11 DPO is 11 Days Past Ovulation. If you’re trying to conceive, the TWW is the two-week wait between ovulation and your next expected period.
This seemingly eternal time has celebrity status because it’s when you wait to find out if you’re pregnant.
The good news is, at 11 DPO, you’re more than ¾ done with the TWW!
In this article 📝
- What can I expect at 11 DPO?
- How many DPO is considered late?
- Can you get a positive pregnancy test at 11 DPO?
- How many DPO should I test?
- Can you have pregnancy symptoms at 11 DPO?
- 11 DPO symptoms
What can I expect at 11 DPO?
Basically, your ovarian cycle is divided up into three phases:
- Follicular (AKA before the egg is released)
- Ovulation (AKA when the egg is released)
- Luteal (AKA after the egg is released)
At 11 DPO, you’re firmly in the luteal phase of your ovarian cycle.
Once your egg is released, the follicle that housed it turns yellow, closes up, and becomes a new structure called the corpus luteum.
Not only does it get a new name and a fresh look, but a new function too – releasing hormones that prepare the body for pregnancy.
Progesterone is the star here, with estrogen playing a supporting role.
If the released egg met up with an awaiting sperm, they may have joined forces to form a zygote.
The zygote’s job is to implant itself into the lining of your uterus to begin its long journey to babyhood.
If this happens, your body will start producing hCG, AKA the pregnancy hormone, which will signal to the corpus luteum that more progesterone is needed to keep the growing baby supplied with nutrients and oxygen.
If the egg is not fertilized, it will be released with your next period.
How many DPO is considered late?
Around 15 DPO, you’ll probably be expecting your period to arrive.
If it doesn’t arrive within about a week of this, it might be late.
But (and this is important), no two cycles are alike. So there’s no one specific DPO that is the DPO for a late pregnancy.
There are also various reasons you could be late that are not pregnancy-related, such as:
- Stress. TTC is stressful—and in one of life’s greatest ironies, this stress can cause a skipped period without a pregnancy. If you’re feeling especially stressed, chat with your doctor. Reach out to others on Peanut. Seek counseling. You don’t have to do this alone.
- Birth control. Going on and off birth control can do all sorts of fun things to your period.
- PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome). This generally comes from hormonal challenges—but it is treatable. Chat with your doctor about your options.
- Perimenopause. This is the stage leading up to menopause and may mean that your periods become irregular. It doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to get pregnant, but it’s definitely worth talking to your doctor about.
- Health issue. Chronic health challenges and thyroid issues can impact the regularity of your period.
Can you get a positive pregnancy test at 11 DPO?
An 11 DPO pregnancy test might give you a positive result.
Pregnancy tests work by detecting the hCG hormone.
If you’re pregnant at 11 DPO, you may or may not have sufficient hCG levels to give a positive result.
How many DPO should I test?
The good news is that hCG levels increase by about 50% a day in early pregnancy, meaning if you wait a few days, your test may be more accurate.
Somewhere in the region of 15 DPO is a good benchmark.
Can you have pregnancy symptoms at 11 DPO?
There’s a whole lot happening in your body during early pregnancy.
Hormones are shifting, your blood volume is increasing, and you are going through the beginnings of a physical transformation.
At 11 DPO, it’s possible that you could be feeling the effects.
Here’s some of what might be going on.
11 DPO symptoms
- 11 DPO cramping
- 11 DPO implantation bleeding
- Nipples darkening and getting more sensitive
- Frequent peeing
- Weird cravings
- All sorts of digestive fun, such as gassiness, bloating and constipation
- Aches and pains
And, in many cases, you may not have a single symptom. That’s normal, too!
Be gentle with yourself. Wherever you’re at, we’re rooting for you.
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