So you’re 8 DPO, and millions of questions are firing in your head. Can I get a positive pregnancy test at 8DPO? If I am pregnant, when will I get symptoms? And why is everyone on my social media feed making pregnancy announcements? It’s a lot.
First things first—your journey is entirely yours.
There’s no one way to do this—so while we’ll help you navigate this territory, there’s no such thing as a garden variety TTC experience.
With that in mind, here’s what you might encounter along the way.
In this article 📝
- What to expect at 8 DPO
- How many DPO is implantation?
- Can I get a positive pregnancy test 8 days after ovulation?
- Is 8 DPO too early for symptoms?
- 8 DPO symptoms
What to expect at 8 DPO
8 DPO means you’re eight days past ovulation.
The average menstrual cycle (with lots of variations on either side) is 28 days. Day 1 is the first day of your period.
You’re most likely to conceive from about Day 8 to Day 15.
Somewhere around Day 14, one of your ovaries, spurred on by the luteinizing hormone (LH), releases an egg into the fallopian tube. This process is called ovulation.
Put that all together and 8 DPO is about Day 22 of your menstrual cycle.
If you’re TTC, the TWW (two-week wait between ovulation and your next expected period) can be more suspenseful than the penultimate episode of your favorite thriller—and 8 DPO is a pretty important episode.
If one (or more) of your eggs is fertilized, this is about the time that the zygote makes its way down the fallopian tube and nestles into the lining of the uterus. This process is called implantation.
How many DPO is implantation?
8 DPO is slap bang in the middle of that window.
So does that mean you should be taking an 8 DPO pregnancy test? Well, unfortunately, it’s more complicated than that.
Can I get a positive pregnancy test 8 days after ovulation?
Pregnancy tests work by detecting a hormone called hCG, which is produced after implantation.
At around 8 DPO, this hormone might start appearing in your body if you’re pregnant.
So that means you can take a test at this point, right?
The problem is there’s no such thing as a one-to-one correlation when it comes to hCG levels and DPO.
We don’t all produce the exact same amount at the exact same time.
While some pregnancies may get a BFP at 8 DPO, not all will. That’s why it’s best to wait.
How many DPO should you take a pregnancy test?
14 DPO, or about the time of your next expected period, is a good time to take a pregnancy test. (We know. The suspense is ridiculous.)
That’s because, as your pregnancy develops, hCG levels increase by about 50% a day.
After the TWW, those levels should be prepped and ready for detection.
Is 8 DPO too early for symptoms?
Pregnancy symptoms are as varied as the bodies they inhabit.
Sometimes they show up as early as 8 DPO and sometimes they only show up weeks into pregnancy.
If they do show up very early for you, here’s some of what you might expect.
8 DPO symptoms
(Yes, they do look an awful lot like PMS symptoms. 🤔)
- 8DPO cramping often occurs during implantation.
- 8DPO spotting, possibly due to implantation.
- Tender breasts
- Emotional rollercoaster-ing
The TTC journey can feel a lot like traveling in a foreign land without a guide.
It doesn’t have to be that way. Join us on Peanut. 🥜
It’s time to normalize the conversation.
Take care of yourself.
Further reading All You Need to Know About 9 DPO