Ovulation bleeding or ovulation spotting is common with many women. While nothing like this ever happens to most women, some still get some spotting every month. For those who get it every month, it can be a very reliable way to determine ovulation so they can use this sign to either avoid getting pregnant or to conceive instead.
Why Does Ovulation Bleeding Happen
It is believed that ovulation spotting and bleeding is caused by hormones that try to weaken the surface of the follicle. A small hole will be created for the egg to be able to pass. This may cause some pain and ovulation cramps for some women and also bleeding. While this is one possible explanation, there are also experts that believe the bleeding to have been caused by higher estrogen levels. Sometimes going on a birth control pill stops the spotting, but it may come back after you have stopped taking pills. Bleeding may also disappear in time, or in some cases, women who have never had it in the bast, may experience some spotting at one point.
What Does Ovulation Bleeding Look Like
Unlike with menstrual bleeding, only some spotting or a little bit of blood can occur while ovulating. This blood is either dark brownish red color or pink and there is very little of it. It may be mixed with cervical mucus and may be accompanied by mild pain in the stomach or some cramping that resembles menstrual cramping.
Not all bleeding can be regarded as ovulation spotting. If you notice heavy bleeding that lasts for days and looks like you are menstruating, consult a doctor immediately. Also, when bleeding is accompanies by severe pain, it is not good and needs some medical attention.
How Long Does Ovulation Bleeding Last?
Ovulation bleeding doesn’t usually last long. It will be only a day or two, 4-5 days the most. So if you have experienced spotting for a longer period, it is probably caused by something else like a cyst for example. Again, go see a doctor when this happens.
Ovulation Bleeding As a Birth Control Method
Those women who get bleeding in the middle of each cycle, take it as an ovulation sign. This is actually a very good indicator when you are trying to conceive. It will tell you exactly when you are fertile and which are the best days for making a baby. On the other hand, if you want to avoid getting pregnant, you can use the same method. Still, it is not a 100% sure way to avoid pregnancy and additional methods should be used.