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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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Ovulation Bleeding, 3.6 out of 5 based on 8 ratings

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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  • stella

    I had this ovulation bleeding around one week already.. what happen?

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  • Phyllis

    Hi this is my ovulation time. I started slight bleeding on 10th June which I took as ovulation bleeding as it was just on tissue. However on 11th I bleed more having to use a pad especially in the evening, but still less than my usual period. Today is 12th I am still bleeding. I don’t have the same bleeding as when I have my period but am worried as this is my first time to ever have mid cycle bleeding. Pls advice.

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  • kelly

    just got over the 5 days of feritly now on my ovulation day and im having some bleeding what is the reason for this

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  • emily

    I had a positive pregnancy test about three weeks ago and today according to my calendar i am suppose to be ovulating. I had some small brownish spotting for the first time today. Is tjis normal?

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  • Amanda

    I have been taking conceive easy for a month and this month I started ovulating early and I started cramping and spotting on the first day I started ovulating. Does it mean that my egg was released early too? Towards the end of ovulation the spotting and cramping stopped.

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  • Donna

    I had my tubes tied 3 months ago, and i still have ovuulational bleeding. did they tie them correctly?

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  • Monica

    I’m 35 and I have been spotting for 7 days during my fertile period this month. Is it normal? I have no other symptoms. I spotted for three days The previous month.

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  • Sara

    My husband and I have been trying to conceive baby # 2 since December. We have tested every month and they have been negative. I noticed today after we had sex there was some bleeding. And my period had ended yesterday. I was wondering what the bleeding meant?

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  • Misty

    I am 10 days away from starting my period and I am having left ovary pain and slight left sided back pain. I started spotting this morning which is brown/ pink/ light light red could this be an easels period?

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  • Abbi

    I had my period June 20th and it lasted it’s usual 5 days. I then had two days of spotting starting July 3rd. Not heavy, but not light and there was no clotting and I had some cramping. According to the Calender I wasn’t due for my cycle again until late July. I just recently had my tubes reattatched,but my periods have been like clock work. Could I be pregnant or is it just hormones working themselves out? My boobs feel super full, perky, and heavy too. That usually happens a week before my period comes, but this time it’s not going away

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  • Poohpooh26

    My period came on 8/2/2015 – 8/8/2015 I think my ovulation day was on the 15 – 19 of 8/2015 I had sex on the 15 -17 of 8/2015 but I started bleeding on the 17 then it stop on 19 light could this still mean I could be pregnant

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  • kris678

    I had unprotected sex on Aug 21st two days before Aug 23rd which was my ovulation day and on the 26th of Aug I had light Brown spotting for couple of hours but then it stopped so I wondering if I could be pregnant???

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  • perpy

    I had sex a day after my period and I took postinor2 a day after then on my ovulation day I bleeded which never happens to me then 2wks after which I should see my period I didn’t see it uptil now being the 6th day after my supposed period. I did a an early morning urine pregnancy check and I noticed a very faint line on the test line.. pls could I be pregnant? Pls reply me thank u

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  • tammy

    Get over it it’s never going to happen sorry

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  • Jen Simon

    is it normal to bleed after sex

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  • Jen Simon

    is it normal to have bleeding after sex during ovulation ajd have stomach pain to follow

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  • Faye

    Hi I’m new to this I last had my period on the 15/9 then on the 6/10 I started haveing very light brown pinky bleed which lasted 7 days my doctor said it was an ovulation bleed so from that my period should of been due around the 15/10 but never came I am now 13 days late done pregnancy test an have all come back negative from what I have read an ovulation bleed o lay lasts 3 days max so not sure what is going on it was not my period that I am pretty sure about does anyone have any ideas please as it is driving me crazy

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  • Katherine

    I have a question…so me and my boyfriend had sex about a week and half ago and two days before i ovulated..and five days later i started spotting which would come and go for two days but it was light and normally I don’t spot. And i haven’t got my period this month? Could this mean i could be pregnant?

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  • BooRadley

    tammy, that’s medically not true. plenty of women with only one have conceived.

