Spotting During Ovulation

Dr. Elizabeth Pryor answers the question, What does it mean when I spot during ovulation?

Question

About 10 days ago, around the time I would have ovulated, I spotted for a day. What could this mean? Could I be pregnant?

Answer

Occasionally women will experience spotting at the time of ovulation. Usually this occurs because the levels of estrogen decrease.

This does not mean that you would necessarily have trouble conceiving, if that is your desire. Spotting will occur with most women on occasion, and yes, it is possible that you could be pregnant if you had intercourse during this time.

I would recommend a urine pregnancy test about the time you expect your period.

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