Ovulation is a part of the female menstrual period when a mature ovarian follicle releases an ovum. The egg moves down the fallopian tube where it can be met by sperm and become fertilized. But many women may have light vaginal bleeding in the course of ovulation. This light spot is termed as ovulation spotting, which is considered a great indication of virility. It occurs approximately 14 to 16 days after the last menstrual period. It is generally dark brown or pink and continues 1 to 2 days. When you have abnormal bleeding during the menstrual cycle, it is necessary for you to seek the advice of your personal doctor.
What causes ovulation spotting?
There is no specific reason why ovulation spotting occurs, but it happens when the egg ruptures the follicle during the time of ovulation. Women may also observe some brown blood at the time of ovulation. This type of ovulation spotting sometimes happen because of changing hormones during ovulation as a woman’s body prepares to ovulate, follicles will begin to develop and mature which in turn they generate more estrogen. This elevated estrogen hormone triggers a surge in LH.
What does ovulation spotting look like?
It generally happens before ovulation or during the ovulation days. Unlike with menstrual bleeding, only a small amount of blood may appear during ovulating. This blood will be an either pink or dark red color and it may be combined with cervical mucus and also associated with mild abdominal pain and discomfort.
When does it occur?
Your ovulation spotting is likely to occur for around two days and then ovulation begins. If you want to become pregnant, this is the best time to have the intercourse as soon as spotting occurs. Spotting during ovulation is absolutely normal, but in some cases, ovulation spotting occurs due to ovarian cyst formation. During such cases, you need immediate medical assistance.