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Ovulation Bleeding

on Nov 11, 2012

by Dr. Christine Lee, MD

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Ovulation Bleeding

Ovulation spotting (or mid-cycle bleeding) is usually a natural occurrence, occurring on the day of ovulation. Its presence is actually an indicator of enhanced fertility, so take heart in that.

Many women experience bleeding during the ovulation days. If you are one of them, you are probably wondering why it happens and if there is something wrong with you. Well, you should be happy to know that ovulation bleeding is not harmful or dangerous, as long as there is only light spotting (small amounts of blood). Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

What is ovulation bleeding?

Ovulation bleeding (also known as mid-cycle bleeding) is a very rare occurrence for some women, while others never experience it. It is frequently mistaken for implantation bleeding, which occurs when an embryo finds its place in the uterus (in the endometrius). This bleeding is a clear sign of pregnancy.

Why does it occur?

Ovulation spotting is actually considered to be a sign of fertility by many experts. The luteinizing hormone is very active, so it leads to a rupture in the ovarian follicle and the egg eventually escapes, finding its way to the uterus, through the Fallopian tubes. A small amount of blood flows, because of the rupture, and this is the brownish or pinkish blood you find on your underwear or toilet tissue. So, if the amount of blood is very small, you have absolutely no reason to worry. Even more, you should be pleased of your great fertility, especially if you and your partner are trying to become parents.

When does it occur?

It usually occurs right before ovulation or during the ovulation days. Sometimes, the ovulation spotting may be mixed with cervical mucus.

What about intercourse during spotting?

Ovulation spotting has nothing to do with intercourse. It usually lasts for one or two days, never longer than three days. This mid-cycle bleeding is an indicator of ovulation, so it is the very right moment to have sex. Try having sex in the days after the bleeding too, in order to increase your chances of conceiving.

Any reasons to worry?

Any mid-cycle bleeding is an alarm for most women, but in this case, ovulation bleeding is not at all anything to worry about. Anyway, if you feel that something is not right with the bleeding, you should see your doctor or health care provider, because there may be some other reasons that cause it. If you have other symptoms, like intense side pain, you should definitely consult a specialist.

To sum up, ovulation spotting is usually a natural occurrence, which reveals fertility. If you experience it without any other symptoms, just relax and take it as a sign of fertility.

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Dr. Christine Lee earned her Ph.D. in Developmental Biology and Master of Science in Biomolecular Organization. Dr. Lee is Lab Director for ConceiveEasy and is board certified as a High Complexity Laboratory Director (HCLD).

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  • Samantha

    I have just lost a tude due to a tube pregnancy almost 5 months ago. I have been trying to have a baby from there on and still having no luck what so ever. What are the things i need to do to help me get pregnant with just one tube? And how can i get around another tube pregnancy? If I only have one baby Ill be happy!…..Help me PLEASE!

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  • vash stampede

    but my girlfriend’s ovulation lasts for 1week and until now she is bleeding.. is it normal???

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  • viva1amor

    I am not supposed to start my period for 2wks and today I had some lite bleeding/spotting what could this. I have also had some cramps and lower back pain.

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  • Dr. Christine Lee, MD

    Given that missed periods, spotting, cramps and back pains are considered to be the early signs of pregnancy, there is a good possibility that you are pregnant. I do recommend you to take prenatal supplements to provide yourself sufficient nutrition during your pregnancy. Prenatal vitamins are important, since these supplements can cover all the essential nutrients that mothers might not have in their regular diets.

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  • littleredhairedgrl

    I am on day 15 and just finished up a 3-7 cycle of clomid and had an hcg shot yesterday on day 14. This afternoon I saw a little brownish spotting. Is that a sign of ovulation or could that be something to do with the injection. Please help!

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  • Dr. Christine Lee, MD

    Giving that spotting is considered to be an early sign of pregnancy, there is a very good chance that you are pregnant. I do suggest that start taking a home pregnancy test 14 days after the first day that you have missed your period for a consistent result. However; you can take a blood pregnancy test if you want to determine if you’re pregnant or not as soon as 6 days.

