5 DPO: Symptoms, Signs & What to Expect

5 DPO: Symptoms, Signs & What to Expect

5 DPO and TTC? Yes, the wait can be long. It can also be very stressful. You don’t have to do it alone. Let’s talk about what’s happening at 5 DPO.
Ah, the time-bending power of TTC.

Every minute feels like an hour.

And as for days, can it really be only 5 DPO?

Yep, this waiting room can be cruel.

So why can’t you just take a test and get the whole thing over and done with?

Unfortunately, it’s a little more complicated.

Let’s have the conversation ‒ but first, a quick recap of some useful TTC acronyms:

For the full list, head here.

So 5 DPO is 5 days post ovulation.

But what does that mean for your TTC journey? Let’s find out, with a helping hand from embryologist and fertility expert, Navya Muralidhar.

In this article: 📝

  • What is happening at 5 DPO?
  • Can implantation occur 5 days after conception?
  • Can you have a positive pregnancy test 5 DPO?
  • What are the symptoms of 5 DPO?
  • How do you feel 5 days after ovulation if pregnant?

What is happening at 5 DPO?

At 5 DPO, it’s 5 days since your peak point in your fertile window ‒ the day that you were ovulating.

That’s the best time to have sex if you’re trying to conceive, when you’re at your most fertile, and your chances of conceiving are much higher.

When you ovulate, one egg (or in some rare cases maybe 2 or more) is released into your fallopian tube.

It hangs out there for about 24 hours.

If a sperm is swimming its way up to the tube too, they might join forces to become a zygote.

The zygote then makes the long trip down the fallopian tube.

Destination: lining of your uterus.

When it gets there, it’s grown in size to form an embryo and its plan is to implant itself so that it can begin its 9-month journey (plus or minus a couple weeks) of growing and changing.


Can implantation occur 5 days after conception?

So can you implant at 5 DPO?

Well, not often, no.

It’s pretty rare for 5 DPO implantation to occur ‒ normally, it happens between 6 DPO and 12 DPO.

The implantation window is when the uterus is most receptive (or inviting) toward the embryo.

While 5 days post-ovulation is early for implantation, it’s not impossible at this point.

From the outside, it’s pretty tricky to know if implantation at 5 DPO is taking place—so much so, in fact, that we track pregnancy from your last period rather than conception.

(If you’ve ever heard of 4 weeks pregnant actually being 2 weeks pregnant, yep, this is why.)

That being said, there are some signs to watch out for.

If you’re experiencing spotting and/or cramping 5 days after ovulation, for example, it could be a sign that an ambitious zygote is implanting itself.

Another way to get some clues as to whether implantation has taken place is by tracking your basal body temperature (BBT).

This is your body’s temperature when you’re at rest.

Your BBT generally goes through a brief spike when you ovulate and starts dropping when your period is on its way.

If 5 DPO implantation happens, your BBT may dip and then rise again.

This is called an implantation dip and can happen 5 to 12 days past ovulation.

So if you see a dip you’re pregnant, right? Ugh. Frustratingly, not always.

Sometimes the dip happens when you’re not pregnant.

Sometimes you can have no dip and be pregnant.

The bottom line? Tracking your BBT can be a useful strategy to get to know your cycle when you’re TTC, which can help you pinpoint the best time to have sex to conceive.

An implantation dip may give you some intel into what’s happening—but it’s by no means confirmation of the start of pregnancy.

Can you have a positive pregnancy test 5 DPO?

A 5 DPO BFP is not the easiest thing to come by.

That’s because pregnancy tests work by detecting a hormone called hCG that is produced when implantation takes place.

By day 5 post-ovulation, even if implantation has taken place, hCG levels may not be at the levels where they can be detected by a pregnancy test.

So if you want to take a 5 DPO pregnancy test, by all means, go pee on a stick, but don’t be too disheartened if you see a 5 DPO negative pregnancy test.

There’s still a chance you could see a positive, but it might take a few more days for your hCG levels to rise enough to be detected by the pregnancy test.

Can you detect hCG 5 days after ovulation?

It’s very rare, but every now and then, we’ll see a mom-to-be celebrating her 5 DPO positive pregnancy test.

But this may only be in cases of multiples (twins, triplets, quadruplets), where the hCG levels can sometimes be higher sooner in your pregnancy.

However, this isn’t always the case ‒ some multiple pregnancies don’t have higher levels of hCG at this stage, and they go on to be a healthy pregnancy.

More often than not, it’s too early to take your 5 DPO pregnancy test ‒ it’s best to wait until the day after your missed period, when your hCG levels are more likely to be detectable.

We know, the wait is agonizing!

What are the symptoms of 5 DPO?

So are there any 5 DPO symptoms ending in BFP?

