What is it?!
It is light bleeding that occurs around the time of ovulation. Sometimes this happens every cycle, other times it is infrequent and others never experience it. Bottom line-know what is right for your body. The discharge colour may range from light pink to bright red or dark brown, depending on the speed of the blood flow. Remember what I said in my last post about light pink bleeding/spotting? Bingo! Same applies here-light pink spotting typically means that blood has mixed with cervical fluid. A dramatic fall in oestrogen is typically the reason behind ovulation bleeding. This happens right before ovulation and may cause the endometrium (the inner lining of the uterus) to shed.
Spotting between periods (before, during, after ovulation)-When is it normal?
Before ovulation may be a sign that something is amiss here, perhaps a reproductive issue, potentially that ovulation isn’t happening at all. (How do you know what your ovulation should be? I recommend the Daysy Thermometer to track your Basal Body Temp!) During ovulation is normal and is typically from a drop in oestrogen like I mentioned above. Spotting AFTER ovulation may be implementation bleeding (ie you have a fertilised egg in your uterus). The colour of this type of bleeding is light pink to dark brown, not the brighter red we associate with menstrual bleeding. This type of bleeding will also be a lighter flow and last between a few hours and two days.
- Ovarian Cysts
- Pre-Menarche (the period before someone bleeds for the first time)
- Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
This list is not the only causes of spotting in between periods. All in all, ovulation bleeding IS typically normal and ok. If it is unusual for you and lasts a few cycles, get it checked out. The worst that could happen is they say that you are fine. And how bad is that really?