on Nov 11, 2012
by Dr. Christine Lee, MD
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
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.
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.
It usually occurs right before ovulation or during the ovulation days. Sometimes, the ovulation spotting may be mixed with cervical mucus.
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 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).