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    8 DPO: Are there any pregnancy symptoms at 8 days past ovulation?

    Updated 30 November 2023 |
    Published 23 November 2018
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    Medically reviewed by Dr. Jenna Flanagan, Academic generalist obstetrician and gynecologist, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Massachusetts, US
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    At 8 DPO, you’re at an important milestone in your cycle. From potential pregnancy symptoms to hormonal changes, here’s the lowdown on 8 DPO.

    Trying for a baby can be exciting, nerve-racking, and overwhelming all at once. While it’s fun to plan for the future, waiting to find out if you’re pregnant or not every month can also be tricky to navigate. And at eight days past ovulation (DPO), your period isn’t due for another week, so you might find yourself focusing on every little twinge in the hope of spotting a pregnancy clue. 

    But is it possible to experience early signs of pregnancy at 8 DPO, or do you really have to wait for a missed period to find out for sure? 

    The truth is that while some people report symptoms at this stage, 8 DPO is generally too early to tell if you are pregnant. That said, 8 DPO is still an important milestone in your cycle. While you might not feel any different, implantation — when your fertilized egg attaches to your uterine lining — usually happens at around this time, signaling the official start of pregnancy. 

    Let’s take a closer look at what to expect at 8 DPO, plus the best time to take a pregnancy test.

    Key takeaways

    • Implantation (the fertilized egg attaching to your uterine lining) usually happens around now if you’re pregnant.  
    • You might start to notice early pregnancy signs, but you still need to wait until 14 DPO (the first day of your missed period) to take a pregnancy test for an accurate result.
    • Pregnancy tests work by detecting the hormone hCG, which your body starts to produce following implantation. But if you test too soon, you risk getting a