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10 DPO Symptoms: The Earliest Indicators of Pregnancy

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If you are planning your conception journey, chances are, you are on a keen lookout for 10 DPO symptoms

10 DPO refers to the period ten days after ovulation has occurred. The egg has traveled down the fallopian tube and is potentially fertilized. 

Could you be pregnant?

A pregnancy test is the only accurate way to know if you are pregnant for sure. The ideal time to take a test is a week after your missed period.

But by 10 DPO, you might catch some early signs of pregnancy.

The time from ovulation to the first missed period can last up to 12-14 days. Between  this period changes have already begun in your body as it prepares itself for the next 9 months of pregnancy and bringing new life into the world.

Though this is a good time to begin tracking the signs of pregnancy,  the changes may not be too obvious. 

While some women may not experience symptoms at all, others might mistake whatever little they face for premenstrual symptoms.  

Why is 10 DPO important?

At the time of ovulation, your ovaries release an egg that remains viable for 12 to 24 hours.

If fertilization occurs, the egg travels to the uterus for implantation. This entire process takes about 6-12 days. 

Hence 10 DPO is an important milestone in the very early stages of your pregnancy.

10 DPO is a significant checkpoint because, if you are pregnant, the first signs begin appearing around this time and you might want to make notes.  

Cause of 10 DPO

10 DPO is when these hormonal variations inside your body begin to manifest as physical symptoms. A rise in progesterone levels causes most of these. 

Progesterone is secreted after an egg is released from the ovary. Even if you do not get pregnant, progesterone levels run high from the time of ovulation. 

This hormone is vital in the early stages of pregnancy. It helps to prepare the uterine lining and facilitates implantation of the egg. 

It also slows down digestion and alters the ligaments in the back. These result in the symptoms that come around 10 DPO.

Around this time, your body also secretes a substance called human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). This hormone facilitates the maternal recognition of pregnancy and can also be detected on pregnancy tests. 

Remember, the symptoms associated with 10 DPO are a guideline, not a guarantee.

Symptoms of 10 DPO

Most 10 DPO symptoms are linked to the effects of progesterone (“the pregnancy hormone”) on the body. While this hormone is essential to nurture the newly implanted embryo, it might leave you feeling a little run down.

Imagine how you feel while you are expecting a period, during premenstrual syndrome (PMS). And then imagine an exaggerated version of that. That is what 10 DPO symptoms feel like.

You might begin noticing the following changes: 

10 DPO Symptoms
  • Fatigue: 
    If you feel a sudden dip in your energy levels, it can be attributed to  increased levels of progesterone. Your body is working continuously to support a growing fetus by making a lot of changes which results in 10 DPO fatigue.
    Add to that the anxiety of waiting for a confirmed pregnancy. No wonder you are exhausted!
    The best way to overcome this, is to give your body the rest it deserves and grab that extra shut-eye.

  • Cramps and abdominal discomfort:
    10 DPO cramps are one of the most common symptoms associated with hormonal fluctuations. These are usually mild and you can find relief with light exercise, a warm bath, or a good night’s rest.

  • Tummy trouble: 
    Nausea and vomiting at 10 DPO are usual symptoms of early pregnancy. As your digestion slows down, you might experience bloating and constipation as well. This makes you more likely to skip meals.
    Dietary changes like avoiding heavy foods and increasing your fiber intake can help. In contrast, some women experience food cravings and increased appetite.

  • Breast tenderness:
    The feeling of heavy, sore breasts is extremely uncomfortable but common around the time of early pregnancy. 10 DPO breast tenderness or swelling is caused by increased blood flow to the breasts. It can result in changes to the nipple as well.

  • Aches and pains: 
    The two most common symptoms are headache and backache at 10 DPO. They are part of the process of your body preparing for the impending changes and are caused due to an increased volume of blood production.

  • Increased urination:
    Do you find yourself visiting the bathroom more often? Increased blood flow to the kidney might result in frequent urination.

  • Mood swings:
    Fluctuations in your mood are common after 5 days of ovulation. But they should reduce the closer you get to your period. If they persist or you feel extra emotional, pregnancy might be in store.

  • Implantation bleeding: At the time of 10 DPO implantation bleeding that comes out as spotting is common. So don’t worry if you spot a little blood in your underwear or toilet paper. 10 DPO spotting is quite faint and often resolves in a day or two.

