Taking a pregnancy test is an exciting but also stressful time for every woman. It is especially so if you have been trying to conceive for some time and have received bad news. It is normal to be anxious and hopeful to find any sign of early pregnancy after ovulation, even before the two-week wait is over.
Your body may not have produced enough hormones for the home test to detect, but you will notice small, noticeable changes in some cases. Let’s look at 10 DPO symptoms and when to test if you think you might be pregnant.
What is happening to your body at 10 DPO?
At ten days post ovulation, most of the DPO symptoms you experience are likely due to a high progesterone level during your monthly cycle. Progesterone is a reproductive hormone that regulates your menstrual cycle and prepares your body for pregnancy. Progesterone production moves to the placenta after implantation, and its primary function is to help the body maintain pregnancy.
What happens at 10 DPO? During this time, implantation may or may not have occurred. If you have a positive pregnancy, you may start experiencing the symptoms associated with being pregnant. Of course, most signs you will experience at this stage are similar to what you see before receiving your period.
High progesterone caused by pregnancy or from your menstrual cycle can result in symptoms similar to PMS, like backaches, bloating, sore breasts, fatigue, and cramps. PMS occurs when progesterone levels are high. That is why most early pregnancy symptoms and PMS are almost the same.
10 DPO Pregnancy Symptoms
Cramps at ten days post ovulation
Cramps are the 10 DPO Symptoms you may experience. It is usually confused as a sign that you may expect your period to come. 10 DPO cramps occur due to implantation. Progesterone in high levels could result in loosening the smooth muscles in the intestine, causing cramping and slowing down digestion. It is normal to experience cramps during early pregnancy as mild pressure or sharp pains in the abdominal area.
Fatigue at 10 DPO
In early pregnancy, it is common to experience fatigue. Your body works extra hard to prepare for pregnancy, and dealing with a growing womb and new hormones can be tiring. Due to changes in hormone levels and the extra energy needed for your body to support a uterus, you may feel exhausted even after getting enough sleep. Fatigue is normal during ovulation but is more exaggerated with the symptoms of 10 DPO Pregnancy.
Sore breast at 10 DPO
You will notice changes to the breast as early as 10 DPO after taking a pregnancy test and confirming you are pregnant. During this time, there is a rise in hormone levels, fluid retention and blood flow. Your breast will react to these changes and may feel swollen, tender, or heavy. Your nipples will also become sensitive and change in colour and size. The changes in your breasts will keep occurring in different ways throughout your pregnancy in preparation for milk production for the baby. It is normal to experience some pain during the peak of the first trimester, but your breast will adjust as the pregnancy progresses to prepare your body to breastfeed your baby.
Bloating at 10 DPO
Early pregnancy causes an increase in progesterone which can create chaos in your digestive system. The hormones can slow down the digestive system and relax the smooth muscle tissues causing a bloated feeling. The sensation is caused by constipation, increased water retention, and trapped gas in the intestine, causing discomfort. Fortunately, after delivery, the discomfort goes away.
Backaches at 10 DPO
After taking a pregnancy test to confirm that you are pregnant, it is common to experience backaches. They result from hormonal and physical changes you go through while Pregnant. However, at 10 DPO, it is improbable for backaches to cause noticeable body changes. The most likely cause at this stage is progesterone. Hormones relaxin and progesterone help your body prepare for pregnancy and birth by loosening the joints and ligaments, especially in the pelvic area.
Increasing progesterone levels can affect the ligaments and supporting discs on your back. The loosened ligaments and joints cause backaches, pain, and discomfort. Your centre of gravity keeps changing as your body changes. Weight gain also increases, putting a strain on your back, causing an exaggerated posture to cope with the change.
Can you test for pregnancy at 10 DPO?
You can do a pregnancy test at any time. However, 10 DPO is still very early to detect a positive pregnancy. According to research, implantation occurs between 8 to 10 DPO in most women (84%) but can happen between 6 to 12 days after ovulation. Taking a test at 10 DPO expecting a positive result is unrealistic. Surprisingly, you may get a 10 DPO BFN (big fat negative on a pregnancy test).
Knowing how to read a pregnancy test and what to look for is good, especially if you want to do testing early. At this stage, it is too early to consider your results reliable. It is best to wait until the date you expect your next period to get more reliable results. During this time, your body will produce enough hCG that home tests can detect.
10 DPO and a negative pregnancy test (BFN)
Taking a pregnancy test at 10 DPO is very early, but it doesn’t mean it will return negative even with no Symptoms. The hormone hCG found in urine can take up to two days to be detected by home tests. You may be pregnant at 10 DPO, but your body may fail to produce enough hCG for home tests to detect. Wait until you miss your next period because taking a test too early is the most common cause of a false-negative result.
Tracking your cycle is another option for knowing the right time to test because Ovulation days vary from cycle to cycle and from one woman to another. In addition, testing too early can lead to confusing results because faint lines can be hard to interpret. A big fat negative (BFN) at 10 DPO means you should do another test after your period or in a couple of days for more accurate results.
10 DPO and positive pregnancy test (BFP)
After two weeks, taking a pregnancy test provides the most accurate results, but there is still a likelihood of getting a BFP at 10 DPO. If your body produces enough hCG, you may get a positive result because, at this point, implantation most likely has already occurred.
HCG baselines and doubling patterns may occur every 48 hours after implantation. However, keep in mind that it varies from woman to woman and can impact the timing and results of the test. Knowing when you ovulate is a great benefit because you can track your precise hormone levels. It is also the right time to test for a BFP if you’re trying to conceive.
Waiting two weeks if you’ve been trying to conceive to take a test can feel like an eternity. The above signs may not necessarily imply that you’re pregnant, but experiencing these symptoms at 10 DPO is a sign you need to test. The results could be inconsistent because test sensitivity varies from woman to woman. Knowing when you ovulate and your cycle will help you understand the right timing to get a positive pregnancy test.
Conclusion of when to take a pregnancy test
Oestrogen and testosterone levels rise during ovulation, and the cervical mucus becomes watery, thick, and stretchy. Ovulation occurs around the 14th day of your cycle. The ovary releases an egg that travels along the fallopian tube and goes to the uterus. When the egg meets a viable sperm, fertilisation occurs, and it can happen in only 12 to 24 hours.
You may experience a lot of 10 DPO Symptoms days after you ovulate. However, doing a test is the only sure way to determine if you are pregnant. Every woman is different. Some may experience all the symptoms mentioned above, while others may experience a few or none.
Evan is the founder of Fertility2Family and is passionate about fertility education & providing affordable products to help people in their fertility journey. Evan is a qualified enrolled nurse and has expertise in guiding & managing patients through their fertility journeys.