At 6 DPO, you’re getting closer to the end of the two week wait, but still so far away.
You’re probably thinking, “Come on already! Let’s draw the name from the hat, pull out the envelope, roll the credits.” Let’s get this next episode started.
We know. This can be agonizing.
So let’s get to it. What happens at 6 DPO?
While no two experiences are exactly alike, here’s some of what you might expect.
In this article 📝
- What can I expect at 6 DPO?
- How many DPO is implantation?
- Is 6 DPO too early to test?
- Can you have symptoms 6 DPO?
- 6 DPO symptoms
What can I expect at 6 DPO?
First things first, how do you even know that you’re 6 DPO?
So much of TTC is timing.
Knowing when you’re ovulating is a big part of this journey because this is when conception is most likely to take place.
Once you know that, you can start counting days past ovulation (DPO). The day after ovulation is 1 DPO.
The job of tracking your cycle can feel like a full-time one. Luckily, there are various strategies that can help:
- Charting your Basal Body Temperature (BBT). Your BBT is your temperature when you’re at rest. Just after ovulation, your BBT rises. If you track your temperature consistently, you can get a good idea of when you’re most likely to ovulate.
- Using fertility apps. The number of fertility apps on the market is only increasing. They perform various functions from helping you track your cycle, to symptom monitoring, to BBT recording. Head here for advice on how to choose the one that’s right for you.
- Investing in an ovulation predictor kit. This one works much the same way as a pregnancy test—you get to pee on a stick—but it’s checking for a different hormone. Ovulation predictor kits check for LH (the luteinizing hormone), which is elevated when you ovulate.
How many DPO is implantation?
If one of your eggs is fertilized, the newly formed zygote will make its way to the lining of the uterus with ambitions to implant itself there.
This is a crucial event, with many (including the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists) arguing that it is actually when pregnancy starts.
Can implantation occur 6 days post ovulation?
Is 6 DPO too early to test?
With implantation comes hCG—the hormone pregnancy tests detect to see if you’re pregnant.
A 6 DPO BFP is unlikely (not impossible, but unlikely) because your hCG levels have not had sufficient time to build up.
That means you might get a false negative.
If you do decide to test this early, you might just want to take another one at around 15 DPO or your next expected period.
Can you have symptoms 6 DPO?
So here’s the crazy thing. While you can’t necessarily get an accurate test at this point, your body might give you some telltale signs. (You also may not have symptoms for a few more weeks to come. Our bodies are all so different.)
6 DPO symptoms
- 6 DPO implantation bleeding. When a zygote implants in the lining of your uterus, it can cause some bleeding—but the challenge here is telling the difference between implantation bleeding and your period. If it’s light in color and strength and doesn’t last too long, it could be implantation bleeding. Also, while your period blood may contain some clots, implantation bleeding shouldn’t.
- 6 DPO cramping. Implantation cramping can be cleverly disguised as period pain. The difference? The length and intensity. Period pain is usually more painful and lasts longer.
- Headaches, dizziness, and fatigue. If you’re pregnant, HCG is on the scene and your progesterone levels are increasing as your body prepares for pregnancy. These hormonal shifts can make your head spin.
Last, we know the TWW can be long. Here are our five top tips to survive it.
Wishing you all the best. 💗
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