17 DPO and No Period: Navigating Pregnancy Symptoms, Negative Tests, and the Wait for a Positive

Are you 17 days past ovulation (17 DPO) and anxiously awaiting a positive pregnancy test result? You’re not alone.

This article dives into the intricacies of ovulation, possible pregnancy symptoms, and what to expect when you’re 17 DPO with a negative test or 2 days late for your period.

Whether you’re trying for a baby or simply curious, this article is packed with valuable insights for those navigating the uncertainty of trying to conceive.

What Does 17 DPO Mean?

Seventeen days past ovulation (17 DPO) is a crucial stage for women who are trying to conceive.

In a typical 28-day menstrual cycle, ovulation occurs around the 14th day, making 17 DPO just three days past when you would expect your period.

At this point, many women begin experiencing early pregnancy symptoms, become anxious about a missed period, or even experience spotting.

Should I Take a Pregnancy Test at 17 DPO?

Taking a pregnancy test at 17 DPO is generally considered to be a good time to test for pregnancy when you are trying to get pregnant.

By now, the hormone Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG), which is the hormone pregnancy tests detect, should have reached detectable levels in your body after the implant.

You’re also a day late for your period ( af – aunt flo ), making it more likely that a test today would give a positive result if you are indeed pregnant.

You can opt for a home pregnancy test or go for a blood test for more accurate results.

Why Do I Get a Negative Test at 17 DPO?

So, you took a pregnancy test this morning, and it’s a big fat negative (BFN). A negative test at 17DPO can happen for various reasons.

The most common reason is that hCG levels might not have reached detectable levels yet.

Alternatively, you could be experiencing late implantation or have an irregular menstrual cycle, meaning your period hasn’t arrived yet but you’re not pregnant or there has been an error i your ovulation calculator and you are not 17DPO !

Don’t lose hope; you still have a chance.

Could I Still Be Pregnant If the Test Is Still Negative?

Yes, there is a chance of a false negative at 17 DPO. The accuracy of a pregnancy test is largely dependent on the hCG levels in your body. In some cases,

hCG levels don’t rise quickly enough to be detected by 17 days past ovulation. Additionally, you might have ovulated later than you thought, throwing off your calculations.

In such scenarios, repeat the test in a couple of days.


What Are the Symptoms of Pregnancy at 17 Days past Ovulation?

At 17 DPO, you might be experiencing symptoms like mild cramps, spotting, or other early pregnancy symptoms.

If you’re 2 days late for your period and displaying symptoms of pregnancy, there’s a good chance you might be pregnant.

However, symptoms at 17 DPO can also mimic premenstrual symptoms, making it difficult to distinguish between the two.

How Accurate Are 17DPO HCG Levels in a Blood Test?

A blood test done at 17 DPO can provide more accurate information about hCG levels than a home pregnancy test.

It can detect lower levels of the hormone, providing a more reliable result. If your blood test comes back negative, however, it’s less likely that you’re pregnant.

Always consult with your healthcare provider for the most accurate and personalized advice.

Is Spotting Normal at 17 DPO?

Spotting at 17 DPO could be a sign of implantation bleeding, but it’s not definitive proof of pregnancy. Some women also spot due to hormonal changes or stress.

If you experience spotting along with other symptoms of pregnancy, it’s best to consult a healthcare provider for further evaluation.

Can I Trust HCG Levels Days After Ovulation?

HCG levels can vary widely among women and even from one pregnancy to another.

While they generally double every 48-72 hours in the early stages of pregnancy, some women have lower levels and still go on to have a healthy pregnancy.

Tracking hCG levels days after ovulation can provide useful information but should not be the sole indicator of pregnancy.

Here’s a table that summarizes what you might expect from home pregnancy tests at various days past ovulation (DPO) when trying to conceive. Note that these are general guidelines and individual experiences may vary.

Days Past Ovulation (DPO) Typical hCG Levels Home Pregnancy Test Likelihood Comments
7-9 DPO Very Low Unlikely to show positive hCG levels are usually too low for detection.
10 DPO Low Possible faint line Some very sensitive tests might show a faint line.
11-12 DPO Low-Medium More likely to show positive Chance of false negatives decreases.
13-14 DPO Medium-High Very likely to show positive Most tests are likely to give an accurate result by this time.
15 DPO High Almost certainly positive if pregnant hCG levels are generally high enough for accurate detection.
17 DPO High Highly accurate If test is negative, consider retesting or consult a healthcare provider.
20 DPO and beyond Very High Highly accurate If test is negative and period hasn’t started, consult a healthcare provider.

