Ovulation Bleeding and Spotting
Mid-Cycle Bleeding and Spotting
During Ovulation

Ovulation bleeding and/or spotting can be one of the normal signs of ovulating. When you are trying to get pregnant, you can use this symptom to help you determine your most fertile days.


This sign is not the most reliable determination that you are about to ovulate. Some women have ovulation bleeding and some don't. And you may not bleed or spot every cycle. It is just another way to confirm your other signs and symptoms.

The most reliable of these signs is cervical mucus method combined with the basal body temperature (BBT) method.

Bleeding during ovulation is very light. Not at all like a normal menstrual period. It is more like spotting. It is usually only noticed when you wipe or can even lightly stain your underwear.

Spotting during ovulation accompanies the cervical mucus and is noticed by a pinkish or brownish streak within the vaginal fluids.

The cause of ovulation spotting or bleeding is not clear and the given reasons are mostly just speculation. But most likely the spotting is caused by the increase of hormones just before you ovulate.

As estrogens and other hormone levels rise, your reproductive organs (uterus, cervix, etc.) become proliferative (engorged with blood supply). Some of this blood can break through causing bleeding during ovulation.

Spotting and bleeding mid-cycle should NOT last more than a day or two and should be very light.

If you have heavy bleeding in between cycles, this may indicate a problem. You may not be ovulating and your hormone levels may be out of balance.

Heavier bleeding may also be a sign of more severe fertility problems such as endometriosis, uterine polyps and fibroids.

If ovulation bleeding is more than just spotting, is bright red, and/or accompanied by severe pain then you should be checked out by your doctor.

Related pages

When Does Ovulation Occur? | What Is Ovulation? | Fertile Cervical Mucus vs Hostile Cervical Mucus | Is Pain In Uterus a Conception Symptom? | Best Time to Get Pregnant | Endometrium | Fertility Monitor | Luteinizing Hormone (LH) | Ovulation Predictor Kit | Ways to Get Pregnant |

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