

    • I am sorry that you are having a difficult time. How long have you actively been trying to get pregnant this time? How are you determining when you are ovulating?

  • Sharen Garcia

    I had a miscarriage Dec 27th, 2014. I was 8 wks pregnant. I finally got my period on 2/7/15 and now a spotting again, I am TTC again. Can the spotting be ovulation bleeding? I bought an ovulation kit and so far they have been all negatives. Any suggestions? Thanks.

    • 🙁 So sorry to hear of your loss. If the ovulation tests are negative, it probably isn’t ovulatory bleeding. It could be breakthrough bleeding due to a hormone imbalance though.

  • Dontgetit

    Really could do with some guidance please. I have been using clear blue advance digital for the 2nd month. I have been testing nearer my predicted ovulation time to save on the pricey sticks but have received a low fertility when i should be ovulating but i have had a light bleed also had my first amount of egg white cm just before I started testing (the whole reason I use opk is that I just don’t seem to have cm) Have We missed my surge when I saw the cm or was it while I was spotting? Any ideas please? (I’m 40 with mild pcos)

    • Unfortunately, due to your age and the pcos, there is no way for me to actually guess what is going on. You might want to try ovulation test strips that you can buy in bulk so they don’t cost an arm and a leg when you test more often. You might want to test twice a day since your hormone could be off and you never know how long of a lh surge you have. If you only test once a day and have a surge that lasts 8 hours, you could conceivably test at 10am and have the surge start at 12 and be done by 8pm. By the time you were to test again the next morning, the surge would no longer be there.

  • Linda

    I got my coil out middle of February as we are trying for baby number 2, I have done ovulation test and on Tuesday it was positive, and again today its positive, but, its a lot lighter than before. I’m trying to figure out when I will have my first period. Help?? Xxx

    • Typically, you will have your period about 14 days after you ovulate. If the coil had hormones, it may take a little while for your cycles to fully return to regular.

  • Esperanza

    Okay so this morning I had gone to the restroom and noticed a pinkish color of discharge/mucus with a light red line in it on my underwear, keep in mind I was put on the depo shot in March of 2013 I only took the shot once, which this birth control stopped my periods for a long time. They’ve come back a few times (my period) lightly but my periods haven’t been regular since before I took just that one shot then decided to stop. My husband and I had an intimate moment yesterday morning, he didn’t pull out and we didn’t use a condom, is there a chance I could be pregnant even though I didn’t have a period or the pink discharge until the next morning? I’m sure I can start trying now, I’d just like to know if this pink discharge is a sign of ovulation and we can try again tonight or perhaps this weekend? When would be the very best time for me to get pregnant in this whole period situation?

    • If you had sex yesterday and saw the pinkish discharge today, it could be ovulatory bleeding or it could just be cervical irritation from having sex. Unfortunately, if you aren’t having a period, there is a distinct possibility that you are not ovulating either. You need to ovulate in order to get pregnant. You might want to consider taking a herbal supplement like FertilAid for Women to help you get your period back regularly.

  • achu

    iam delevered baby boy in feb 25th bt some physical problems he died in after2 days birth.,,now we are think to our second baby any problem to early pregnancy?

    • I am sorry to hear of your loss. As you had a loss, you really should be talking with your doctor about your desire to try again.

  • Alison

    Hello, I was intimate with my husband 3days before my expected period last month. My period came about 3 days late and it kinda heavy with some small clots and lasted 5 days. I started to feel breast soreness and cramps right now as I’m supposed to be ovulating. Also a lot of headaches and extra moody. I tested twice for pregnant test and negative. This was the first time having sex with hubby since I gave birth 7 months ago. Could my body be out of whack because if this or might there be a chance I’m preggo?

    • It sounds like you had sex around when you were ovulating there is a chance you could be pregnant. You could probably take a pregnancy test now and find out if you are pregnant or not.

    • It sounds like you had sex around when you were ovulating there is a chance you could be pregnant. You could probably take a pregnancy test now and find out if you are pregnant or not.

  • concerned

    hi…. im 26 years and i have been trying for the past 7 months to get pregnant now.and nothing has been happening. i have been having sex near ovulation time ,but still all my pregnancy test shows is negative ,this month i was intermate with my husband everyday of the ovulation time but now i get lower right abdomen pains also have egg white discharge with spots of blood in it and now when we try to be together the pain gets even worst please help what should i do ????? is there something wrong with me ?????

    • You should probably consult with your doctor if you are having painful intercourse. It might be normal, or it could be something else going on.

