If you ever wanted a lesson in patience, the TWW is a masterclass. Yep, it may feel like every calendar day lasts at least a lifetime.
So here’s the deal. We feel you. And you don’t have to navigate this journey alone. There’s a whole TTC community on Peanut.
(Oh, and if you’re like, what’s with all the acronyms and abbreviations? Yep, they can be a lot to take in. Here’s our guide to getting you through the maze.)
Right, with that in mind, let’s dive in. What’s happening at 9 DPO?
In this article 📝
- What can I expect at 9 DPO?
- Can I test at 9 DPO?
- What is the average DPO for a positive pregnancy test?
- Can you have pregnancy symptoms 9 days after ovulation?
- 9 DPO symptoms
What can I expect at 9 DPO?
9 DPO means it’s nine days since you ovulated.
Problem is, knowing when you’re ovulating is not always so easy—so here’s your ovulation cheat sheet:
If you’re counting, ovulation happens around Day 14 to Day 18 of your cycle, with Day 1 being the first day of your last period.
If you’re tracking your basal body temperature (BBT), there’s a little rise in temperature straight after ovulation.
If you’re using an ovulation predictor kit, the levels of your luteinizing hormone (LH) typically peak just before ovulation.
And then, you might experience some physical signs of ovulation.
These include vaginal discharge (clear or white in color and stretchy and/or slippery in texture), cramps in your lower abdomen (typically on the side that’s releasing the egg), and changes in mood.
Or you may experience nothing at all. Because bodies are like that.
The day after ovulation is 1 DPO.
So what happens by the time you get to 9 DPO? Can you tell if you’re pregnant by then?
Can I test at 9 DPO?
You can. But it might not be the best time. This is how most home pregnancy tests work:
- You pee on a stick (love any story that starts this way).
- If two lines appear on that stick, you get a positive result (aka a BFP—Big Fat Positive).
- If one line appears on that stick, you get a negative result (aka a BFN—Big Fat Negative).
(The funny thing is that even the digital versions that spell out the word “pregnant” or “not pregnant” [still rely on this same method[(https://www.womenshealth.gov/a-z-topics/pregnancy-tests).)
So what makes that extra line appear? It comes from the presence of a hormone called hCG, which is produced soon after implantation happens, somewhere in the five to 11 DPO window.
That means that while a 9 DPO BFP is a possibility, it may not be totally reliable.
If you take a 9 DPO pregnancy test, you might want to test again a few days later just to confirm your result.
What is the average DPO for a positive pregnancy test?
While you can get a BFP as early as 3 DPO, you may want to wait so you can lessen the risk of getting a false result.
If you’re TTC, an incorrect result can be incredibly stressful.
That’s why it’s pretty common to wait till about 14 DPO to test—but you might want to wait even longer than that.
According to the FDA, it’s best to test one to two weeks after you have missed your period.
Can you have pregnancy symptoms 9 days after ovulation?
You may start experiencing symptoms very early in your pregnancy—but this is by no means the rule. It might be another few weeks before you feel anything.
So what are pregnancy symptoms at 9dpo (if you get them, that is)? Let’s take a look.
9 DPO symptoms
At 9 DPO, the zygote (fertilized egg) may be implanting itself into the lining of your uterus.
This can cause some symptoms. Your blood volume is increasing, and there are also some spectacular hormonal changes happening.
9DPO pregnancy symptoms may include:
- 9 DPO spotting
- 9 DPO cramping
- Acid reflux
- Food cravings
- Heightened senses (which can lead to nausea and vomiting)
- Tender breasts
- Mood changes
You’ve got this. 💙
Further reading All You Need to Know About 10 DPO