You may never have heard of ovulation bleeding but, believe it or not, it’s a thing. Ovulation is the period where one of your ovaries bursts to release an egg.
It is not unusual that some women experience ovulation bleeding or spotting when they begin ovulating. So you should know that this is pretty normal at some point in your cycle.
Do you want to know more about ovulation bleeding? Read on to satisfy your curiosity and understand the difference between ovulation bleeding and implantation bleeding.
Light. Vaginal. Bleeding. Let’s keep it short and simple so you can identify it spot on!
Ovulation bleeding, commonly called ovulation spotting, is simply light vaginal bleeding that happens during ovulation.
Ovulation is the dramatic scene where one of your ovaries drops an egg like a Humpty dumpty.
Although ovulation bleeding is pretty standard in women, it is not very common.
Let’s take a look at this 2012 study:
Women may bleed for various reasons between their periods but not always during ovulation. However, more study is needed on people who may have irregularities or other health complications.
Perhaps you’re wondering what this mysterious puddle in your panties is supposed to look like, right?
So that’s how you can tell you’re spotting. Now, spotting or bleeding is usually light and comes from your vagina.
You can bring out the inner Sherlock instincts you have to check if the bleeding is normal. And how do you do that? By looking at the colors. The color of the blood can point out the cause of the spotting.
Typically, the color of your blood changes as the speed of the flow increases.
Some women say their ovulation bleeding is light pink or even red. This happens because the blood mixes with the cervical mucus. The color change occurs when you produce more fluid during ovulation.
Did you know that ovulation can happen at different times during a woman’s cycle?
Yes, you read that right!
This is because the first half of your cycle is not fixed. Whereas the second half of your cycle is fixed. This is the phase after your ovulation.
You typically ovulate 12-14 days before your next period. So, if you have a 30-day cycle, you will ovulate 14 days before your next period, which is on day 16 of your cycle.
Whereas if you have a 36-day cycle, you will ovulate on day 22 of your cycle. That is why tracking your ovulation is essential and it can boost your chances of getting pregnant.
But that’s another conversation which you can find here.
So if you want to get pregnant, remember that light ovulation spotting might be the lucky sign you need, to know it’s time to make those babies!
Also, keep in mind that an egg is only fertile for 12–24 hours during ovulation. But, because sperm can survive inside you for three to five days, your fertile window is approximately six days monthly.
Learn More: When are you most fertile?
If you have sex about four days before ovulation, you have a higher chance of getting pregnant. But, if you have sex a day after you ovulate, you have a lower chance of getting pregnant.
Why in the world wide web are you bleeding during your ovulation? The very question that brought you here. It’s about time we got to it.
Ovulation bleeding may be caused by rapid changes in your hormone levels as you ovulate.
For instance, a study discovered that the levels of estrogen, progesterone, and luteinizing hormone (LH) around ovulation were higher in women who bled during their ovulation.
The significant difference between ovulation bleeding and implantation spotting is that the former, ovulation bleeding, happens when your ovary releases an egg.
The latter, implantation spotting, occurs when a fertilized egg holds on tight to the lining of your womb.
Like we said earlier, ovulation spotting can happen about 12-14 days before your next cycle and is usually outside your bleeding period. It is also lighter than a regular period and lasts for a day or two.
Implantation spotting is one of the first signs of pregnancy that one-third of pregnant women experience. Implantation bleeding happens a few days before your next period begins.
It is not uncommon that you may mistake implantation bleeding for your actual period since it happens around the same time as your period. Hence, we have come with the significant differences between the two:
Implantation bleeding should not stress you as it is not dangerous to your growing baby.
Let’s take a quick recap. We know that ovulation bleeding is harmless and normal. We also know that there are other types of vaginal bleeding that you may see in your cycle.
Now, what we want to talk about are the other causes of bleeding around your ovulation day.
In some cases, cancers of the uterus, ovary, or cervix can cause bleeding.
And what’s the takeaway? People who have irregular cycles may find it difficult to tell apart abnormal bleeding from their menstrual period. Your best bet? Reach your doctor if you suspect things aren’t going well.
It is not so clear to tell ovulation bleeding from other causes of spotting. Hence, you should call your doctor if you note irregularities between your periods.
And not just for ovulation bleeding. If you bleed after sex or after menopause, or even longer than usual during your period, don’t hesitate to reach out to a healthcare professional.
As the wise saying goes, “prevention is better than cure.” So don’t wait for an emergency situation. Start tracking your ovulation to know when something goes wrong so that you can notice when things go sideways and help your doctor find out what is wrong with you.