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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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  • roqlyn

    I’m 22 yrs old and i have a 6 yr old. i had a c section in 2007. My fiance and i have been trying for two years to conceive but i keep getting negative test. now i haven’t had a period in 3 1/2 months and still a negative test but also my boobs are sore and leaking a little bit, my hips hurts, lower back pain, craving weird things, my sense of smell is enhanced mood swings and I’ve gain weight. idk what to do. i dont want to disappoint him again cuz my first born isn’t his. help please.and i can’t lose weight even if i tried.

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  • Haley

    I’m 19, I have been on birth control for 2 years. I had my period dec 24 2013. I quit taking birth control and had unprotected sex jan 1. I am 5 days late all the test have said NO. I felt sick the other day but not really much. Also chest has been breaking out haven’t been constipated I actually go a lot. I am always hot and cold. I haven’t gained much weight but used to be on depression meds but haven’t been taking them on a while. Also I eat gluten free. Not sure if that means anything. But I took 2 test this morning 1 yesterday one the other day. Yet still no. I would love to be bjut if not it happens. When I took one test yesterday it had 2 light lines a few min later only had 1 dark line no light lines.

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  • Brenda Alvarez Rocha

    I’m 19 years old…When I first started having sex with my husband I wasn’t ready to be a mom so i would take the morning after pill & i know i shouldn’t have taken it regularly but i did i took it probably 4 or 5 times in 5 months,,,,and now I have been trying to get pregnant & my husband,a 23 year old, usually cums inside of me most of the time & last year I had a weird experience…I was two months late with my period & we automatically thought I was pregnant, I took so many pregnancy tests and all where negative , after 2 weeks i got my period..I was disappointment because we had been having unprotected sex for 8 months already…. I don’t know if i can get pregnant or not…I don’t know if there is something wrong with my body

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  • Cheyenne123

    Me and my boyfriend have been trying to have a baby and my periods are always normal well now im 3 days late and ive taken 2 tests both negative…..ive been having headaches felt tired and sick also white mucus when i wipe the last few days is there a chance im pregnant?

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  • oge

    Please am 28 yrs old,i ve not seen my period for 3 months,am havin pregnancy symptoms(morning sickness,sore breast,headache,back pain)yet all the pregnancy test I took showed negative..please what may be the cause of this? Am I really pregnant and what should I do?

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  • meka

    My Period is a week late my breast are hurting and I took a home pregnancy test but it said negative what does that mean

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  • Harleen kaur

    I am 24 year old I missed my periods they are 12 days late . I took home pregnancy test several times with different kits but I am getting negative results. I am experiencing mood swings, throwing up and also my smelling sensation is changed. I had been using oral contraceptives for treating poly cystic ovarian disease I last took them 6 Months ago, I used to have irregular periods but after I got married I started to get regular periods. My last period was on 6 jan 2014
    Me and husband are really worried and tensed about what is going on with me and if I am pregnant then why test are negative and if I am not pregnant then why I am throwing up. Ur advice would be of great help

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  • nella

    Could Anti E be a reason Why my pregnancy test keep coming out negative? I’m 5 days late on my. And I’ve taken 6 pregnancy test

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  • Annoymous

    I am 21 years old I had got the depo shot back in nov. and had sex in January when I had supposed to get the second shot I didn’t so now I haven’t had my period this month of February I have all the symptoms I took a test and it came back negative it could be a possible that I am pregnant and I got a false negative

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  • cookie3

    I have been almost 3mnths late having alit of pregnancy symptoms but got 2neg test and 1 positive also a negative blood im confused and I need answers

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  • fionna

    hello… my baby was 6 months now and i got my first period when my baby was 4 month old. after that i missed my period of 2 months. were having a condom everytime we had sex. sometimes i feel pregnant because there are symptoms that i can feel during my last pregnancy but i already try 2 pregnancy test and the results is negative. what should i do because i am now confused? it is possible that im getting pregnant already?can u help me and explain to me the meaning of whats gonna be happen?i am a breastfeeding mother until nowand i am wondering and thinking because my tummy is getting bigger, i think so.. is that possible that i am pregnant after giving birth?

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  • TashaBabii12

    My last period was January 1,2014. I had sex around jan 14. It is now Feb 28,2014 and I still havent recieved my period. I have taken 3 different pregnancy test all coming out negative. I was on birth control for 6 years (the pill) and 2 months ago i got off of it.

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  • butt3rflygl0

    Starting the week before last my husband had back to back tooth and headache. All last week I’ve been vomiting, tired, hot all the time, constipated, diahrea, eating too much, peeing alot and Moody. I took two tests and it says negative. I think it was too early to early to take it. my period was suppose to come on Friday but came on last night, and still on today with bad cramps cause of the ice cream I ate last night.I’m bleeding heavy, am I pregnant, or in the making . Last year on sep. I had a miscarriage and the doc said i can make another baby when i want
    . I need advice from experienced women please help

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  • Roseville

    I am 20 years old. My period last month was 3 days late and only last 2 days. This month my period shouldofstarted today the 10th of March . I have negative pregnancy test. What does this mean?

