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9 DPO Symptoms: When to test for early pregnancy

You must wait two weeks post-ovulation to get reliable results when testing for early pregnancy. This waiting period can feel too long if you have been trying to conceive for some time. Pregnancy symptoms experienced nine days post ovulation (9 DPO) can be mild, and many women do not notice them.

While every woman experiences menstruation and pregnancy differently, the body and hormones will shift at 9 DPO either because of the upcoming menstrual cycle or pregnancy.

You may expect some physical signs or symptoms during this time, and being able to recognise them will help you make informed decisions. This blog aims to share the primary 9 DPO symptoms and what they mean to help you understand when to test for early pregnancy.

9 DPO Symptoms
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What happens to the body 9 DPO?

Generally, at 9 DPO, your body will be in the luteal phase, and either of the following things can happen:

  • The body will start releasing progesterone, signalling it’s time for the uterine lining to create an egg-friendly environment. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that fertilisation will take place.
  • If an egg successfully embeds itself in the uterine lining, this is known as implantation. This process encourages the production of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). Progesterone levels will also increase to protect the pregnancy. Most of the home early pregnancy tests measure the hormone hCG because its production takes several days after implantation.
  • If the egg has not been fertilised, the corpus luteum, which synthesises progesterone, will shrink, causing hormone levels to drop. The reduced hormone levels will signal that the uterine lining is unnecessary, triggering menstruation.
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9 DPO symptoms: what to expect

Now that you understand what is happening to the body during this cycle phase, it’s time to examine the symptoms to know if you are expecting. As hormone levels change, many women experience common early pregnancy signs like cramping, nausea, breast changes, and fatigue.

All the changes experienced at this stage are similar to what you may go through before getting your period. This is because, at 9 DPO, progesterone is high, the hormone responsible for regulating the menstrual cycle and preparing the body for the foetus.

Once implantation occurs, progesterone production will partly switch to forming the placenta, and its main job will be to support the body in maintaining pregnancy. You’ll likely experience PMS signs like sore breasts, backache, fatigue, cramps, and bloating. Most of these symptoms are similar to what you would experience during PMS, occurring whenever progesterone levels are high.

9 DPO: Unusual fatigue

The body requires a lot of energy to make a baby and build systems that successfully support and nurture a pregnancy. So even if you get enough rest every day, you might still feel exhausted due to the rising hormone levels and extra energy used to support the foetus’ growth. Another aspect contributing to fatigue is the changes in blood vessels that carry oxygen to the brain and the energy required to build the placenta.

While it’s normal to experience fatigue around the time when you are ovulating, things can get more exaggerated if you are pregnant. You may notice unusual levels of exhaustion or sleepiness as early as one week after you conceive.

9 DPO: Nausea

Nausea is also known as morning sickness and occurs early in pregnancy. Despite the name, morning sickness can occur at any time of the day, particularly during the first trimester.

The actual cause of nausea is unknown, but hormonal changes may be responsible.

9 DPO: Cramping

The cramping nine days after ovulation can feel like cramps associated with PMS, which is normal during pregnancy. Many women experience cramping during implantation, but others do not feel anything.

The high progesterone levels heavily influence the symptoms at 9 DPO, so it’s common to notice indigestion changes at this point. Progesterone also helps relax smooth muscles, such as the uterus walls, and can sometimes have a knock-on effect on your digestion.

When smooth muscles throughout your body are relaxed, including those in the digestive tract, digestion will slow down, increasing the risk of cramping or constipation. The uterus also grows rapidly at this time and can bring on cramps or constantly uncomfortable pains. This pain can range from mild pressure to excruciating.

9 DPO: Breast changes

Due to rising hormone levels, fluid retention, and increased blood flow during early pregnancy, changes in the size, shape, and weight of the breasts are common. For instance, you might feel tender, heavy, or swollen around the breast area. The nipples can also change in colour, sensitivity, and size.

If you are pregnant, your breasts will change throughout the pregnancy in preparation for feeding your baby. They will grow, and the veins might become larger and more visible.

It’s common to feel tenderness or general aches in the area, particularly during the first trimester. The symptoms can dissipate as the body adjusts to the hormone influx.

9 DPO: Spotting

Spotting or slight bleeding is expected during the early days of pregnancy. Up to 30% of women experience this, although the blood is usually lighter in colour than the menstrual bleed.

Slight bleeding occurs during implantation as the fertilised egg reaches the uterine lining. Sometimes, spotting may indicate a problem like an early miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy. Although spotting is quite normal at 9 DPO, it is advisable to see a doctor if you are concerned.

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What if you lack symptoms nine days after ovulation?

Since most early pregnancy symptoms tend to be mild or confused with premenstrual symptoms, you shouldn’t be concerned if you do not have 9 DPO symptoms. Pregnant women do not experience early pregnancy signs until two weeks after missing their periods.

Doing a 9 DPO pregnancy test can easily result in a negative test, but this does not mean you cannot get a positive result a few days later. So if you do not have symptoms nine days after ovulation, it doesn’t mean that you are not pregnant. Consider waiting long before you do a pregnancy test, and remember that every woman experiences pregnancy differently.

When is the best time to test?

Waiting to take a test can feel like an eternity if you’re trying to conceive. But since hormone levels determine pregnancy test results, it is crucial to time the test properly to get reliable results. At 9 DPO, you will likely get a negative result even if you are expectant. The hormones that register on the HCG test kit are not produced yet.

What does getting big fat positive (BFP) at 9 DPO mean?

You can easily get a 9 DPO BFP when implantation occurs, and the body produces enough human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) to register on the test. However, a BFP 9 days after ovulation can indicate an ectopic pregnancy if either of the two lines is pale. Ectopic pregnancies are extremely rare and are normally accompanied by additional symptoms like severe pain around the pelvic area. Consider taking a pregnancy test if you experience early signs of pregnancy before the two-week wait period lapses.

Is it possible to get a big fat negative (BFN) and still be pregnant nine days past ovulation?

Getting a negative test result at 9 DPO doesn’t necessarily mean you are not pregnant. The results simply indicate that it’s too early to take the test, and the hormones haven’t risen high enough to be detected by the kit. It is better to wait three more days before doing another test if you got a negative at 9 DPO.

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Evan Kurzyp

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 Registered Nurse and has expertise in guiding & managing patients through their fertility journeys.

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