Your questions answered
Many women have questions about bleeding during ovulation.
Is it normal?
It is a sign of ovulation?
Does spotting during ovulation mean I’m ovulating normally?
Does ovulation spotting mean I have a problem with my cycle or hormonal issues?
Three women have recently asked me their questions regarding ovulation bleeding, so I thought it would be beneficial to my readers to relay their questions along with answers based on the research I have done on the subject.
Question #1 – Bleeding During Ovulation
I have a regular 28-day cycle, and I usually feel my ovulation because I get ovulation cramps. This month on the night of day 13 I had sex and bled a little bit. If that was ovulation bleeding, did I miss the right time to conceive or was that perfect timing? Does the bleeding during ovulation make falling pregnant more difficult?
Answer – It is unclear whether ovulation bleeding occurs before, during, or just after ovulation. It is also unclear the exact reason for spotting during ovulation. Some believe that the spotting is due to hormones, while others believe it can be the action of the egg releasing from the follicle. It’s not a reliable sign to let a woman know when she has ovulated.
Cervical fluid is a more reliable sign to indicate impending ovulation. However, even cervical mucus can appear more plentiful after intercourse due to the presence of semen.
My best advice is to follow several different methods to determine ovulation in order to have a better guess on when to time intercourse. The methods I used were basal body temperature (BBT) charting, cervical mucus observation, and ovulation predictor kit usage.
BBT charting for a few months will let you know a lot about your cycles – whether they’re regular or irregular and if you have a particular pattern to your temperatures before and after ovulation.
With BBT charting, you won’t know when you will ovulate in advance, but you will know after you have ovulated. BBT charting can also indicate when you have become pregnant with prolonged temperature after your period is due. But you will only know this after charting for a few months and getting to know your own cycle.
Question #2 – Ovulation Brown Discharge
I started my last menstrual period (LMP) a couple weeks ago. Yesterday I noticed that when I wiped there was brown discharge. What can this be? I have had brown discharge right after a period, but never 2 weeks after or before. We are trying to conceive, and I have heard about implantation bleeding. Can it happen that early?
Answer – Most likely this is ovulation spotting or bleeding. It is common to have ovulation discharge in the form of light bleeding or spotting. Although the reason for the spotting is
not completely clear, it is an indicator that you are ovulating.
This bleeding can be accompanied by cramping, bloating, or a gassy feeling. A better body symptom to gauge is your cervical fluid, which is more abundant, liquidy, and slippery a few days leading up to ovulation. Shortly after ovulation the cervical mucus becomes more dry and less slippery.
Drying up of cervical fluid, along with a rising BBT, is a clear indication that ovulation has passed. This is why I recommend also using OPK testing as well in order to have another indicator leading up to ovulation.
Ovulation predictor kits test for luteinizing hormone (LH), which rises just before ovulation. After receiving a positive test, a couple will have 12-36 hours before ovulation, which is plenty of time to get in one or two baby-making sessions.
Question #3 – Spotting During Ovulation
I am 26 years old, and I am experencing bleeding during my ovulation cycle. It lasts about 1 week. After that passes, I get my regular period on time each month. Am I still able to get pregnant even though I am bleeding during my ovulation cycle? If so, should we be having sex while I am bleeding?
Answer – It really depends on how much you are bleeding. As above, bleeding during ovulation is quite common. However, if you’re experiencing heavy bleeding you should see a physician or midwife for a consultation.
Spotting would mean you are just needing a panty liner daily. Heavier bleeding would soak a liner and would require a heavier pad. Light spotting is normal, but heavy bleeding is not.
If it is simply light spotting, I would begin to check for ovulation signs by tracking your basal body temperature each day from at least the first day of your period through ovulation (when your temperature spikes about two weeks later).
Also begin to note if you have cervical mucus about this same time that is the consistency of raw egg whites. It’s important to know if you are actually ovulating, and these tracking methods as well as OPK testing can help you to know for sure.