If you’re 10 DPO and your eyes are glued to the calendar, we feel you.
Is your period coming? Not coming? Can you test? Should you not? And did someone change the laws of time? Why is everything moving so slowly?
Knowing that everyone has a different experience when they’re TTC, here is some of what you might expect at this exciting, nerve-wracking, beautiful, confusing time.
In this article 📝
- What can I expect at 10 DPO?
- Can implantation happen at 10DPO?
- Is 10 days DPO too early to test?
- Can you get a positive pregnancy test 10 DPO?
- 10 DPO symptoms
What can I expect at 10 DPO?
First, a quick spin around the basics.
Once every 28 days (approximately), one of your ovaries releases an egg into your fallopian tube.
This process is ovulation and happens at about Day 14 of your cycle (Day 1 is the first day of your period).
Fertilized egg = pregnancy. 🤰🏽 Unfertilized egg = period. 🩸
If an egg is fertilized, it travels down your fallopian tube and attempts to embed itself into the lining of your uterus.
This part of the puzzle is tricky—up to two-thirds of pregnancy losses happen at this critical point.
Can implantation happen at 10DPO?
Implantation usually happens somewhere between six and 12 DPO, with the average being eight to 10.
So, does that mean that if you take a 10 DPO pregnancy test, you’ll get a reliable result?
Well, things are a little more complicated than that.
Is 10 days DPO too early to test?
Probably not the answer you’re looking for right now, but it’s best to wait until you’re at least 12 DPO before you test.
Pregnancy tests work by checking your pee for a hormone called hCG (human chorionic gonadotrophin, if you want to impress your dinner guests) that is secreted somewhere around six days after fertilization.
By 10 DPO, you may not have sufficient amounts of the hormone in your system to get an accurate result.
Can you get a positive pregnancy test 10 DPO?
Because hCG might be present in your pee at this point, it’s possible to get a 10 DPO BFP.
But—and this is why it’s best to wait—this positive cannot necessarily be trusted.
A positive test at 10 DPO has a good chance of being a chemical pregnancy, which is when the egg is fertilized but is unable to implant or grow.
This will lead to an early miscarriage, and it can definitely be disappointing.
Before the invention of ultra-sensitive pregnancy tests, many women had chemical pregnancies and didn’t even know it, since this early miscarriage can easily be mistaken for a period.
On the other hand, testing this early, before the hCG levels have built up, can also produce a false negative. Also super stressful.
So, at 10 days past ovulation (and around Day 24 of your cycle), you’re pretty much in the waiting room to find out whether you have a reliable BFN or BFP. (We know, so many acronyms. Here’s a glossary if you need.)
10 DPO symptoms
If you are pregnant, you may have some symptoms at 10 DPO. (The problem is, they may look a lot like PMS symptoms—and appear at about the right time in your cycle. So it’s often hard to trace them back to their source.)
- Implantation bleeding. If you’re spotting 10 DPO, this could be because a fertilized egg is attaching itself to the wall of your uterus. Implantation bleeding is usually quicker and lighter than your period and may only last anywhere from one to three days.
- Mild cramps. It may be quite tricky to differentiate between implantation cramps and period cramps. Pregnancy cramps are often in your lower abdomen and/or lower back. If you experience severe cramping, get to your doctor. This could mean something else is up.
- Tender breasts. Yup, this can also happen as your period approaches, so while it’s not a telltale sign, it may be a symptom of early pregnancy.
- Headaches. Hormone fluctuations and increased blood flow are likely responsible for this one.
- Exhaustion. After implantation, you produce more progesterone to help your uterus grow during pregnancy. Great for your womb, not so great for your exhaustion levels. Full license to nap.
- Nausea. Sometimes with vomiting, sometimes without.
- Peeing a lot. Your kidneys get so excited by the increase in blood flow that they produce more urine. (Thanks.)
- Digestion troubles. Really gassy right now? You might just have an excellent excuse. Constipation is another issue that can stop you from going with the flow.
You may also be pregnant and experience no symptoms at all. No right way to do this.
Good luck. 🧡
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