Learn More: Implantation bleeding Vs Periods | What Does Implantation Bleeding Look Like?

Implantation bleeding

10 DPO No Symptoms?

As mentioned previously, it may so happen that you will not see any symptoms of pregnancy even at 10 DPO.

Since no two bodies are the same, it is possible that yours is working on a schedule that will show pregnancy signs a little later. 

Watch out for the PMS-like symptoms at 10 DPO – headache, nausea, cramps, fatigue, breast tenderness, etc. 

If you find that your 10 DPO symptoms have disappeared, it may indicate you are not pregnant since these symptoms are also consistent with pregnancy. 

In this situation, you can avoid taking a pregnancy test and try to conceive again! 

Which symptoms appear even when you’re not pregnant?

  • Breast pain and tenderness
  • Mood swings
  • Constipation
  • Body ache or tiredness
  • Bloating
  • Increased frequency of urination

The symptoms you usually experience around your period and the symptoms of pregnancy are very similar – which might make it a bit difficult for you to differentiate between them. 

Even so, the best person to assess the difference between the two is YOU. If the symptoms seem more pronounced than your usual cycles, you can take them as a sign of your body taking the first steps towards pregnancy. 

You can also consult your OBGYN or health practitioner if you need a clearer picture of your individual condition. .

Does this mean I can use a pregnancy test at 10 DPO?

Now that you know the symptoms, how do you ascertain that you are pregnant?

Pregnancy testing has come a long way over the last century. Researchers had to rely on urine injected into rats, frogs, and rabbits and the wait could last for days.

The use of modern pregnancy tests guarantees instant results. But these are not completely accurate. One of the most common mistakes resulting in a negative result is testing too early.

Pregnancy tests rely on the detection of a hormone called hCG. This hormone is released into the blood after implantation.

It is crucial to remember that hCG levels take a few days to build to detectable levels. At 10 DPO, the levels are still gradually on the rise. This is why at this stage pregnancy tests may be negative despite a successful pregnancy. Waiting until the day of your next period is your best bet when it comes to testing.

10 DPO and Negative Pregnancy Test

Negative Pregnancy Test

When taking a pregnancy test at 10 DPO, it is very possible to get a BFN (big fat negative). This is because the ideal time to take a pregnancy test for a true result is after your missed period. The wait period will be longer for longer menstrual cycles. 

Since hCG is an early indicator of pregnancy, you have to watch out for it. High levels of hCG are secreted in the days following fertilization, yes, but the hormone may not show up on a test at 10 DPO. 

After 10 DPO BFN, when should I test again?

Don’t lose heart after seeing a 10 DPO negative test. It is advisable to take the test again 4-5 days later or more precisely, when the date of your next period has passed. This would be around 12-14 DPO for regular cycles. 

10 DPO and Positive Pregnancy Test


Yes, it is well possible to score a BFP (big fat positive) upon testing for pregnancy at 10 DPO. 

In women who are pregnant, a 10 DPO positive test can be ascertained through the presence of hCG levels in the urine or blood samples. 

10 DPO symptoms leading to BFP are, again, similar to what you experience during PMS. You can expect a period of body aches, nausea, breast changes, digestive changes, cramps, and so on. 

However, be aware that 10 DPO is fairly early to typically get a BFP since the process of implantation may still be underway. You have to be open to the chances of a false negative result as well. 

Be observant to the 10 DPO symptoms ending in BFP, as mentioned above, but take them with a pinch of salt. You have a better chance of knowing that you are pregnant when you test around 12-14 DPO. 

Key points:

  • 10 DPO is when your body is most likely to exhibit the first signs of pregnancy.
  • Common 10 DPO symptoms include fatigue, abdominal cramps, morning sickness, digestive issues, body aches, and breast tenderness.
  • The signs are subtle and can be missed. This does not warrant any worry.
  • In most cases, 10 DPO is too early to test for pregnancy. Tests during this period are unreliable.
  • Your anxiety levels may be soaring, but waiting for a few days is advisable.

The Bottomline:

10 DPO symptoms are not set in stone. You might not get any signs but a test around your period might be positive anyway. Conversely, you might feel symptoms but it might just be an exaggerated PMS. Effects of hormones on the body are variable. Relying on tests performed at the right time is probably your best bet.

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