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…

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

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

  • 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.

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

    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…

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

    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.

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

    :( 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.

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