Well, sometimes, but it can be still too early to know what’s a symptom and what’s your body’s natural post-ovulation symptoms.

But if you’re TTC, you may be feeling hyper-vigilant about any changes in your body.

“Could this be a sign of pregnancy? What about that?”

Pregnancy symptoms can hit you as early as day 5 post ovulation — but it can be quite difficult to tell the difference between them and period pain.

Many of these 5 DPO symptoms are very hard to spot, so craving a bar of chocolate might just be your body wanting some chocolate, instead of a pregnancy craving.

Here’s some of what you could experience at 5 days post-ovulation:

  • Food cravings. And food sensitivities. You want what you want and definitely don’t want what you don’t. Want to see how your cravings compare to the rest of the Peanut community? Check out our ultimate pregnancy cravings list.
  • Aches. In your head. In your muscles. In your abdomen. If you’re experiencing 5 DPO cramping, this could be a sign of implantation.
  • Breast tenderness. Your nipples might be more sensitive than usual.
  • Urine, urine, urine. When did your life become all about peeing?
  • Low energy. More fatigued than usual? This could be a sign of early pregnancy.
  • Over it all. Feel like your moods are swinging like a giant pendulum? Also a sign.
  • Urine, urine, urine. (Yep, it’s worth mentioning twice.)
  • Spotting. Whether your 5 DPO spotting is implantation bleeding or ovulation bleeding is still up for interpretation at this point.

How do you feel 5 days after ovulation if pregnant?

So what are the potential 5 DPO symptoms ending in BFP?

Well, we asked our Peanut TTC community to share their 5 DPO symptoms success stories ‒ as you’ll see, there’s a huge range of different symptoms.

It just goes to show that every pregnancy journey truly is different!

  • “I’m about 5/6 DPO (I know ridiculously early. I have no self-control) and I swear I see a faint line. I’ve never had line eyes before like I do right now.” ‒ Caitlyn
  • “5 DPO and I see some watery, clear/white discharge in my underwear. Could this be an early sign of pregnancy? I don’t ever recall if I have this happening monthly during my regular cycle.” ‒ Tatiana
  • “I’m 5 DPO and cramping in pelvic area and lower abdomen ‒ wondering if it’s early implantation cramps.” ‒ Cassie
  • “I am 5DPO with twinges in my lower abdomen too I’m hoping for a good sign this month fingers crossed!” ‒ Jessica
  • “I think I’m 5 DPO and experiencing a high, soft and very wet cervix. I even have stretchy cervical mucus at times, but mainly it’s just really wet. I’ve always just seemed pretty dry after I ovulate up until my period.” ‒ Amberlee
  • “I’m 5 DPO and had light blood when I wiped, which has never happened yet (we’ve been TTC for about 5 months). Could it be implantation bleeding?” ‒ Hannah
  • “5 DPO and I had cramping, sore boobs, and a ton of watery cervical mucus, I thought it was a period.” ‒ Elizabeth
  • “My cervix feels a bit softer than usual at 5 DPO.” ‒ Stacey
  • “I’m 5 DPO today and woke up with really sore boobs and really watery cervical mucus! Update: I tested yesterday and got my BFP.” ‒ Becky
  • “I was in the TWW and had no symptoms whatsoever! Just found out I’m 3 weeks pregnant so ovulated right after my period.” ‒ Sherice
  • “I am 5 DPO today and this morning I was woken up by a sharp pain in the left side of my stomach. It keeps going away and coming back, like a stabbing pain and I feel a bit nauseous. My period isn’t due for another 10 days.” ‒ Kayleigh
  • “Super early positive test! 5 DPO! To our surprise, when I tested 9 days before my expected period, it turned out positive!” ‒ Florence
  • “I had lots of creamy discharge at 5/6 DPO before I found out!” ‒ Lani
  • “I’ve got cramping at 5 DPO, I haven’t really experienced this before and I’m unsure of what to make of it.” ‒ Tamieka
  • “I’m 5 DPO and have had light cramps yesterday and migraine today.” ‒ Caroline
  • “So I’m 5 DPO and I have started feeling crappy. I don’t have cramps but I feel yuck, really low like I would when I have my period.” ‒ Louise
  • “I’m 5 DPO and I am constipated and have a lot of creamy discharge.” ‒ Nacirema

So that’s life at 5 DPO.

You’ve got about 9 days to go until you can get your most accurate pregnancy test ‒ be sure to do it first thing in the morning of the day after your missed period for the best result (morning pee has the highest levels of hCG).

You’re symptom-spotting everything, wondering whether you can just take your test right now, just in case.

After all, rare is still possible, right?

One thing that can help is finding people who are in the same boat as you ‒ that’s why we have the Peanut community, to offer support, advice, and friendship when you need it most.

Come join us. We think you’ll fit right in.

Good luck. 🌸

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