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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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  • ekta

    hiee my last period date was april 2015 but still i am not in periods but my blood test and urine test came negative is still chance to be pregnant please suggest totally tense i am .

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  • Keshia Smith

    Hello I was wondering that I got a negative pregeant test but we had unprotected sex and everything. I miss my whole month cycle last month and I still haven’t got my cycle now so I am passed due so what is going on. I am having all the systoms of pregeancy so can you least tell me what is going on with me

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  • reshma

    i have periods every months but it came 33 days later on june 2015 and then 0n julay it came 36 days later but on aug it didnt came i had unprotected sex 10,12,15 aug and i miised period this month it has not come still i had two preg test all neg i m wandering if i am pregnant ??pls helpp

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  • Loveing Meeh

    I came on my period for 1-2 in it was very light I also so have be vomiting every once and a while my lower back been giving me pains and my stomach feels weird but my test come back negative

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  • conie

    Hi it’s been 14 days I am late of my period…by the way I took a emergency morning after pill….is this could be the reason why I don’t have yet my period….when i am 9 days late I went to the gynacologist and I had a vagina ultrasound and he said i am not pregnant….but he said I must take again a pregnancy test next week…can I be pregnant after taking a emergency morning pill? Please need your answer immediately

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  • Breanna Culley

    I am 20 and my husband is 54 we have been trying to get pregnant for two years now. My obgyn has me on Clomid because I dont ovulate and I have endometriosis. I am now 12 days late on my monthly. I have no signs of pregnancy and I havea sharp pain every now and then on my left ovary. What is the possibility that im pregnant and will pregnancy make the endometriosis stop growing?

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  • Melissa Laird

    I’ve bern trying for a baby for 8 years now. My cycle is officially 11 days late. My last cycle was August 10. I’m having pregnancy symptoms like sore breasts, fatigue and increased urination. But I took a hpt yesterday and it said no. Is it to soon to test? They did a blood test but I won’t get results for a few days, please help this is very frustrating

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  • shauna

    Hey ..I’ve been off the pill for 8 months and haven’t been using protection with my boyfriend ..I missed my period this month and took a pregnancy test and came back negative ..what’s going on?

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  • Silvia

    I’m 37 years old. I’ve been pretty much always regular but this time my period didn’t come .. I’m like 20 days late and i’ m waiting for my next period to come that would be next week and also i’m o. The pill but dont remember exactly if i mistake any day, should i stop taking the pills ? … I took a test and it said negative then i realize it was expired but it was like few weeks ago

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  • candie

    Ok i had a regular period for 4months, i took a birthcontroll to start it and then stoped the bc, from May, june, july, and auguest my periods were normal 4-6 days long, now in september i started what was light pink only when i wiped, to spotting for two days, to stoping over night then in the mid morning i started what seemed to be a period agine for 3 more days, then it stoped, now its october and im 10days late why? And what could this be ive taking hpt and all said neg, i took one hpt and it had a weird line show up and then go away, im so confused

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  • Dara Hollifield

    hi i’m 28 and on august 5th i had a dnc and then on september 2nd my period came and lasted until the 7th and now here it is october 8th and i haven’t had my period yet i’ve been peeing alot just like with my last pregnancy but i’m getting a negative on pregnancy test if there is anyway u could help ease my mind about what could be going it would be great thank you

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  • ruth

    Hi i am 40 with 2 healthy children . i have been trying to conceive for 2 months. I came off the pill in june and had a period 20 july i then missed one in august. I took another period on 8th september and tracked my ovulation. It indocated i was ovulating from around 19th september. I had unprotected sex throughout my fertile window. My period was due 6/7 days ago. Ive been getting negative pregnancy results. I have been experiencing cramping for over a week with some pelvic cramping on left and right sides on movement. My boobs are tender andtingly. i have cm which is between water and egg whites. Im a little confused. Is there still a chance i am pregnant? Thanku

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  • miranda

    Im always on time 28 day cycle. I had all negitive test took about 14. I have some symptoms of pregnancy. I am now 3 months late!!!! Still negative test. Im NEVER this late. What could be wrong I need help. “(

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  • Ashley

    I’m 22 years old. Always been regular starting my period on time every month. My husband and I just started trying to get pregnant and I missed my period this month. The home tests came back negative and my vagina smells like menstrual blood but I’m not bleeding or cramping at all.

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  • Ashley

    I’m 22 years old. Always been regular starting my period on time every month. My husband and I just started trying to get pregnant and I missed my period this month. The home tests came back negative and my vagina smells like menstrual blood but I’m not bleeding or cramping at all.

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  • Elizabeth

    Hi everyone my last period was 10/31/15 and it’s December now I have all the pregnancy symptoms so I took a test this morning that I have had in my bathroom a while and dipped it in my pee but it Came back negative any thoughts?

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  • Priya

    Hello doc am 25 years old 2 years complete my marriage and my last period is 16 oct and my home test is negative u check 1 Dec am confused am pregnent or not pls tell me possible am pregnent

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  • jayaraj srinivasan

    hi ,
    me and my girlfriend had unprotected sex almost a month. and now she is ten days late on her period.but she already made two home pregnancy test! but both are negative. she had a few cramps a week ago. i am very confused. is there any chance that she could be pregnant.

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  • cristina

    Hello I am 19 years old I have missed my period for 3 months now and I have taking 12 or more pregnancy test and they all say negative am I pregnant please help lately I feel like I want to puke and im just so tired but no one will tell me if I am or not not evan a test im really kinda scared to find out

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  • Riyazudeen

    Hi im Married on middle of september 2015. My wife is not yet pregnant yet and she got her period in october last week, later then she is not had period yet and we thought that she is conceived but last week we had taken pregnancy test from a laboratory but result was negative. She is not having physical symptoms of pregnancy. Tell us some tips to get conceived and also how to handle this irregular period….

