Negative Pregnancy Test with a Missed Period

on Oct 21, 2012

by Alyssia Granger

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Negative Pregnancy Test with a Missed Period

Have you missed your period but still getting a negative pregnancy test? Find out possible reasons why.

So, your period is late, but the home pregnancy test (or tests!) that you have taken all say no, no, no. What could it possibly mean if you have a negative pregnancy test with a missed period? Read on to find out the answers to your pressing questions. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Could it be a problem with the test?

Sure, that is a possibility. Sometimes tests are defective, even when they are not expired. If you think you have a defective test, test again with a different test and contact the test manufacturer. Check to make sure you are not using an expired test and that you are following the test instructions properly. Make sure to do exactly as the instructions say. Not using the first morning urine, or using diluted urine (drinking a ton of fluids prior to testing), can be a reason for a “false negative” test. Most women do not fully understand just how important it is to follow the directions on a home pregnancy test exactly and carefully. Not completely following directions can definitely result in a “false negative” test.

Could it be a problem with the timing of the test?

Yes, this is usually the problem! You might also be testing too soon, which can mess up the test results. Sometimes at home pregnancy tests are not sensitive enough to pick up trace amounts of pregnancy hormone. If you get a negative test, but you still think you are pregnant, wait a few days, and then test again. Let your body have a few extra days to potentially build up enough hCG to be detected by an at home test. Other times, you might have miscalculated the length of your cycle, so even if you think your period is “due,” it might not actually be time for it. In fact, miscalculating your cycle is the #1 reason for a negative test along with a missed period. It actually may not be time for your period when you think it is. Not all women have the “normal” 28 day cycle, so you can not always go by this.

Could it be a problem with my body?

Unfortunately, this is always another possibility. If you are, in fact, pregnant, a negative test can indicate a problem with the pregnancy. The most common reason for this is ectopic pregnancy. This is pretty uncommon however. If you are still experiencing pregnancy symptoms after waiting a few days and retesting, and getting another negative test, be sure to contact your doctor to discuss any potential issues that could be taking place inside your body. There are a few other factors that can cause missed periods that are not related to pregnancy, such as premature menopause. These issues are pretty rare, but should still be addressed with your doctor if you are having concerns.

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Alyssia is mom to 2 giggley twin girls, Sophia and Emma, and son Hunter. She's a Southern girl, passionate about photography, travel and her husband Josh.

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  • Confusedtwenties


    I last had sex with a condom on March 28th, which according to my calendar would of been during a fertile timing. I had a period like normal the fourteenth of April and then another one in may, however that was four days late. I am now six days late, and confused as to where aunt flow is?! Could I be pregnant, I’ve taken four pregnancy tests and they have each come up negative. Help!

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  • Teachny

    I am 22 years old. I have been on birth control since I was 17 years old. My boyfriend and I have had unprotected sex a lot. I have missed my period for a month in a half. One day I saw some spotting but it only lasted about an hour. I’ve taken 5 pregnancy test and they all say negative. However, being a prek teacher I’m always moving around. I have noticed I’ve been a little more tired than usual and at times my breast have been sore. Is this just a change in my cycle or could I very we’ll be pregnant.

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  • ccjj

    Aunt flo was due fri 11th july and not norm late did test sunday and got very very faint positive aunt flo still not arrived and have done few more tests and they have come back negative what could be wrong have nausea sometimes and cramps but thats all x

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  • Jonathan

    My Fiancé is 42 and has always been regular like clock work and have been trying to conceive and for the first time in three months no period took a test and it was negative took test after church around noon is she pregnant or not

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  • Kristy Bostian Casper Moro

    My daughter is 17 and is 22 days late and she has takin multiple pregnancy test and they are all negative she says she feels pregnant I have takin her to the doctor and they did a blood pregnancy test it to was negative. What could it be? I am scared it might be a etopic pregnancy.

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  • Frustrated and Confused

    I’m 33 yrs old and I’m currently 22 days late for my cycle. I’ve taken 6 home pregnancy tests that have ALL come back negative. I have 1 child whom will be 18 yrs old next month. During my pregnancy with him I had to have blood drawn in order to confirm my pregnancy with him. And I was 8-9 weeks along when this occurred. I plan to head to the clinic Monday. Only issue is they only do urine tests there as well. I’m 48 days into my current cycle and I’m due for another cycle Wednesday. What should I do?

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  • L

    I have missed my whole period. I have not seen one drop of blood. I am usually pretty regular, so if I’m late, it’s only by a day or two….not 5. I’ve take two tests a couple days apart; both negative. I’m freaking out. What if it’s an ectopic pregnancy?! Should I just wait a week and keep testing or see my physician??

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  • Janay

    i am 27 . i had my period july 2nd and i was to get my period august 5th .my july period came a little early but i missed my period in august period. i took a test the following week . but came out next negative.then the beginning of the following still a negative.Should i wait another week and test or again?Could i still be pregnant? i get cramps off and on. I get headaches and backaches,nauseous.Help!

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