Well, each woman’s menstrual cycle is unique. But one of the main reasons for spotting 10 days before a period can have to do with cysts or implantation and ovulation bleeding. It can also be that your cycle will be shorter than you expect this month and you ovulated early.
Can you have implantation bleeding 10 days before your period? It really depends on your cycle. Maybe, there are some other reasons why this is happening. But no matter what, you should not take brown spotting before the period for granted.
I am careful not to throw the term implantation spotting out there too fast because I know better than to mess with the emotions of TTC friends. You might think “It can’t be implantation spotting because it comes 7 days before a period is due and I’m not that far in.” But I want to warn you to be careful about ovulation bleeding. This is an alarming situation that needs immediate action.
Sometimes, women ovulate earlier than they suspected and what they do not realize is it is actually implantation spotting and not a simple ovulation bleeding.
Now you might ask, does spotting mean you’re pregnant? Hhhmm, It really depends on your cycle. Let’s look at it this way.
The normal cycle is 28 days. You may think it has only been a few days post ovulation but if you ovulated on day 10-12 for instance, then day 17-19, not 19-21 is what you would be looking at.
It could be that you actually ovulated a week ago, instead of only a few days as believed. If you had intercourse during the day when you thought you were not ovulating, chances are you could be pregnant.
Here is where fertility charting is so important and the Fertility Tracker comes in handy. Don’t spend the end of every cycle in tears. Look to the front end of the cycle to find your answers; when you are actually ovulating.
When you know exactly when you have ovulated, then it is easier to understand the spot. For instance, if you are spotting only a few days before you think your period is due, then you might think it is your menstruation.
But what if you ovulated later in the cycle than you thought? It may actually be implantation.
What if, on the other hand, you have a shorter cycle than you know and you begin spotting? That would produce the same concern when in fact, it is your period coming.
Remember that spotting when trying to conceive is almost always a sign that Fertile Balance, an organic progesterone cream may help. Now, if you have a long follicular phase of about 21 days (for example) and you spot around day 28, you will think it is your implantation when it might be mittelschmerz from a cyst.
Below is an email conversation I had with one of our followers who was spotting, but had not sent enough information about previous cycles and doesn’t chart fertility.
She wrote about spotting 10 days before her period:
“Hi, I’ve been spotting for 3 days but only occurred in the morning just once a day and this happened 10 days before my period. Could I be pregnant? Thanks for taking your time reading this message.”
“Hi there. If your cycles are regular and you know that it is in fact 10 days before your period then it could be pregnancy. But if you have any cysts, it could also be that. Cysts would burst just after a good ovulation. Implantation might be the case if you were to have ovulated earlier in the cycle; around day 10 or 11; even 12. That way around day 18, you might have a spotting from implantation which usually happens around 6 or 7 DPO. Did you have any slight pain at ovulation? Do you know when you ovulate? Do you chart your cycles with a digital basal thermometer or OvaCue Fertility Monitor? Search our site by using tags for these terms in order to learn how to chart your fertility. It is very helpful in understanding how this works for your personal body profile.