Bleeding During Ovulation: Am I Pregnant Or Is It Something To Worry About?
Spotting and Ovulation: A General Overview
Ovulation is when an egg is released from the ovaries. If the egg is not fertilized during ovulation, it is then released and became what we call menstruation. How about bleeding during ovulation, is it something a woman should worry about? Not all females will experience this spotting during ovulation and there is evidence that point towards the fact that only a small percentage of women (around 3 percent) have ovulation spotting in the middle of their cycles.
One of the best ways to identify spotting during ovulation is to of course, visually confirm that one does have spotting during the menstrual cycle’s midpoint. This bleeding will typically be light compared to what individuals may have when they are experiencing their period. The blood color during ovulation spotting can also point towards the bleedings underlying cause. This is due to the changing color is dependent on the speed of the flow of the blood.
Several individuals may have spotting during ovulation described as having a color that is red or pink. Pink spotting may be an indication that blood is getting mixed in with the fluid from the cervix. Women will undergo increased production of fluids coming from the cervix during the period of ovulation.
This kind of spotting caused by ovulation will common last for one (1) to two (2) days.
Ovulation Spotting: When does this occur?
The process of ovulation will mostly happen between day number 11 to the 21st day after day 1 of the previous menstrual period although, some women may have it later or earlier compared to others based on how long one’s cycle is. It is also possible for ovulation to occur on varying days every month.
Ovulation monitoring and tracking can result in the improvement of the probability of getting pregnant. Some individuals can also have ovulation tracked to ensure that pregnancy is prevented. For those who are trying to conceive, spotting that is light while ovulating may be an indication that people may get pregnant during the timeframe within the cycle. It must be noted, that the egg cell will only be available to be fertilized within 12 hours to one (1) day during the period of ovulation. But since the sperm can survive within the female body for up to five (5) days, the window of opportunity for the egg to be fertilized is only about five days every month. However, having intercourse a day after ovulation is completed will probably have a lower chance for pregnancy unless the individual’s cycle is very short.
Ovulation Spotting: Why Does It Happen?
Spotting during ovulation may be due to changes in the hormones that rapid that may happen while the individual is ovulating. One study showed women who experienced bleeding during ovulation were observed to have increased levels of LH or luteinizing hormone and luteal progesterone. Having lower or higher levels of the said hormones is not an indication that one is less or more likely to get pregnant.
Possible Symptoms And Signs of Ovulation
Some of the possible symptoms and signs of ovulation are:
- Intensified sense of vision, taste, and smell
- Tenderness of the breast
- Higher luteinizing hormone levels (LH) i
- Dull ache or pain on the abdomen’s one side,
- An increased sex drive t
- Change in the body’s basal temperature
- Cervix’ firmness or position
- Egg white-like cervical mucus
- Increased cervical fluid
Implantation Spotting vs. Ovulation Spotting: What’s The Difference?
Implantation spotting happens when a fertilized egg attaches to the inner lining of the uterus. Spotting caused by implantation is one of the earliest signs of pregnancy and about a third of women who are pregnant encounter this condition.
Ovulation spotting, on the other hand, occurs during the menstrual cycle midpoint. Due to the common occurrence of implantation spotting near the midpoint of the menstrual cycle, people may incorrectly assume that this implantation spotting is already their menstrual period. However, there are several differences to help tell them apart.
- Spotting only lasts for a couple of days and a minimum of half a day.
- Bleeding has a lighter shade compared to regular menstruation.
- Bleeding caused by implantation may have a color that is dark brown or pink. Menstrual bleeding will usually have a color that is dark red or bright red.
- Implantation bleeding may also be accompanied by other possible symptoms such as fatigue, low backache, tenderness of the breast, light cramps, mood swings, nausea, and headaches.
Implantation bleeding will not cause any harm to unborn babies and should not be something to be worried about.
Pregnancy Test: When To Consider Taking One?
For people who suspect that they may be conceiving, it is best to wait for day 1 of the period that is missed before going for a pregnancy test. Those with ovulation bleeding may have to wait until around the 15th day or the 16th day after the occurrence of the bleeding.
Testing too early can also lead to a false-negative test result. However, for results that will come back as a confirmed positive, immediately seek an appointment with your healthcare professional or OB/GYN to have results confirmed.