At seven days past ovulation (or 7 DPO), you’re about one week away from your period — and if you’re trying to conceive, you might be ticking down the days until you can take a pregnancy test. This can be quite an emotional time, and it’s totally normal if you’re aware of every new feeling, ache, or potential symptom. But is 7 DPO too early to know if you’re pregnant?
Due to changes in your hormones that happen just before your period begins and just after you become pregnant, it can be hard to spot the differences between premenstrual symptoms and early pregnancy. So, here’s the lowdown on 7 DPO, including what’s going on in your body and when you can take a pregnancy test.
- At 7 DPO, it’s still generally too early to experience early pregnancy symptoms, as implantation (when the egg implants into the lining of your uterus) may have only just happened. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you won’t become pregnant this cycle.
- It’s recommended that you wait until after the first day of a missed period before you take a pregnancy test.
- Pregnancy tests work by detecting the pregnancy hormone hCG in your pee, which your body starts to produce following implantation. Your hCG levels rise during the first few weeks of pregnancy, making it easier to detect with a test.