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  • foajen

    I’m 16 and on October I had my period two times and on November I had sex and now its January 20and I still haven’t got my period since October I have taken pregnancy test but they come out negative….any suggestions ?

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  • Swathi

    Hi, I’m 25 years old… I have missed my period this is 7th day. I did 2 times home pregnancy test but results are negative. I am confused Am I a pregnant or not. Could u pls help me what happening to me. I am waiting to 3 years for pregnancy. But no…..

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  • Jennifer

    I’m 14 years old and I’ve been missing my period for three months, and this morning I saw a little bit of bleeding I have no clue of what’s going on.

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  • Selena

    My fiancé and I been trying to have a baby for 8 months now and on the 9th month I missed my period. We did have unprotected sex around my fertile dates , and the time came when I was supposed to have my period but nothin I was 5 days over due that month was over with now February 2 nd in the morning I took a pregnancy test it was negative and same day today I went to the bathroom around 1:30 Ish and notice a light bleeding not dark , what can it possibly be? I always have normal periods but not this month or can it be other wise?
    Please need answer/ help what can I do

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  • chanda

    I had my period on jan 11-15 then had sex on the 14th and 21st then started bleeding the 26_5th my normal period was due the 4th but I stopped bleeding on the 5th I have taken several test but got all neagtives could I be pregnant or did I just have a long mid cycle and that’s why I haven’t had my regular period and if that is the case when would I ovulate next I have a 24 day cycle.

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  • Crystal

    I’m currently 9 days late I just took a pregnancy test this morning and it is negative. I have been nauseous have had bad headaches since january 9th here lately I have had sore boobs. I have never had any pms symptoms I have always just woke up one day to find I have started my period. I am 22 years old and have a one year old which I found out I was pregnant through a blood test. I have an appointment with my gynecologist in 2 weeks would she be able to tell if I’m pregnant with an exam?

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  • Alicia Noonan

    I did IVF and on 11/9/15 my IVF Doctor said it didn’t work. Now I am 3 months late since my last period back on 11/11/15. My blood test and OTC pregnancy test show up negative. My PTP Doctor said a besides having high cholesterol and being over weight by 10lbs everything else is normal. Is there a possibility I am pregnant and the HGC still too low to be detected yet? Or could me being over weight and having high cholesterol be causing my delay with my period?

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  • Ladee Victoria

    Me and my fiancé has been trying to get pregnant for two months now. I even had sex doing the fertile days and plus on ovulation day. I feel the symptoms of pregnancy, but still getting negative results. What should I do?

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  • Bowny Tree

    I have always been having sex with my girlfriend for almost three years now without protection and came inside her every time but still she never misses her period, this time around she have missed her period by 15 days after we had sex as usual without protection and me coming inside her as always.., she took a pregnancy test which tested negative. could this mean she’s pregnant or not?

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  • Marisa gee

    Hi .. well January 26-29 I got my cycle well I made love on Feb 7 ovulated Feb 8 I haven’t got my period this month all test say neg but having back ache and I also miscarried Jan 12 could I even get pregnant if I went trew that recently so confused =(

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  • nikki

    I am 25 and have not had a period since october of last year and the pregancy test always come out negitive and i am not stressed

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  • Darlene

    I had unprotected sex 3 weeks ago n my mom started on the 1st n I usually start the day after her or the next n she is Getn off hers n I still haven’t started I have a 16 month old already I’m 27 I took a test last week but was a $1 test n said negative I don’t kno what to do I’m a single mom I’m.freaking out

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  • nadeesha wijesinghe

    My period is due 14 days but all pregnancy test negative. Normally my cycle is regular. Plz help me. I want to be a mother

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  • Lil shawn

    If i started my period 5 months after my last depo shot and missed it does it mean im pregnant i already had 3 periods but i missed last month

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  • Lil shawn

    If i started my period 5 months after my last depo shot and missed it does it mean im pregnant i already had 3 periods but i missed last month

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  • Kandy-37

    Hi I’m 37, we have been trying for a year my period was late two days last month I got into hot tub. And it came this month it’s 5 days late took three home pregnancy test all day negative. What’s the issue. Don’t want to go to doctor and look crazy. I already have three children. I should know but I’ll confused really

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  • Kandy-37

    I’m 37, my period is 6 days late. Took two pregnancy test that both said I’d negative but my breast hurts and I’m eating more than my norm should I wait one more week before going to doc and doctor. If I am I think I’ll be three weeks

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  • Rocio

    Hi I am 22 years old. I always get my period on time. I am 14 days late. On my 12 days late I took a pregnancy test and came out negative. My boyfriend and me always use protection and after he takes the condom off checks if it’s not ripped or something wrong. I don’t have any symptoms of pregnancy.need help please.

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  • Santasha Holley

    My period is 10 days late, my boyfriend and I haven’t had sex in months until a week ago we had sex on the 13th. What does this mean?

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  • Santasha Holley

    My period is 10 days late, my boyfriend and I haven’t had sex in months up until a week ago what does this mean?

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  • Kayla S

    Hi I am now 21 days late for my period and have taken 4 home pregnancy test and all came back negative and haven’t had any type of implanting bleeding just white discharge. I’ve been cramping in my lower abdominal area on and off for the last two weeks. I don’t have many other symptoms besides feeling tired and bloated lately. I’m also on the pill but miss one day (then having unprotected sex) but took the pill the following day. Please help I’m not sure what to do.

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