Ovulation Spotting as a Natural Fertility Sign


Ovulation Spotting is defined as a very light bleeding that may accompany ovulation - though it is rather uncommon fertility indicator and can be easily missed (even if it occurs). Unless you are fertility charting and observing daily changes in cervical mucus, you may not even be aware of this secondary fertility sign.

The source of "ovulation spotting" is traced to the rupture of the ovarian follicle when the egg is released. When you ovulate, luteinizing hormone causes the surface of the ovarian follicle to weaken and disintegrate. This leads to the formation of a hole, or stigma, through which the egg will ultimately "escape" into one of the fallopian tubes. At this "midcycle moment", a residual trace of blood may accompany ovulation when the stigma ruptures.

The trace amount of blood that may appear due to the rupture of the follicle will not be red (like menstrual blood), but will rather exhibit a brownish or pinkish color. For example, you may see just a faint streak of pinkish blood intermingled with cervical fluids during your daily CM check.

During this "fertile phase" of your cycle, cervical mucus will likely be transparent and stretchy, like egg white. If you do happen to discover a small amount of blood at this time, note this light bleeding on your fertility chart as a possible indicator of ovulation. If this is indeed O-spotting, you should see your bbt temperature rising shortly thereafter. This bleeding should not last long, and if it persists for more than a few days, contact your doctor.

Ovulation spotting should not be confused with implantation bleeding (which will typically take place about a week after you ovulate). Implantation bleeding (also typically characterized by a light brown or pink spotting) is caused by the fertilized egg burrowing into the endometrium. While ovulation spotting may be viewed as a natural fertility indicator, implantation bleeding is considered an early pregnancy sign.

It should be emphasized that ovulation spotting is not one of the more common or reliable indicators of fertility. Like mittelschmerz (or midcycle pains), you should be aware of the possibility that these fertility signs may appear, even though many women will never experience these physiological symptoms.

To pursue a visual metaphor, there are a number of other ways to "spot ovulation" - or at least predict when ovulation will take place. Along with using a basal thermometer, you can observe daily changes in the texture and color of cervical mucus, as well as follow the rise and fall of the position of the cervix iteself. Into your daily fertility charting rituals, you can also selectively integrate effective testing methods like an ovulation microscope, urine ovulation tests, or a digital fertility monitor to anticipate when you will be at peak fertility.

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Secondary Signs of Ovulation
Cervical Mucus
Implantation Bleeding


Hi, I had an IUD removed during the 1st week of Dec. about 2 days later started bleeding as if it were a normal Cycle. then I stopped & restarted bleeding again. not sure if this is normal, cuz it's been off & on for the past couple of weeks. what should I do?

I am taking seasonique about to finish my second month and for the past week I have had bad cramps and a light pink discharge is that normal? How long will it last? And can I stop it?

I've been experiencing brown coloured discharge during my ovulation week. It's happened for the past couple of months and usually lasts 3-4 days.

Should I be worried?

Hi all

I am suppose to be in my forth day of fertile window, and find myself to be having a mucus discharge with some blood when I go to the toilet not sure if I am getting my period again or is this connected to ovulation which is in 2 day. I never had a bloody discharge before.

I'm still confused about the difference between Ovulation spotting and implantation spotting. what if you were about to start your period and instead of getting any period symptoms such as cramping and bloating you get light pink spotting on the tissue and it comes the next time you use the bathroom and stops and now your waiting on your period and you feel no symptoms of pregnancy but mild cramping and a little dizziness but mainly your going off of the light pink blood that was on the tissue so can anyone tell me if that's ovulation or implantation spotting

Ok, me and my husband are ttc so we had sex on the day i ovulated and then two days later i had light pink blood on my tissue. Can anyone tell me whats going on

I need help me and my partner are trying for a baby. Im not due on for 9 days but ive started 2 get alight bloody mucus (pinky colour). Its to early for a test but could i be pergnant. Could someone please help.

Find this very frustrating does anyone actually answer a question or just pile one after another unanswered ???

I'm someone who suffers from PCOS. I was diagnosed with this early this year. My doctor put me on the pill the regulate my period since I haven't had one in awhile. My boyfriend an I have discussed having a child so I stopped taking the pill after my pack was done. Mind you I was only one the pill for 4 to 5 months. My last period started on the 15th of may an guessing I would have ovulated between 26th thru 31st. My bf and I bedded on the 23rd thru the 26th. The 26th and 27th I had light pinkish blood when I would go to the bathroom and wipe. Today is the 29th an I have pressure in my lower stomach an had a migraine all day. What could this be. It's to early to do a pregnancy test. But could this be a possibility of pregnancy. We did have rough sex so I'm wondering if the spotting could be that he hurt me. Can someone help me with some answers.

Hi guys I am new to this site and hope someone can help me out. I have been trying to conceive for a while now. I had sex at the start of my fertility window and the next day I had a lot of clear thick mucousy discharge with a little blood mixed in this never happened to me before. The next two days I had very light pink spotting when I wiped and light cramping and now everything stopped. Do you think I could have gotten pregnant? Any comments would help me out.

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