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Pregnancy Test at 18 Days Post Ovulation (18 DPO)

By MomMed | 17 November 2022 | 0 Comments



Introduction:

18 days post ovulation means the expected date of periods was 4 days ago. If you did not get your period, you might be pregnant. It is a good time to take a home pregnancy test if you have not already taken one.

Every woman has her journey but the one thing that is common in this period is nerves. Whether you are waiting for your period to still show up before taking a test or you have already taken one and are now dealing with the emotions that come with it, you have got this. Let’s explore everything you need to know about the 18th day after ovulation.

 

Tests That Can Be Done At 18 DPO:

If your periods are late for four days and you had unprotected sex in the last 20 days, it is better to take a pregnancy test. The following tests can be taken at 18 DPO.
 

home pregnancy test

Blood test

Urine Test

 

Home Pregnancy Test:

Instead of going for a blood test or giving out a urine sample to a lab, take a home pregnancy test. It has an accuracy of up to 99%. Accuracy and are easily accessible and inexpensive. All you have to do is to buy a test from a big store and read the instructions carefully.
 

Tests that require urine sample collection:

Some tests give a sample cup and a dipstick. You have to collect your urine in the sample cup and then dip the stick in the cup for 10-30 seconds. Put the stick on a dry horizontal surface and wait for the lines to appear. Read the results according to the instructions on the box.

Tests that do not require urine sample collection:

Some home pregnancy tests have a stick that you can directly pee on. They are the simplest and most convenient. All you have to do is to pee on the indicated area of the stick and wait for the results to show up.
 

Things To Be Careful About:

If you are taking a pregnancy test, it is always better to use the first urine of the day i-e immediately after waking up. This urine has the highest concentration of hCG which is detected by the pregnancy test.

Whether you are collecting a urine sample or peeing on the stick directly, make sure that the urine you use is midstream i-e discard the urine from the beginning and the end of the stream. If you are not using the first urine of the day, take the test after keeping the urine in for at least 4 hours.

 

Negative Results Of Home Pregnancy Test:

If at 18 DPO your pregnancy test is positive, it most certainly means that you are pregnant. But if the test is still negative, you might just have a late period.
 
Everyone’s body is different. You know better about your cycle. If you have a 28-day cycle and you are rarely late then it is time for you to see the doctor. But if you generally have a longer cycle i-e of 31-32 days, wait a couple of days before visiting a physician.

 

Pregnancy Symptoms at 18 DPO:

The hormonal changes occurring in the body due to implantation cause various symptoms that sometimes appear like normal menstruation symptoms. These symptoms include the following.

Cramps:

The cramps are similar to the ones that occur in periods. The changes in the uterus cause cramps. Hence, you will feel spasms in your lower abdomen. But, cramps are not an exclusive indicator of pregnancy. It might mean you are getting a late period if you have not taken a pregnancy test.

Bleeding and Spotting:

The implantation bleeding occurs anywhere after 14 DPO. it might coincide with the normal menstruation dates and confuse you about the pregnancy test results. But the implantation bleeding is light and lasts only a couple of days.

Nausea/ Morning Sickness:

Morning sickness is a renowned symptom of pregnancy. The hCG levels in the body double every 48 hours. The surge of hCG causes nausea. Although the name is morning sickness, it can happen at any time during the day. Nausea is one of the strong indicative signs of pregnancy.

Vaginal Discharge:

A whitish vaginal discharge is also present at 18 DPO. the implantation causes changes in the vaginal walls resulting in discharge. It is not unusual and needs no medical attention. But, if the discharge is foul-smelling and itchy, consult the physician.

Cravings:

The hormonal changes also affect your liking and disliking of certain foods. You might start craving things that you did not like before. Some of your favorite foods might start making you feel nauseous. It is all normal. There are no known scientific reasons behind these cravings.
 
The theory suggests that the cravings indicate the nutritional insufficiency of the mother.
The nutritional requirements of a body change during pregnancy. More vitamins and minerals are required and hence, the hormones achieve this by making the brain crave certain foods.

You might also start feeling aversion to different certain food smells. The good news is that it does not last for 9 months. It is better to track the cravings and other symptoms during your pregnancy.
 

Sum Up!

If you get a positive at 18 DPO, congratulations. But if you are still negative, and pregnancy symptoms are there, wait for a couple of days and take a test again. If you are neither getting a positive test, nor your periods, it is time to go to the doctor’s clinic and get professional advice.

18 DPO is the time when early pregnancy symptoms start showing strong indications like nausea and morning sickness. It’s the time when you know for sure that a new life is breathing inside you!

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