Key Terms:

  • hCG Levels: Amount of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) hormone in the body.
  • Home Pregnancy Test Likelihood: Likelihood of receiving a positive result on a home pregnancy test.

Remember that several factors can influence the accuracy of a home pregnancy test, including the test’s sensitivity, the time of day, and even the concentration of your urine. Always refer to your healthcare provider for the most reliable results.

What Does BFN and BFP Stand For?

In the world of trying to conceive, BFN stands for “Big Fat Negative,” and BFP stands for “Big Fat Positive.” These abbreviations are often used to describe pregnancy test results.

Getting a BFN at 17 DPO is not the end of the road; you may still get a BFP. Do another pregnancy test when your period is  4 days late .

What Are the Next Steps If You’re Still Negative at 17 DPO?

If you’re still keep getting BFN results at 17 DPO and your period hasn’t started, you may want to wait a few days and take another test.

Stress and other factors can delay ovulation and, consequently, your period. If you’re still negative and worried, consult your healthcare provider for further advice and possible blood tests.


  • 17 DPO is a significant time when trying for a baby, as it’s a good time to take a pregnancy test.
  • A negative test at 17 DPO isn’t conclusive; you might still be pregnant.
  • Symptoms at 17 DPO can mimic both pregnancy and premenstrual symptoms.
  • Blood tests can provide more accurate hCG levels.
  • If you’re still negative at 17 DPO, consult your healthcare provider for further advice.

Navigating the journey of trying to conceive can be filled with ups and downs, but understanding what to expect at 17 DPO can provide some clarity in this emotional rollercoaster.

Whether you end up celebrating a BFP or navigating through a BFN, know that you’re not alone.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1: What does 17 DPO mean?

A1: 17 DPO stands for 17 days past ovulation. This is a crucial time frame for women who are trying to conceive, as it is often when early pregnancy symptoms start to appear and when a pregnancy test is likely to be most accurate.

Q2: When should I take a pregnancy test if I’m at 17 DPO?

A2: Taking a pregnancy test at 17 DPO is generally a good time to check for pregnancy. At this stage, the hormone hCG, which pregnancy tests detect, should have reached a detectable level.

If you’re a day late for your period, a test at this time could be more accurate.

Q3: I got a negative test at 17 DPO. Does this mean I’m not pregnant?

A3: A negative test at 17 DPO isn’t conclusive evidence that you’re not pregnant. Factors like late implantation, low hCG levels, or irregular cycles could result in a negative test.

You might still have a chance for a positive result and should consider retesting in a few days.

Q4: What are common pregnancy symptoms at 17 DPO?

A4: Common symptoms at 17 DPO include mild cramps, spotting, and fatigue. However, these symptoms can also be similar to premenstrual symptoms, making it challenging to determine if you’re pregnant or about to start your period.

Q5: How reliable are blood tests for hCG levels at 17 DPO?

A5: Blood tests at 17 DPO can provide a more accurate reading of hCG levels compared to home pregnancy tests.

They can detect even low levels of hCG, making them a reliable option if you’re seeking confirmation of pregnancy.

Q6: Can I experience spotting at 17 DPO?

A6: Yes, spotting at 17 DPO could be a sign of implantation bleeding, although it is not a definitive indicator of pregnancy. Hormonal changes or stress can also cause spotting.

Q7: What do BFN and BFP mean?

A7: In the world of trying to conceive, BFN stands for “Big Fat Negative,” and BFP stands for “Big Fat Positive.” These terms are commonly used to describe the outcomes of pregnancy tests.

Q8: What should I do if my test is still negative at 17 DPO?

A8: If your test remains negative at 17 DPO and your period hasn’t started, consider waiting a few more days and retesting. If the test is still negative and you’re concerned, it may be advisable to consult a healthcare provider for further evaluation.

Q9: Can stress or lifestyle factors affect my results at 17 DPO?

A9: Yes, stress, changes in diet, and other lifestyle factors can impact your menstrual cycle and potentially affect the accuracy of a pregnancy test at 17 DPO.

Q10: How many days late is my period at 17 DPO?

A10: If you have a typical 28-day menstrual cycle, being at 17 DPO would make your period about 3 days late. However, this can vary based on individual menstrual cycles and the exact timing of ovulation.



This post is written and edited by Sandy who is a clinical pharmacist with over 20 years of experience specializing in pre-natal and post-natal care.