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  • sandra ching

    Hi. I am diagnosed with PCOS and I am trying to have a baby.
    I am 29 years old.
    I am on metformin (for a month now) and I also had clomid on my 2nd day menses.
    I should be on my ovulation period now. However, I am experiencing bleeding during intercourse and after.
    My bleeding isnt as heavy as the normal menses but it is enough to wet a panty liner in a day’s time. It has lasted for 4 days.
    Is this normal? Help me please, what should I do?

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  • PC

    Hi. I am diagnosed with PCOS and I am trying to have a baby.
    I am 29 years old.
    I am on metformin (for a month now) and I also had clomid on my 2nd day menses.
    I should be on my ovulation period now. However, I am experiencing bleeding during intercourse and after.
    My bleeding isnt as heavy as the normal menses but it is enough to wet a panty liner in a day’s time. It has lasted for 4 days.
    Is this normal? Help me please, what should I do?

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  • PC

    Hi… I am PC. It has been more than a week that I am bleeding..it is still not heavy..it has occurred since the 13th day from my last day of menses (ovulation period). Why so? I’m so worried. I told my doc but he advised me to wait and see, in case I am pregnant cause I’m currently under medication (metformin)

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  • dimple

    We have been trying to conceive for almost year and half. Last month had over 5 polyps removed now being tested. I am 30 yes old. My period are always regular. Usually start from 17or 18 of the month. So about 30 to 31 days cycle length. I noticed bleeding in my underwear but only lasted less than one minute. After that there were no blood. So is it a sign that I am fertile? Good to have sex after everyday?

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  • Dee

    I started spotting during ovulation about half a year ago. It usually lasts about 2 or 3 days. A month ago I spotted right before my period for about 2 or 3 days. This month I started spotting during ovulation but I’m on the 8th where I still see some spotting from time to time when I wipe.

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  • Rose

    I kept spotting but was never a sign of pregnancy,it was just my irregular periods.I have a heavy flow most of the time.I am just prepared all the time. Always carry along sanitary pads and a period panty. Adira period panty is quite good, it prevents staining, its cotton
    and comfy. And hygiene too.

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  • lynn

    i just recently had my cycle on the 7th through the 12th of august. My projected ovulation day was the 18th of August. I had unprotected sex on the 17th a day before my projected ovulation date. today on the 19th I am experiencing a light spotting/bleeding. what could this be? I’ve been trying to concieve. can you give me any tips as to how to increase my chances?

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  • Jazzie

    I ovulated on the21st and today I started spotting,, I had sex the 17th,18th,&20th, so I was wondering why I started spotting the day after I ovulated

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  • Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD

    Implantation bleeding is an early sign of pregnancy and it is light pink to light brown in color. However, it usually occurs 6-10 after fertilization. If you happen to miss your next cycle, you may take pregnancy test 2 weeks after for an accurate result. If you have not yet conceived, you can increase your chances by having sex every other day to ensure that your fertile windows are covered.

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  • s_cuttee

    I have been having these strange pains and bleeding once a month. My lower abdomen and back usually the right lower side of my back(exact location each time) begins to hurt about 4 to 6 days after my period has gone off. The pain is somewhat severe, but usually only lasts from 45 minutes to an hour. Light bleeding comes with the pain, or immediately following the pain. It happens every month, I can almost pin point the exact day it will happen. Could this be ovulation pain?

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  • Erin

    I had my period August 16th thru the 20th. My husband and I are trying to conceive. We had sex today the 29th – which is within my ovulation time frame, and noticed some blood (more brownish). I have never had any mid cycle spotting or bleeding. What could this be? Should I be concerned?

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  • scared

    I’m 47 and i haven’t seen a doctor since 1995. for the first time I’m having ovulation bleeding. and I’m terrified of doctors. how do I get pass this fear and be seen?

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  • Stevie

    Hi there got period 1 September started ovulation 11september it’s now 16 September have light spotting trying for baby is it normal? And if so what does it mean

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  • jules

    God will send you your baby.

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  • Tasha

    I’ve been having light bleeding for the past 11 days in the middle of my cycles. Could this be ovulation bleeding? It has been dark brown + bright red. The past two days I’ve been having tender breasts though.

