Trying to Conceive

All You Need to Know About 4 DPO

Team Peanutabout 2 months ago4 min read

4 DPO is four whole days past ovulation—and each of these days only contains 24 hours. We know. It doesn’t feel that way. The tension is real.

4 DPO

Your whole life feels like it’s hinging on the drama that may or may not unfold between a 0.0047 inch egg and a 0.002 inch sperm. Phew.

So what’s happening at 4 DPO? Let’s take a look.

In this article 📝

  • What can I expect at 4 days past ovulation?
  • Where is the egg 4 days after ovulation?
  • How many DPO is implantation?
  • Can I take a pregnancy test 4 days after ovulation?
  • 4 DPO symptoms

What can I expect at 4 days past ovulation?

At 4 DPO, you’re in the luteal phase of your menstrual cycle (that’s the phase between ovulation and your next expected period).

In this phase, progesterone and estrogen are high as they prep the lining of your uterus for pregnancy (wow - organized to the max!).

If you don’t conceive this month, the lining will (literally) go with your next flow.

Where is the egg 4 days after ovulation?

When you ovulate, one of your ovaries releases an egg (or eggs) into your fallopian tube.

If said egg joins forces with an awaiting sperm, they form a zygote.

At 4 DPO, that zygote is likely on the trip of a lifetime down your fallopian tube.

The goal? To implant in the lining of your uterus and begin the long journey to babydom.

How many DPO is implantation?

Implantation usually happens somewhere between six and 12 days DPO, often somewhere in the eight to 10 day window.

And if you need to hear this right now, early pregnancy loss is common.

Implantation is complicated, with up to 10 to 40% of fertilized eggs unable to implant.

You’re not to blame.

Reach out to others who are going through the same thing. You don’t have to do this alone.

Can implantation occur 4 days after ovulation?

Implantation at 4 DPO is unlikely.

That means if you’re spotting 4 DPO, it’s probably best to check in with your healthcare practitioner as this is a little early for implantation bleeding.

Can I take a pregnancy test 4 days after ovulation?

Pregnancy tests work by detecting a hormone called hCG that’s released at implantation.

At 4 DPO, implantation may still be a few days off, so it’s not likely that you’ll get a BFP even if fertilization has taken place.

It’s best to stick it out until the week after your first missed period before taking the test.

(Sorry. We know the wait is agonizing)

In TTC circles, the TWW is the Two Week Wait between ovulation and your next expected period (cycles vary in length so this is by no means an exact Two Weeks).

It’s notorious for how very long it can feel. If you need help surviving it, head here.

4 DPO symptoms

At 4 DPO, it’s probably too soon to be feeling pregnancy symptoms.

As things progress, here are some early pregnancy symptoms to look out for:

  • Implantation bleeding. This is light in color and intensity and usually happens about six to 12 days after conception.
  • Implantation cramps. If you start feeling light cramps around 10 to 14 DPO, this could be a sign that implantation is happening.
  • Fatigue.
  • Breast changes. Tingling nipples. Darker, larger areolas.
  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • Food aversions and cravings.

These symptoms may start peeping through in the next few days or only in the next few weeks.

There’s no one way to have a pregnancy.

While TTC can be hard, it doesn’t have to be lonely.

There’s a whole Peanut community, all going through some version of this journey. The conversation is happening.

Good luck. We wish you all the best.

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