Ovulation Spotting as a Natural Fertility Sign

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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
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There are many contradicting opinions on water and sex but what has been absolutely proven is that having sex while dehydrated will be pleasurable at first, however will end in sheer dizziness. The best way to drink water is quickly, if its not your favorite beverage, add some cucumber or lemon. Bottoms up! And hopefully your partner has their bottom up, or legs spread as well, ready for your hydrated body.

As far as nutrients, strange herbs, and the like, ginseng should be brought up when dealing with sexual matters. In the orient especially during the 1950's, ginseng was given in pill form as a sexual stimulant. It's not entirely full of beneficial minerals, and I hate to compare it to ephedrine, but it's kind of got the same puritanical buzz, cold, clear, and placid. Another thing about Ginseng is that it promotes alertness and clarity of thought. When using ginseng it can upset your stomach just a bit. You can combat it with a shot of pepto bismol or ginger pill. I myself have taken ginseng root, a bit of wine, and absolutely noticed a difference in the cold, lovely realities of having sex then if just doing it without. For me I did not continue using it because of the stomach problems, but they are mild, and not acidic, just a bit upsetting. Overall we would advise for healthy sexual activity, the water and magnesium is probably the safest route.

One scenario we need to look at even though it involved alcohol is the morning during a hangover. Your head isn't pounding, however, your consumption the night before has made it so that you really feel your blood pressure doing strange things while you have sex and get rid of the initial booze sweat. Even though we know it will make you urinate again soon, drink two glasses of water before this type of hangover meeting. It will almost automatically get the blood pressure back to normal, and help your overall function.

Having a father who is a general practitioner, I have always known that the urine stream should be white after being awake for awhile. There are contradicting opinions, but it is known that coffee dehydrates. As far as dealing with sex, what should be known is that if you are well hydrated, then you do perhaps a shot of cappuccino or a regular coffee, if you have a naked babe in front of you, you may react rather well, the heart rate rises, therefore the dick, just like your brain, starts thinking about a nice warm place to be. Even though coffee is said to be a diuretic, once hydrated, you can use it in strong little shots to get you in the mood for sex.

Hydration for sex will not help sensitivity, or sensation. However, when you first wake up, one thing that we have learned is even if it only takes you one minute, drink two glasses of water quickly. It gets all the vital organs working correctly. In the army and in the desert, it is why GI's are forced to slam bottles of water. It's not just how much they sweat out, it's keeping the organs functioning since we are composed of about 60 percent water.

There has been a lot of debate and talk about hydration, caffeine, ginseng, and sex. It is true that magnesium is the missing building block of life and can lead to more sexual stamina. Not an instant effect, like just taking a stimulant and going off, which may not really lead to an orgasm, but a missing link in the bodies' health. The Egyptian culture has much, much less cancer then us in the Western world. Some say that it is because we are lacking in magnesium. Upon first use, magnesium can have kind of a "heat pad" affect; it can help with knots and tension like potassium.

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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