Mid cycle bleeding is bleeding that occurs around the middle of the menstrual cycle, which coincides with the time of ovulation. It is therefore called ovulation bleeding or spotting during ovulation. Should I worry about this?
Though many other conditions can cause bleeding during the mid cycle period, the term "mid cycle spotting or bleeding" is reserved for a specific form of vaginal bleeding that is associated with the process of ovulation. That is why it can also be called ovulation bleeding, spotting during ovulation or bleeding during ovulation. It is not a disease but part of a normal process.
It occurs in about 10% of all women, and most often occurs in adolescent and in women in the perimenopausal period. It may occur alongside mild lower abdominal called ovulation pain.
It usually occurs about 10 to 16 days after the last day of menses and can last from 12 hours to a maximum of 1 to 2 days. Remember that the day of your mid cycle is not always Day 14. The date of ovulation depends on the length of your cycle. Unsure about your date of ovulation? Check it out here Ovulation and Menstruation.
This is a
frequent question from women visiting this site who are trying to figure out if the bleeding they are
experiencing is the “mid cycle bleeding”. These are some key features of
ovulation bleeding to keep in mind:
Not all bleeding that occurs during the mid cycle is ovulation bleeding. Other causes of bleeding between periods may coincide with the mid cycle days though they are not due to ovulation. The medical term for all vaginal bleeding that occurs between normal menstrual periods is metrorrhagia or intermenstrual bleeding.
That is why the term ovulation bleeding might
be better appellation because it clearly links the bleeding as due to ovulation. Get the quick facts about ovulation.
The most acceptable explanation for spotting during ovulation is low estrogens levels that occur during ovulation. This causes the endometrium of the uterus to decrease in thickness leading to bleeding. This means the bleeding is coming from the uterus.
Alternatively, it has been proposed that the bleeding comes from the ovary that has ruptured to release the egg and therefore lead to mild bleeding through the fallopian tubes into the uterus. Some have even suggested the cervix as the source of the bleeding.
Spotting during ovulation is not a disease. You have to distinguish it from more serious causes of abnormal uterine bleeding.
As mentioned above, the first step is not to mislabel an abnormal bleeding as ovulation bleeding which may delay seeking necessary medical care. Mid cycle bleeding does not usually require treatment. You may take simple analgesics to control any associated ovulation pain if necessary. If you think the bleeding requires treatment, it is more likely that it is not ovulation bleeding and I would suggest you see a doctor.
Suspecting your bleeding might not be ovulation bleeding? See other causes of abnormal uterine bleeding.
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