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Every time a woman bleeds it means she is menstruating and a new cycle has begun. Is this fact or fiction? The answer is FICTION!
There are four kinds of normal bleeds that can occur:
1. Menstration occurs 11-16 days after ovulation if conception has not occured
2. Estrogen breakthrough bleeding or ovulation bleeding can occur due to a sharp rise in estrogen when the body is trying to ovulate. This is usually lighter than regular menstration, but not always.
3. Estrogen withdrawal bleeding can occur due to a sharp drop in estrogen if the body has attempted to ovulate and failed. This is also usually ligher than regular menstration, but not always.
4. Implantation bleeding can occur 7-10 days after conception and is due to the embryo nestling it's way into the uterine lining.
Keeping an accurate CM record and proper training in how to interpret is the simplest way to accurately determine which kind of bleed is occuring. It can be easy to assume that a bleed is automatically menstruation - especially if it happens at the "right time", but it could actually another kind of bleed. This is why couples avoiding pregnancy with NFP avoid intercourse on days of non-menstral bleeding or spotting and for 3 full days afterwards.