Congratulations! At 13 DPO, the end of the TWW is in sight.
The TWW (Two Week Wait, between ovulation and your next expected period) is infamous in TTC circles.
Somehow, you’re supposed to just keep calm and carry on with your life while you wait to see if you’re pregnant.
Well, we say that if you’ve made it to 13 DPO you deserve a medal for your patience. (If you’re not there yet, here are some tips to get you through.)
So what can you expect as you await the dawn of your (pregnancy) information age? Let’s take a look.
In this article 📝
- What happens at 13 DPO?
- Is 13 DPO too early to test pregnancy?
- How many DPO is considered late?
- 13 DPO symptoms
What happens at 13 DPO?
13 DPO can feel like a bit of a gray area day.
You’re not sure if you should test.
You’re not sure if those are early pregnancy symptoms that you’re feeling.
And if they are, are they really? Or are they PMS?
Is 13 DPO too early to test pregnancy?
According to the US Office on Women’s Health, home pregnancy tests are about 99% accurate when used correctly—but part of using them correctly is getting the timing right.
Can I take a pregnancy test 13 days after ovulation?
You can—but you might not necessarily get an accurate result.
That’s because pregnancy tests work by detecting a hormone called hCG that’s released when implantation happens.
hCG has to reach 25 mIU/mL or above for you to get a BFP.
At 13 DPO, even if you’re pregnant, your hCG levels may not be that high yet.
That means, if you get a 13 DPO BFN, it’s worth taking the test again.
Whether you’re 13 days post-IUI or 13 days post-BMS (Baby-Making Sex), the same applies.
How many DPO is considered late?
The first day of your period is considered Day 1 of your cycle.
Ovulation happens at around Day 14 (ish).
So 13 DPO is Day 27 (ish) of your cycle.
That means that after another two days you’ll be late.
But your body, your cycle.
While the average length of a cycle is 28 days, it’s totally normal to have a cycle anywhere in the 21 to 40-day range.
Fertility apps can help you track where you’re at.
13 DPO symptoms
Early pregnancy symptoms are not always the ones you see in the movies.
Sure, the dramatic trips to the bathroom stall may be something you experience but this is by no means where it starts and ends.
- Cramps. This one can be confusing—particularly if you’re used to having period cramps every month. If you’re pregnant, there’s a chance that you may experience implantation cramping 13 DPO. This is basically your body’s response to a fertilized egg implanting itself into the lining of your uterus.
- Bleeding. Implantation can also cause 13 DPO spotting. Yep, also confusing because at this point your period is imminent. Implantation bleeding is typically lighter and shorter than menstrual bleeding, and shouldn’t contain clots. (If you’re experiencing any unusual heavy bleeding, it’s probably best to check in with your doctor.)
- Exhaustion. If you’re feeling more tired than normal, this could be a sign of early pregnancy as your body goes through major hormonal and physical changes.
- Nipple tingles. Mmm. Your breasts seem to know something that you don’t. They seem to be on high alert. Also, your nipples may have grown bigger and darker. If you’re looking for a hormone to blame, all eyes on progesterone.
- Food ❤️ and 🚫. You may be experiencing both cravings for and aversions to all sorts of foods. Also, all your senses may be heightened.
And, importantly, at 13 DPO no symptoms doesn’t mean that you’re not pregnant. Sometimes symptoms take weeks to show up. (The pattern here is that there is no one pattern.)
Good luck! And when you wake up tomorrow morning, here’s your reading material: Peanut’s guide to 14 DPO.