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  • MomOfSeven

    Nobody can really answer this for you, but I suggest you relax and don’t stress it. One tip I can suggest though is that if you want a girl, have sex 3 days before your peak ovulation day and if you want a boy, have sex ON your peak day. After sex put pillows under your back or even lay on your back and “climb” up he wall with your legs….anything to let gravity help the little spermies find their way. Make sure you are in good health before getting pregnant to prevent from having a sick baby or a hard pregnancy. If you don’t get pregnant, consider the possibility that it’s not what is meant for you. Don’t spend your whole life dwelling, spend this time now to have fun, to explore, to perfect a skill or hobby. Consider this baby-free time your opportunity to get something else done, because once the baby comes, you won’t have time for anything else.

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  • JustCurious

    Curious, can the spotting be very light? For example, you go to the bathroom, wipe *blood* put on a pad and the next day there is still nothing more?? And if that is in fact due to the egg being released, what would be the chances of becoming pregnant if intercourse occurred the night before? Could the light spotting simply be due to the intercourse? Also, the color being bright red with mucus, not brown. One last thing, can a woman ovulate earlier than expected. For example, she thought she would ovulate on Friday but the spotting happened on Monday???

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  • Dr. Renee Hanton, MD

    There is a possibility that you had an ovulation bleeding but there is also a good chance that you may experienced an implantation bleeding which is one of the early signs of pregnancy. If you miss your period this month, take a pregnancy test after two weeks to be certain.

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  • Maureen Stephens, RN

    Ovulation bleeding is rare and some women never experience it. It occurs before or during the ovulation days and can last for only a day or two and yes, sometimes it comes with mucus. On very rare cases, yes the spotting could happen after the ovulation.

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  • jojo128

    Hello I took a day after pill and I’m on my ovulation day but I’m spotting what does that mean?

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  • jojo128

    Does that mean you are pregnant though I took the pill though

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  • Dr. Christine Lee, MD

    If it is your ovulation day and you are spotting, then there is a possibility that you are experiencing an ovulation bleeding. The luteinizing hormone is very active, and it sometimes leads to a rupture in the ovarian follicle which is causing the light spotting. However, if you happen to miss your period, take a pregnancy test after two weeks to know if you are pregnant.

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  • Winniedayz

    Hi, im irregular, last month was my period and this month, it came but only for two days. I’ve been spotting since 10/20/13, and just this past week, from 10/28 a 11/03/13, i’ve been spotting but with mucus.. I dont know if its ovulation bleeding or something else?

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  • HopingForABaby

    My husband and I are trying to conceive. I stopped taking the pill (Ortho-Tri-Cyclen) on September 29th and have had a lot more spotting than usual since I stopped taking it. I have been trying to determine my fertile days using a fertility calendar. My last period was this month, November 2nd-7th. According to the calendar, I should be fertile November 13th-17th. My husband and I had sex on the 13th and when we were finished I noticed some bleeding… not much though and only when I wiped. However, we had sex again tonight (the 15th) and once again I was bleeding afterwards, except this time it was pretty heavy. I definitely wouldn’t call it just spotting. It almost seemed like my period had started and there was a lot of blood on the bed sheet as well. I’m just wondering your thoughts about this situation because now I am really disappointed thinking there is something wrong with me and there is no way we will conceive this month. Thanks for any help you can give me.

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  • From Spain.

    Dear all,
    My husband and I are trying to conceive (we are both 30). I have just experimented a brown spotting on my 13th ciclyng day but, in the other hand, I am using the clearblue fertility monitor and that didn’t show any peak day. Did I really ovulate? I thought the CBFM could help but maybe it’s better to learn about me body. Tahnk you verymuch for your help and attention.

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  • jia

    hi,i hav periods regularly in 32 days cycle,,i had my last periods before 13 days n now im bleeding agn…wat could b the reason??

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  • Joanna

    Hello,
    My husband and I recently decided that we want to try for a baby. I stopped taking my birth control right before my last period. It has been two weeks and I am currently in my ovulating days and started bleeding. It is not as heavy as my regular periods but it is not spotting either. I am feeling the same discomforts that I feel when I get my period, (cramping and discomfort). Should I be worried? Does did effect my chances of getting pregnant?

