Implantation Dip an Early Sign of Pregnancy?

on May 18, 2012

by Lucy Eades

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View real examples of an implantation dip and learn how to read your Basal Body Temperature (BBT) chart to see if you could be pregnant.

For those that chart their basal body temperature (BBT), an implantation dip could be an early indication of pregnancy. As you know, ovulation can be detected on a basal body temperature chart by a slight shift in temperature midway through your cycle. By charting your BBT every day, you can detect the day you ovulate by looking for a slight temperature rise that will remain elevated after ovulation. While with a regular chart, your temps will remain elevated, with an implantation dip, your chart will show a one-day drop in temperature. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

What is an implantation dip?

An implantation dip is a luteal phase dip that will typically occur between 7 and 10 days past ovulation (DPO), and is an indication of implantation – an early sign of pregnancy when the fertilized egg implants itself. An implantation dip is an increase in your estrogen hormone so it lowers your temperature creating a dip in your basal body temperature (BBT). For many women, during implantation, they may also experience some spotting around this time called implantation bleeding.

Does an implantation dip mean you’re pregnant?

Here’s a look at my chart. You will notice right here that the temperature goes up during ovulation. Hopefully you can see this and then right here, it shoots back down at 6 DPO and it goes back up. You can see this red line and here’s the dip directly underneath it. So you will notice right here in this chart, they are not pregnant. There is no BFP unfortunately and they did a start a new cycle. But right here, you will notice an increased inner temperature. Ovulation occurred and then they had a major dip right here. This is a perfect picture of an implantation dip. It occurred for them at 6 DPO, six days past ovulation. You could see an implantation dip as early as 6 DPO or as late as 12 DPO. Basically what you are looking for is a dip in your basal body temperature. Now an implantation dip is fairly uncommon for a non-pregnancy chart & will only show up in about 10% of non-pregnant charts.

This is a pregnancy chart, and you will notice the dip occurs right here at 8 DPO at the time of implantation. This is the time that the fertilized egg is implanting itself. Now, an implantation dip only occurs in about 25% of pregnancy charts, while a full 75% of pregnancy charts never show an implantation dip. So you can find it in both charts. However, it is more commonly found in those that are pregnant. So with that said, if you do see one, it’s a great indicator of a possible pregnancy. However, remember you must test with a pregnancy test to be sure.

The bottom line

Now I’ve had three successful births and none of our charts in our four years of trying to conceive have I ever personally had an implantation dip. This is my last chart and you will notice that there is no implantation done, and this is basically what all of my charts look like. But an implantation dip can definitely be one of the early signs of pregnancy, especially when in conjunction with some of the other more common early signs of pregnancy. Do keep in mind though that an implantation dip will not always show in a pregnancy chart, so don’t fret if you don’t have an implantation dip – it doesn’t mean you’re not pregnant. On the other hand, if you do have a dip in your chart, there is the chance that it is still a non-pregnant chart. Only testing will tell for sure.

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Lucy is a mother of three, who’s passionate about all things AP parenting. When she’s not busy giving tips on keeping babies healthy & happy, you can find her blogging on her popular YouTube channel

  • Elise

    Hi I’m currently breastfeeding my 8 month baby. We wanna have one more baby but I don’t want to stop nursing her. my last period was jan 3,2016 .We’ve been having unprotected sex last month about 14 times and 4 times this month.. could I possibly get pregnant ? Pls help. Any answers would be highly appreciated.

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  • Guest

    I took a positive ovulation test on the 29th and 30th of January. My cycle is usually irregular, but I read that the luteal phase usually lasts around 14 days. I haven’t had started my period, and I’ve had 2 negative pregnancy test, and my bbt is usually 97.1, but today it spiked to 97.9.. I guess my question is, is this normal?

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  • Jenny

    We are trying to have a baby and we tried the beginning of the most the but 2 days a go I was puking in the morning 4 times and didn’t feel good at all all day then the next day felt fine and today I noticed going to the bathroom a little spotting of blood. What does this mean?

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  • Shannette

    My boyfriend and I are trying to conceive and for the first time I was able to keep tract of my periods and the lengths between them to know when I’m fertile and ovulation and during those time we have had sex and I came on my period on the 9th of Feb 2016 and stayed on for about 4 to 5 days and fertile on the 21st through 23rd and ovulating on the 24th is there any good chance that we could be blessed with a child I really wanna know something good I am 26 and my boyfriend 27 and I have a birthday coming up in April which means I won’t be 26 for long but him and I would love to know if this would be the chance

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  • Tera Hoskins

    Hi! I’m 39 years old and I’m trying to get pregnant after having a miscarriage about a year ago on February 21,2015 my baby was do in August of “2015”. So I’m ready to have a baby for my husband again I think we are ready again.

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  • shown

    My gf is having pain in his lower abdominal we had a unprotected sex 6 days before is she pragnent

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  • kram

    Hi i am 37 ttc for 6 months now. I am first time charting . i am ovulating regularly.
    i am worried as ther is a dip after peak . please can you help me understand if anythng is wrong with me . Below is my reading till today 13th day .
    Cycle day 1 – temp 95 …..1 95
    2 95.5
    3 95
    4 96
    5 96.6
    6 96.4
    7 96.6
    8 96.2
    9 95.5
    10 94.4
    11 97.5
    12 94.5
    13 93.1 …. here is my worry …after day 11 its coming down … i have 28 day cycle. and still have 14 days for my periods please help.:(

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  • Jaqueline Luna

    Hello am 29 and i have 2 kids. My oldest 9 and my youngest 2. And i have alot symptoms like i do for my youngest. My breast are leaking milk and have alot pain in my back. Am very neasous alot and i been weak and tried. I walk like am in pain my pelvic. I have intercourse on 20th in august. I had iud fell out on 6 of August. And u bleed light. He did cum alot. I took 2 test those early ones. Both negative. Idk what to do. My period last. Then i start see baby pink when i wipe but no blood. What do you think this mean.

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  • Maribel Jaramillo

    Hello my basal temperature has been elevated for 6 days now on 09/16/2016 I had clear discharge with blood and on 09/19-09/20-09/21 brown discharge and now elevated basal temp what’s going on please

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  • Zippy

    Depending on how your uterus is tilted (forwards or backwards) you can try altering your position for intercourse ie: from behind if its tilted back, or on your back with hips elevated upwards its tilted forwards & then try staying in that position for about 20 minutes following intercourse, to make it easier from the sperm to reach your cervical opening. You can also try wearing a menstrual cup for a few hours afterwards—again, to make it easier for the sperm to reach their destination.

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  • Jaime

    The condom broke a few days before my period…I had a regular period but a few days after my monthly ended I had spotting blood and brownish discharge…am I pregnant??

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