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Spotting Before Ovulation

Spotting before ovulation occurs in up to 30% of women, and is considered to be a normal thing if connected with ovulation. However intermenstrual light bleeding bothers ladies, as sometimes the border between the norm and pathology is too thin. Actually, a number of medical reasons may also cause spotting that takes place around the ovulation time. Let’s look at this controversial symptom in details.

Why Does Spotting Normally Occur?

Every woman in the middle of her cycle experiences the same process: an ovum matures in her ovary. At this time follicle grows in size considerably, getting about 2 cm in diameter, and then bursts, releasing the ovum into the Fallopian tubes. As a rule women don’t feel these transformations, however, those, who are sensitive enough may have some unusual feelings like pain in the abdomen.

The appearance of bloody discharge, is explained as follows: due to the follicle burst, a part of the ovary becomes inactive and causes insufficient hormone production. As a result the uterine lining separates partially, which causes spotting. This spotting, normally has pinkish or brownish color and sometimes is accompanied by pulling sensation or pain in the abdomen. These symptoms may start a few hours before the ovulation and last no longer than 3 days.

Even if all the symptoms come together and there is a direct connection with the ovulation period, it is recommended to consult the doctor in order to exclude other probable causes, as the list of medical complications with similar symptoms is rather impressive. Possible pathologies which cause spotting before ovulation are as follows:

  • Infections, affecting the reproductive tract

  • Low activity of the thyroid gland

  • Uterine fibroids and polyps, available uterine adhesions

  • Ovarian apoplexy

  • Inflammation of the appendages

  • Endometriosis

  • Hormonal disorders

Spotting Caused by Contraception

Spotting before ovulation can also originate from the usage of birth control pills. If you apply these means of contraception and they cause light bleeding between periods, you should better consult your gynecologist as your contraception may require correction. With birth control pills the spotting in the first 3 months is acceptable. Women, using an intrauterine spiral, may experience bloody discharge a few weeks after insertion. However, spotting in this case may also mean that the spiral was dislocated. Make sure to check that with your gynecologist.


Spotting before ovulation usually bothers women seriously. In this case the best thing to do is to undergo the diagnostic testing prescribed by your gynecologist. If any pathology wasn’t indicated, the spotting you have may be referred to your sensitivity to ovulation process. This case doesn’t require any treatment and is considered to be the norm. Pain, which sometimes accompanies bloody discharge, may be relieved with mild pain­killers in the form of suppositories or tablets. In some cases avoiding physical and sexual activity during ovulation may eliminate the unpleasant symptoms. Nevertheless you should observe and remember all the peculiarities in order to give the full information to your gynecologist. Attentive attitude will always prevent serious complications.