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


I started having watery slippery blood on the 7th of April,ever since then whe I clean with tissue I notice some spotting.uptil today I'm still spotting, I do experience ovulation spotting ocassionary but this one is longer.my last period was on the 23th March 2014.I have gone for a scan and nothing was found

Watery blood later Dark thick/block blood 2 days after ovulation what does it mean

Okay me and my bf want a baby we've been together for5 yrs and have had unprotected sex the whole time we had sex the night of ovulation he ejaculated inside of me like always then four days later we had sex early in the morning and i started bleeding during intercourse im not supposed to have my period for another 10 days also i feel fine no symptoms of getting my period and my last period was the same i had no symptoms at all i just started and it was a bit of a surprise because i always have cramps and very sore breast but nothing at all .so what does all this mean ? Someone please help .

Around 2 weeks ago I finished my last period, but have been having intercross straight after. my fertile days are 1-6 February. Me and my fiancé had intercorse 1st and 2nd and today I'm getting light pink brown spotting when I wipe, what does this mean? Does anybody no?

(20 & have pcos)

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my fertility days are jan 6-10 . I had sex at 6 and 7. On 8th blood spotting takesplqce. Wat is the reason?

Other demographers have developed several methods for measuring the extent of such fertility control, in which the idea of a natural level of fertility is an essential component. Thanks.

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.

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