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  • nini

    Last period was Dec. 24. Til the 30th if Dec. Soon after that i started have sex with my hubby. Today is the 6th of jan. I was sitting on the floor and when i got up. I felt like if water come out of me so. When i checked. I wiped it was just a lil but of red blood mixed with clear discharge. Wondering if it could be. Ovulation spotting. If anyone can help please and thank you. Nini

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  • Guddie

    Hello doc.. I m 37 and mom of two kids.. After birth of my sec child ( 4 yrs back ) .. I have been experiencing mid cycle pain and brownish discharge for 2-3 days.. I get lower abdominal pain so worse that I can’t even walk.. That’s for 2 to 3 hrs.. Rest irritating part is brownish discharge.. I don’t like it at all.. Specially during sex between these days this brownish discharge irritates my husband.. He feels that he might get infection because of this.. What is cure for this problem..

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  • Rachel

    I have been having small to mild bleeding. Today is the 5th day, and I don’t know what to think or do about it. It’s not my period..that ended the 2nd. I’m 16 and haven’t had sex. Should I be worrying? :(

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  • Maddie

    I had sex yesterday. He pulled out but I was reading about precum. Today I’m spotting and I believe I am ovulating. Is it possible I’m pregnant? And if was unprotected. But only lasted for 2 minutes.

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  • lhkh

    I am spotting mid cycle. ..but ovulation test are coming back negative. I have not had intercourse for 2 days. What could this be?

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  • toripines

    I’ve been ttc for a year now. I received my last depo shot in November of 2012. This month I had spotting during my ovulation. Is it possible that I wasnt ovulation until this month because of the depo shot?

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  • Concerned

    My partner and I had sex (last night) the time I was supposed to be ovulating. As I had done an ovulation test. I noticed straight after sex that I was bleeding.
    The blood was quite red and stope about 1/2 hr later. Was it a case of being too rough or is it quite normal? My lamp was 12 of jan for x3 days. Thank you

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  • Concerned

    Sorry my lamp was 12 of jean. auto text :(

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  • Tammy

    My husband and I have been trying to conceive for three years. Recently about 8 months ago I started to bleed shortly after my period. It is a reddish think discharge, that sometimes is clump like. Other times it is just a light brown discharge. My concern is more the thickish red discharge. Is this normal or could this be a sign of something more serious?

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  • natasha

    For the last 4 months I have been getting light pink/red blood when I go to the bathroom this happens 4 days before my period every months. I really want to know what this is can anyone help

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  • Kellie Newsome

    My OPK gave me a smiley face to show peak fertility on Friday. My husband and I had sex on Fri and Sat. Then yesterday (Monday evening) I felt warm wetness down below, and it was a tiny bit of brown blood in my underwear. I got a little excited thinking it was implantation bleeding, but I read that happens later than 3 days after conception. Today, Tuesday, I have had a little more brown spotting, but not much, and I just wiped and saw a light pink. My fear is one of two things: 1) It implanted in my tubes, or 2) It was a bad egg. I also started a wheat free diet last week, which could also be messing with my body. Do you have any advice as to what the early spotting could be?

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  • lis85

    I am 28 years old and had implanon removed in oct 2013 in preparation to fall pregnant. I’ve always had regular periods but for the past 4 months i have been experiencing changes in my cycle 27days 32 days 27days 26days and every month i have had a bleed in day 12 day 13 day 12 and now day 11. First month was very heavy and dark less the next month only light spotting last month and this month a moderate amount. Usually only lasts a day maybe 2. I have cramping and feel crappy. Had recent ultrasound and all clear. Whats going on?

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  • Kacye

    I had an early miscarriage almost 3 months ago. Since then I have had two periods. About a week after my period I’d over I start spotting, then the spotting continues all month long. Could I not be ovulating? My cycles are on average 31 days.

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  • MKP

    I have PCOS and I had my periods on 5th of feb. But i had my LHsurge on 25th Feb and later from 27th Feb i started spotting and it still continues. Ive been TTC for 3 months now. Is spotting a problem or is it quite normal?

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  • Rain

    Have sppotting in ovulation day, I need pregnats what should I do?

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