    • Angela Bilbo Slack

      Me and my husband have been TTC and I was having pain during intercourse and I was also having horrible cramps during my time of month. My doctor thought it was endometriosis but after having a sono done they found a fairly large fibroid on my uterus. Now I’m not a doctor but if your having pain during intercourse I would definitely go see your doctor.

  • lovelysam

    Hi !.. It is posible to get pregnant during menstration period ? I hv sex with my husband while i hv my 2nd day of bleeding . After that happen i take medicine pills night time . Every month i take medicine trust pill . Its my first time to hv sex during my monthly period thats why i am scared …

    • It is unlikely if you have a normal 28 day cycle. Ovulation occurs at around day 14 of your cycle and that is when you can get pregnant.

      • maria

        I had a miscarriage almost 5 months ago. And we have been tcc again this month was odd I took a test an it was + for ovation.well into my fertile window I have spotted twice. Once three days before my ovation and one ovation day. Not sure what’s going one this is the first for me

    • lovelysam

      Thanks a lot madam …

  • Heather Reeves

    I had a period may 7th to may 10th or 11th. Me and my husband had sex last night. I woke up about two hours later to go to the bathroom and I had a bloody slime. Does this mean I’m pregnant or becoming pregnant?

    • I wouldn’t think so. It is probably cervical irritation mixed with sperm. If you have normal 28 day cycles, then you wouldn’t be ovulating until next week so no pregnancy would be happening.

      • Eli Stayz Faithful

        Me and my gf had sex on the 6th of Jan her last period was dec 13 and her next cycle is due Jan 9th I went to deep in to her vigina and once I pull out I had light pink mucus on my condom is it normal? Please someone help me

  • Rath c.

    My husband and I are trying for our second. On Saturday I had cramps on my left side. That usually signals ovulation or close to it. I’ve been using the clear blue digital ovulation kit but I’ve been testing and it’s coming out negative this month. On Monday I was suppose to ovulate but it still came out negative although I spotted that day. I continued to test and it is still negative. I am so confused

  • Nykolzway89

    Hi I am almost 11 weeks postpartum. I was waiting for my first period after giving birth TTC. I have been sexually active since 4 weeks pp. U believe I ovulated somewhere between 7 to 12 days ago due to egg white cervical mucus but not entirely sure. Yesterday when I was wiping myself with toilet paper I noticed clear discharge with a thin streak of blood in it. I checked again about ten minutes later and the mucus was very light pink. It remained the same for couple more hours and then stopped completely. I don’t know what to think since I haven’t had a period since giving birth. Could I be pregnant again or could I have just been wrong and just ovulating? However I do not have the egg white cervical mucus now or even yesterday?

  • Khimmy Geuan

    Hi, i am realize that every month when the day of 14 after my menstruation i will have brownish spot until day 3 will become maroon, is not heavy like period but i will have this so call “ovulation bleeding” until the next cycle of my menstruation. Just want to know is this consider ovulation bleeding? I dont feel any pain and not heavy like period, just a small spot. Its come on every month of day 14 which is my ovulation time. Its very dangerous or normal? I am so worried. I went to ultrasound and check, the doctor said everything is fine. But i just don’t understand why its happen to me. Can anyone help me here???

    • Erin Wilson Collins

      I want an answer to this too! The same thing has been happening to me for almost 2 years. I’ve had every test I think they could possibly think of to look for a culprit but no luck. I need help too.

  • Barbara Villarreal

    How much is considered just spotting?

  • MommyOfThree

    I am recently married. I started my period on my expected ovulation date earlier this month. It was light bleeding for about 4/5 days. My ovulation calendar started over and gave me an expected ovulation date of the 20th. On the 20th I had spotting when I wiped of brownish colored discharge. Today is the 22nd. I feel very bloated and a little campy. I have 3 living children and 4 pregnancies in my past. How long do I wait to take a pregnancy test? We aren’t preventing and plan to try in the future but, wasn’t planning pregnancy this soon.

  • Rachel Eileen Watson

    Hey I have been having for the last three years always the week before my period I have like a very light pink spotting and it usually lasts a week and then I start my normal period is this ovulation bleeding I’m experiencing? My husband and I just got married 3 months ago and we aren’t using bc because we want to have a baby I just want to know if I can have baby I have I get my period every other month.

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  • Mack

    Hey, my girlfriend started ovulation on Sunday and started to experience cramps and some spotting the next morning and throughout Monday and now it’s Tuesday and has mild cramps and spotting. She has highly irregular periods. Should I be worried about pregnancy or is this just the effects of ovulation

  • Jazmine

    Hi I’m trying to get pregnant for the first Time I started my period on the 5th of August and and I have I just started cramping and spotting light pinkish should I be worried ?

  • Me

    I’ve been spotting but dark red blood

Last modified: February 10, 2013