Disclosure: This article may contain affiliate links, this means at no cost to you, we may earn a small commission if you purchase a product through them.
Here you are, 4 DPO otherwise known as 4 days post ovulation.
Let’s face it, as women, our bodies can do incredible things and it can be easy to start symptom spotting at 4 days past ovulation especially when you are trying to conceive but, at 4 DPO, is it actually possible to have pregnancy symptoms so early on?
When you are trying to conceive it can be difficult to spot the difference between early pregnancy symptoms and PMT since they are very similar.
4 DPO – Pregnancy Symptoms?
Let us be completely honest here, 4 DPO is a little early to have pregnancy symptoms, although we cannot say that pregnancy symptoms are impossible at this stage, they are of course, less likely, at 4 DPO. At 4 DPO, your egg has usually only just been fertilized and is usually on its travels down your fallopian tubes and on its ways to implantation. Most women don’t experience any pregnancy symptoms at this time- and that’s because, well, you’re not really technically pregnant yet.
It is only usually at implantation that pregnancy symptoms would begin. Taking a pregnancy test at 4 DPO would not usually confirm a pregnancy.
Would I get a BFP at 4 DPO?
At 4DPO, it is extremely unlikely that you will get a BFP- or big fat positive- pregnancy test result. Your egg, which, at 4 DPO, has usually only just been fertilized would not yet have implanted onto your uterine lining. It is after implanation that, the pregnancy hormone, hCG, otherwise known as human chorionic gonadotropin would be released. Your levels of hCG hormone have to be high enough to get a positive pregnancy test result- and your hCG levels usually aren’t high enough until between 9-11 DPO, but most experts recommend taking a test at 14 DPO. If you would like to take a pregnancy test, between 9-11 DPO, Clearblue Ultra Early pregnancy tests are great for detecting early pregnancies (from 6 days).
Does Implantation Occur at 4 DPO?
The answer is: it is extremely (emphasis on “extremely”) unlikely. The time frame from ovulation to implantation is typically 6-12 days, or about day 25 of your cycle so 4 DPO is very early. At 4 DPO, the egg is probably still travelling down to your uterine cavity, but there is a slim chance that it could’ve already reached the uterine cavity and implant soon.
You may want to consult your doctor if you are bleeding/spotting at 4 DPO, since it is most likely not due to implantation.
What is Implantation?
Implantation is when the fertilized egg attaches (and implants) to the uterus lining during during very early pregnancy. It is after the implantation stage that your body starts producing the pregnancy hormone, human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), that produces positive pregnancy test results.
What are the signs of Implantation?
- Implantation bleeding
- Implantation cramping
- Tender breasts
- Mood swings
- Head aches
- Implantation Dip
Whilst these symptoms are signs of pregnancy/ implantation, it is important to note that many of these symptoms are also signs of your period.
To learn more about the symptoms of implantation, read our article: Implantation Symptoms you NEED to Know | Am I pregnant?
At 4 DPO, it is incredibly difficult to tell whether or not you are pregnant. Most women don’t experience any signs or symptoms (or even a single sign) of pregnancy at this stage. We know the wait can feel like an eternity, especially when you have been trying to conceive for a while, but it is best to wait until at least 9-11 days past ovulation to take a pregnancy test, or 14 days past ovulation if you’d liek to be sure of your pregnancy test result.
For tips to boost fertility, visit https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/16-fertility-tips-to-get-pregnant
Hi, I’m Louise- mum of one to a little boy called Mason.
I am the Digital Marketing and Admin Assistant for MyBump2Baby.
I enjoy working to provide excellent service to MyBump2Baby’s growing families.
Nice to meet you!