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  • Laura

    Hello, I started spotting on the 15day of my cycle and the 16th. It was light pink on the 15th and a little more red on the 16th day of the cycle. My projected fertile days are 14th – 19th day of cycle (I’ve had a 30 days cycle for the past 4 months. Could this be ovulation bleeding?

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  • Gabrielle

    Hello I was on depo for 5 years. This February was my last shot. I got my first period Oct this year was pretty normal. And same time November to the day got another normal period. I’m on cycle day 15 & I’m spotting bright red blood sometimes I have a quarter size in my pantie liner then there no blood when I wipe. It’s now 3 days I’ve spotted we are ttc and we still have sex with the spotting. My question is how long should ovulation spotting last? Is light cramping normal? My calendar says I’m.ovulating now. So I’m hoping were n our window and we get pregnant this time. This Is the first time in my life I’ve had ovulation or mid cycle bleeding. Thanks for reading.

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  • Ani

    I just found a little bit of blood in my underwear And it’s my mid-cycle. I have never had sex before and am confused on what’s going on.

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  • Kimberly Dillion

    Okay so I have a question. I started my period the 26th of December and it ended the 31st. I started spotting on the 5th or 6th. Brownish and kind of watery, not heavy like a period but enough to where I can feel it coming out. Ugh. I’m a little crampy in my right side of lady organs. My husband and I did have sex between the 2nd and 3rd. My tubes are clamped. Help. I don’t like it.

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  • Joiya

    For me, It’s a sign that I’ve experienced extreme stress, and my hormones are out of whack. My last period was 11 days long which is NOT normal!!! And now I’ve seemed to skip my next period…

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  • Jennie

    I had light bleeding during ovulation this month for a day or so. I am now 5wks 3 days and no sign of my period. I took a positive pregnancy test at 5 wks (it was from an old lot of pregnancy tests I had left over from my first pregnancy- maybe bad? That was from 2 years ago or so) I have taken 3 more pregnancy tests in the morning, for 3 consecutive days and all say negative (from a new batch I just ordered) I have no signs of pregnancy (but I didn’t in the beginning with my first either), except a slight discomfort in my abdomen. I have never had bleeding during ovulation, and I have never gone this long past my period. My periods are VERY consistent (give or take a day or so) Could I be pregnant? Would it be wise to wait it out or see a doctor?

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  • Chris

    Hi there, I was wondering if anyone could help. I took clomid for the first time, my fertility dates were from 8 -13 February according to my ovulation tracker app:) I started light bleeding on the 13th for three days now, I have read it may be ovulation bleeding as my period is only due for the 25th February and usually spot on. We have been trying to conceive for 5 months so I’m just feeling abit upset. I have no idea if it’s bad or my period is early. Can anyone help?

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  • MrsBell

    Well that was really BITCHY of you!

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  • Brandi

    Hi, I had what I believe to have been ovulation spotting, and am still getting high fertility results on my ovulation tests. The spotting stopped two days ago and I’m on day 6 of high fertility. Should I be concerned that it hasn’t peaked yet? Thanks!

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  • Absque

    I am married and I have a healthy 28 day cycle. I had an intercourse on 21st day and spotting on the 6th day followed by it. The spotting was there for 2-3 days. Am I pregnant? I have had some weight loss recently, but I am not sure of the spotting. And incase if I am pregnant, when should I start checking with home pregnancy tests. Thanks for your help!

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  • Lauren

    I am 12 days late on my period I am supposed to ovulate in 2 days and I am now starting to spot am I pregnant or is it just my late period coming along. I have been trying to get pregnant for almost 11 months what can I be doing wrong

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  • tissa

    T5

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  • Courtney Coope

    I had my period from 26th June -1st July and I had sex a couple of days after my period and then on the 7th and 8th of July I had some brownish /pinkish spotting which lasted 2 days then the very next night I had sex could I be pregnant

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  • ersourabhrawat

    Hi
    Me and my partner is planning a baby since two months.
    I m unsure about my ovulation.
    On 10th day we had sex.
    On 14 day i had a brown spotting. This never ever happened in my life before.
    On 14 day only we had a sex.

    Can u please help me knowing is this a early sign of pregnancy or something else.

    Fingers crossed…. :)

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