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10 DPO: Symptoms, Signs & What to Expect

Team Peanut
Team Peanut15 days ago8 min read

If you’re 10 DPO, you may have just experienced the longest 10 days of your life. You’re not alone.

10 DPO

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 10 DPO ‒ this exciting, nerve-wracking, beautiful, confusing time.

In this article 📝

  • What is 10 DPO
  • What can I expect at 10 DPO?
  • What’s happening 10 days after ovulation?
  • Can implantation happen at 10 DPO?
  • Is 10 DPO too early to test?
  • Can you get a positive pregnancy test 10 DPO?
  • Can you test negative at 10 DPO?
  • 10 DPO symptoms

What is 10 DPO

10 DPO means 10 days post ovulation or 10 days past ovulation.

DPO is an acronym used by those who are trying to conceive to track when they should take a pregnancy test.

Many people who are trying to conceive will have unprotected sex at the point of ovulation ‒ when you’re at your most fertile (also known as your fertile window).

Then, at (usually) 14 DPO (14 days past ovulation), or roughly when your period is due to start, that’s the ideal point to take a pregnancy test.

Using the DPO method is a way of avoiding unnecessary disappointment or wasting pregnancy tests (after all, those things can be expensive!).

This is because a pregnancy may not show up as a positive pregnancy test (or BFP ‒ big fat positive) for up to 14 DPO, due to rising hormone levels.

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.

What’s happening 10 days after ovulation?

At 10 DPO, what’s happening?

Well, there could be one of two things going on.

One is implantation ‒ this may have already happened, be happening, or be about to happen.

The other could be that you’re about 4-7 days away from your next period.

You may be feeling early pregnancy symptoms or notice signs that your period is on the way in the next week or so.

Unfortunately, sometimes, both of these can look very similar ‒ downright identical.

Can implantation happen at 10 DPO?

Yes, implantation usually happens somewhere between 6 DPO 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 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 to 14 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?

Wondering whether you could get a 10 DPO positive pregnancy test?

Well, 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.)

How many DPO will a pregnancy test be positive?

Generally speaking, 12-14 DPO is the recommended time to take a pregnancy test, for the most accurate results.

This is because your hCG levels have built up (in the event of a positive pregnancy) enough to show up as on a pregnancy test.

And if you see a 10 DPO faint positive, it can still be worth taking a test again in a couple of days.

It’s easy to misread a faint line on a pregnancy test, particularly if it’s an evaporation line or if the pregnancy test has expired.

Can you test negative at 10 DPO?

Yes, it is possible to get an early false negative pregnancy test at 10 DPO.

This is because your hCG levels may be a little too low to register on a pregnancy test as positive at this stage.

So if you have a negative pregnancy test at 10 DPO, remember that it’s not definite at this stage.

But there is also the possibility that a 10 DPO negative pregnancy test (or 10 DPO BFN) is correct, too.

If I have a 10 DPO BFN, when should I test again?

It’s recommended to take a pregnancy test at between 12 DPO and 14 DPO for the most accurate result.

A 10 DPO negative pregnancy test doesn’t always mean that you’re not pregnant ‒ it might just been that the hCG levels aren’t yet recognized on your pregnancy test.

Give it a couple more days and try again.

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.

Here are some of the most common 10 DPO symptoms, according to our Peanut mamas and moms-to-be:

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.

So if you’re experiencing 10 DPO implantation bleeding, you’re not alone, and it doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re not pregnant.

Even brown spotting at 10 DPO or 10 DPO brown discharge may be an indicator of pregnancy, too ‒ although it’s not guaranteed.

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 at 10 DPO or any point in your cycle, get to your doctor.

This could mean something else is up.

Tender breasts

Yup, tender breasts may also be a sign that your period is on the way, so while it’s not a telltale sign, it may be a symptom of early pregnancy.

Headaches

Hormone fluctuations and increased blood flow may be responsible for some early pregnancy headaches.

So a headache at 10 DPO might be on the books before you see your BFP.

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.

Hello, fatigue!

Full license to nap.

Nausea

That’s right ‒ nausea at 10 DPO can happen ‒ even this early in your pregnancy.

Sometimes pregnancy nausea with vomiting, sometimes without.

Always annoying.

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 10 DPO at all.

There’s no single journey to pregnancy and mamahood.

And if you’re concerned about not having a positive pregnancy test or any symptoms at 10 DPO, know that you’re not alone.

If you want someone to talk to who’s going through their own TTC journey, you’re welcome to join our community on Peanut.

Read next: All You Need to Know About 11 DPO

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