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My Pregnancy Test is Negative. Could It Be Wrong?

on Jan 09, 2014

by Maureen Stephens, BS, RN

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My Pregnancy Test is Negative. Could It Be Wrong?

Imagine this scenario: You really think you may be pregnant. Your period may or may not be late. In any case, you are feeling just a little bit “off”. Your breasts are sore, you're feeling extremely tired and run down. You rush out to the store and buy an at home pregnancy test, the test is negative. Could it possibly be wrong?

Could it be wrong?

Imagine this scenario: You really think you may be pregnant. Your period may or may not be late. In any case, you are feeling just a little bit “off”. Your breasts are sore, you’re feeling extremely tired and run down. What’s going on? You’re convinced you must be pregnant. You rush out to the store and buy an at home pregnancy test, excited to begin this new chapter in your life. Not so fast. The test is negative. Could it possibly be wrong? Just how common are false negative pregnancy tests, and what can cause them? Read on to find out more. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Testing too soon

Testing too soon is by and far the most common reason for a false negative pregnancy test. Many women, excited to start a family, are testing too quickly and therefore ending up with negative results when they really might be pregnant. Remember that until the levels of hCG in the body are high enough that an at home pregnancy test can detect them, an at home pregnancy test will give a negative result. Even if you wait a week after conception, that still might not be enough time to let your levels build up. Make sure to wait as long as you can to test, for the most accurate results.

Missed period

If you can wait until your missed period to test, that is the best way to ensure the most accurate results from a home pregnancy test. However, there are many other reasons that you can have a missed period, aside from pregnancy. If you are taking a pregnancy test and suspect you may be pregnant only from a missed period, remember that you can have missed periods from other reasons. Stress, exercsie, hormonal changes, thyroid or other health problems, are all reasons that you can have a missed period.

The bottom line

The truth in the matter is that today’s pregnancy tests are extremely accurate. If this was ten or twenty years ago, taking an at home pregnancy test was much more “iffy” than it is today. There wasn’t as much technology as there is today, and pregnancy tests needed the body to build up a much larger amount of hCG in the body before it could be detected. These days, pregnancy tests can detect a very small amount of hCG. In fact, at home pregnancy tests are actually just about as good the tests you can get at your doctor’s office. Technology is great, and it has done a lot for home pregnancy tests over the years. The truth is that there are not very many things that can lead to a false negative pregnancy test, so if you think that you might have one, ask your doctor.

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Ms. Stephens has spent over twenty years in the healthcare world, specializing in obstretical and medical/surgical nursing. She joined ConceiveEasy as she has a strong interest in educating and empowering women and promoting fertility awareness.

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