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    10 DPO: Are there any pregnancy symptoms at 10 days past ovulation?

    Updated 08 December 2023 |
    Published 13 February 2019
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    Dr. Jenna Flanagan
    Medically reviewed by Dr. Jenna Flanagan, Academic generalist obstetrician and gynecologist, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Massachusetts, US
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    Are you wondering when you can take a pregnancy test? Here’s the lowdown on 10 DPO.

    If you’re trying to conceive, you might have heard the advice that it’s best to wait until the first day of your missed period before you take a pregnancy test. However, that can feel easier said than done. The two-week wait between when you ovulate and the first day of your next period can feel like an eternity. So, can you take a pregnancy test at 10 DPO and still get an accurate result? 

    Here’s what’s happening with your body at 10 DPO and why it’s so important to wait to take a test. 

    Key takeaways

    • 10 DPO is still a little bit early to notice some of the early signs of pregnancy because implantation (when your fertilized egg implants into the lining of your uterus) may only just have happened. This doesn’t necessarily mean you won’t get a positive pregnancy test this cycle, though.  
    • You still need to wait until 14 DPO or the first day of your missed period to take a pregnancy test. This is the best time to do a test as pregnancy tests work by detecting the hormone hCG, which your body starts to produce following implantation. Your hCG levels start low at the start of your pregnancy but rise rapidly. This means by the first day of your missed period, you may have high enough levels to get an accurate pregnancy test result. 
    • If you test too soon, you risk getting a false negative, as your hCG levels may not be high enough to register on a home test.

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