10 DPO: Symptoms and Likelihood of BFP
Medically reviewed by Janine Kelbach, BSN, RNC-OB on March 2, 2020
- You can test negative at 10 DPO and still be pregnant
- For more accurate results, wait until at least 12 DPO to take a pregnancy test
- 10 DPO is usually too early to experience any pregnancy symptoms
You’re 10 DPO (days past ovulation), and you think you might be pregnant. What symptoms should you be experiencing, and is it too soon to take a pregnancy test?
Can I take a pregnancy test at 10 DPO?
We recommend waiting until 12 DPO to take a pregnancy test. By 12 DPO, if you are truly pregnant, you are likely to get a BFP (which stands for “big fat positive” AKA a positive pregnancy test).
When you test earlier than 12 DPO, there is a higher chance of getting a false negative pregnancy test—that is, a negative test even though you are indeed pregnant.
The reason why has to do with when implantation occurs: According to a 1999 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, 84% of women experienced implantation between 8 – 10 DPO with the most common day being 9 DPO.
Is 10 DPO too early to test?
10 DPO is definitely on the early side, since you may get a negative test at 10 DPO and go on to get a positive test a day or two later.
But it’s not unrealistic to get a positive test at 10DPO. So if you think the benefits of a potential positive outweigh the downsides of a potential negative, go ahead and test! (Keep in mind if you do test positive, it is likely to be a faint positive)
Can you get a negative pregnancy test at 10 DPO and still be pregnant?
Yes. It’s not uncommon to get a negative pregnancy test at 10 DPO and still be pregnant. In an analysis of over 93,000 menstrual cycles, the fertility tracking app Fertility Friend found that only 10% of pregnancy charts showed a positive at 10 DPO.
How long after implantation does hCG rise?
Immediately after implantation, hCG levels begin to increase. But since they start out so low, it can take some time before there is enough hCG to be detectable in your blood or urine.
How long does it take for hCG to show up in urine?
It can take up to two days, according to data from a 2008 study published in Human Reproduction.
Since implantation usually occurs between 8 – 10 DPO, that means that most women should be able to get a positive pregnancy test between 10 – 12 DPO.
You’ve probably heard of some women getting positive pregnancy tests earlier than this. There are two possible explanations why:
- They’re miscalculating when they ovulated. This is most likely the case for anyone who claims to get a positive test at 7 DPO or earlier.
- It can take up to two days for hCG to build up to detectable levels, but it can happen sooner for some women. This could explain positive pregnancy tests as early as 8 – 10 DPO.
What symptoms are common at 10 DPO?
The majority of women experience no unusual symptoms at 10 DPO—it’s just too early. In fact, most early signs of pregnancy don’t appear until 5 – 6 weeks of gestation, or 21 – 28 DPO.
At 10 DPO, there is usually no difference in symptoms between someone who is pregnant and someone who is about to get her period. That’s because the hormone progesterone is high in both situations.
High progesterone levels can cause symptoms such as:
- Cramps (How to tell if they’re implantation cramps)
- Sore breasts
- Nausea (Morning sickness usually starts later in pregnancy)
All of these symptoms can occur with or without pregnancy. If you are not pregnant, progesterone levels start to fall a few days before your period arrives. If you are pregnant, progesterone levels continue climbing well after your missed period.
10 DPO pregnancy test gallery
In January 2020, we collected images of positive pregnancy tests from the Ava Bracelet communities. The following positive tests are all from 10 DPO.
P.A. Nepomnaschy, C.R. Weinberg, A.J. Wilcox, D.D. Baird, Urinary hCG patterns during the week following implantation, Human Reproduction, Volume 23, Issue 2, February 2008, Pages 271–277, https://doi.org/10.1093/humrep/dem397