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  • Crystal

    I was wondering what does it mean if I had my period in January and skipped the whole month of fabuary and had my period for four days in march

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  • Kate124

    I am 27 My husband and I have been trying
    for four months now… My period is late and normally
    its a few days early I have blood spotting a week ago
    I have been feeling really sick over tired and for some
    reason my teeth have become really sensetive I
    never suffer with teeth problems, I have also been
    get cramps in my stomach and today I have a real bad
    headache I took a test this morning but it came back
    negitivly.. Could it be that I want to be pregnant
    that I am getting false symptons or could it be the test
    was wrong??

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  • Kate124

    been getting cramps*

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  • EllaBabe19

    Im 23 years old and sexually active with my fiance..I used to get my period regularly every month..Though its late for a couple of days to a week..But now Im confuse,my last period was January 18,2014 and its almost 2 months after that and Auntie Flo didnt show up..I have taken Pregnancy test last March 1 but it says Negative..Since then i havent take one more test til now..I feel my Boobs are heavy and full,my nipples sometimes are too sensitive and itchy and sore..I have crampings also,i feel pain in my lower abdominal at lower back sometimes,i want to drink a lot of water and yet always want to pee..I am mpody at times and emotional..I cant sleep at night but i wake up earlier in the morning than my usual routine..Whats going on me??Should i try to take a Pregancy Test again??Im so confuse!!Please help me..

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  • AB

    I took a home pregnancy test a week after I missed my period and it was negative. So I am scared to even take another test because of what the results may turn out to be. How long does it usually take for women to find out when they are pregnant when they miss 2 weeks of their period? Thanks!

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  • kass23

    I have always had my monthly start on the 22of each moth I am now almost 2 months late an I took four tests they are all negative I had the mirana removed like 7 months ago and went three months without one then I start on the 22 and now I am almost 2 monthslate plz help

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  • mkk

    LMP was Feb 8. After 13th March, when mensus has not occured( we had protected sex till 10th March), we had unprotected sex. still whenthe mensus has not occured , I tested with pregnancy kit which gave a negative result. Is there any possibility of being pregnant after a missed mensus period?

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  • mrs.strickland

    I have never had an irregular period, I was on birth control a long time ago, and stopped due to not having insurance. 2 years ago i got back on birth control. my husband and i have now decided to try for our first child. i have been off the pill for one month now and my period was due 3 days ago, and has not come i am over excited about the whole baby thing, but i have never miss a period. i hate not knowing my body. i took a test today and it came back negative. now i know it can take a while to conceive and im fine with that but this whole not knowing thing is driving me crazy. i have had back pains, stomach pains, tiredness, bloating and nausea, also my cervical mucus has been white. some one please help?

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  • Nidhi malhotra

    I am 25 years old lady ….. And got married last year in January…. We started planing 4 the baby 2 months back….. This month my periods date is 2 days up nd when tesed with pregnency test it results to negative now what to do???? Is it a sign of any complication????

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  • Laurenaboo

    I’m 20 years old and my period is never regular. Ive had protected sex three time before my period was “due” and my period did not come. I took three pregnancy test and all came out negative. I’m now 14 days late and I don’t know what to do what should I do?

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  • Ayah Hikaru

    Hi, I’m one month and 4 days delayed and irregular. I have an intercourse in Feb 12. I tested on March 21 (afternoon pee-negative) and March 22 (first morning pee-negative). 6 weeks has gone passed by since the intercourse I got negative PT today (afternoon). Am I clear now? Not trying to conceive. I had white discharge last March 30 up to April 3. Got also backaches, cramps but no period and little headache. Hope you help me out on my dillema.

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  • aida balagtas

    Im 32 years old m last period was Feb march until now no period am I pregnant? And with symtoms of pregnancy! I do the test but still negative! Am I pregnant?

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  • amber

    Im 26 healthy no drugs or drink i have 2 kids im 3 1/2 months late on my period took several hpt all negitive past 2 weeks iv been having sever stomach pains crampping i dont know whats going onplease help

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  • Carrie Quinn Taylor

    I’m really starting to freak out, I got off birth control back in Jan, I’ve been on for close to 18 years I’m 32 now and married but still not quite there to have any children. My period is being weird and I know it’s due getting off birth control and how long I’ve been on it. But I’m a week late and I have taken two pregnancy tests and both came back negative…. should I make an appt with my doctor?

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  • isabella

    I’m 20 and I haven’t had a period for almost two months and my nipples are sensitive and I feel nauseous sometimes and I’m tired all the time too ive taken four stick tests and two cup tests all negative I just f2f know what is wrong with me? Can I be pregnant??

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  • patricia

    Hi there my name is Patricia and am 5-6 days late I keep good track every month on my period and the last couple months been on time I am very regular on my mentrsual . I break out with acne on my face a get a few cramps telling me its coming about a week ago from today I broke out and cramps but no period I took a pregnant test and neg results what should I do

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