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
Spinnbarkeit
Implantation Bleeding
Mittelschmerz

Comments

I went on the pill a couple of months after my son was born. I had been on it about a 1 1/2 when we decided that we'd try for another baby!before we had our son my periods were very regular, every 28days and we got pregnant straight away. i've been off the pill now for 4 months and since then i've been getting some bleeding around the time i should be ovualting. my cycle ranges now from 27-32days!!Is this normal after coming off the pill or is there anything wrong!!!

I HAD THIS BROWN PINKISH DISCHARGE ON NEW YRS EVER SINCE I BEEN ONLINE SEARCHING. I HAD DONE LIKE 6 HPT ALL CAME BACK NEGATIVE. I FOUND THIS SITE AND IT KIND OF EXPLAINS WHAT IT WAS THAT NIGHT I MUST OF OVULATED. I THOUGHT IT WAS IMPLANTATION BLEEDING SINCE I HAD THIS HAPPEND BEFORE WITH 2 OF MY PREGNANCIES. I HONESTLY THOUHT I WAS TO EARLY FOR IT TO BE IMPLANTATION BLEEDING. CALCULATING MY BIG "O" IT WAS 1/1/11. DAYS BEFORE HUBBY AND I HAD SEX PULL OUT METHOD. IM 2 DAYS LATE THOUGH. OUR BODIES REALY PLAY TRICKS ON US.

For all of you asking if you could be pregnant, here is an easy answer. Take a pregnancy test. Really simple and it will answer your question. If you feel the test is wrong then go to your doctor tell him your concerns with the spotting and ask for a Beta blood test. In the end if you are having sex then YES you could be pregnant, the only safe way to not get pregnant is NOT to have sex.

I had sex right after my period ended, it was unprotected but i am on the pill and we used the pull out method and now, about 2 weeks later, I am noticing some spotting. I had taken plan b right before my last period should have started, and it was about 3 or 4 days late. could this spotting be due to the affects of the plan b, or is it ovulation? or maybe even implantation bleeding, I'm not sure somebody help !

I've been on birth control pills consistently for the past three months or so. I decided to go off and try for my baby after using the first week of pills. So that second week I didn't use any. When I found out I was ovulating we used that opportunity. Now the next day I was spotting. Very lightly. This has NEVER happened to me before, spotting. So is this a sign that I may be pregnant?

There is always bleeding for every 14 th or 15 th day after my periods I consulted a doctor and she told there is no problem with this for pregnanacy This time we are trying for a kid and we had sex in 15 th day after my periods and on 14 th and 16th day it started spotting will i be pregnant this time can anyone answer in detail

i hope someone can answer my question..i been trying to hv a baby for over a year i got my period oct 1th i been checking online to see when i will be ovulating and it said 21th..i also have the ovulation kit and when i test that day it also said im ovulating ..my cycle is every 34 day..now im spotting so i dont know if im pregnant can someone help me thanks..

ok, so i had my period on Sept 25th it lasted for 6-7 days, on the 8-9-10-11 of october i had a slight bleeding it was brownish, red, and some, pink as well as white and slimy, i know gross but yeah... I have no clue what this could be, because never before have I had this bleedign occur, abnormally as so. What could it be?

Okay here is my story...I hav got 32-34 day cycle...I think I wz ovulating on 17-18 th day...I had sex on 19th...on 24th day I saw some red color spotting...jus once...it wz jus plain spotting wid no cervical mucus...I'm on 26th day my vagina feels dry...I do not hav any other symptoms of pregnancy...can I get pregnant?? Wen can I do a home pregnancy test ??

So I'm totally confused. I had sex two days after I finished my period, and due to the calendar I was not fertile at the time which indicates I cannot get pregnant. I'm spotting on the day of ovulation and I want to know what percentage of being pregnant do I have? I also take birth control but I happened to take a pill one day late.

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