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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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  • Confusedtwenties

    Hi,

    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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  • Chandz

    Hello. I’m 18 days late, have taken about 10 home pregnancy tests, have seen a doctor amd got blood test waiting on results. But can I be pregnant even after taking so many tests all have came back negative. . ???

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  • Destiny Truely Blessed Kimbrou

    MY LAST PERIOD WAS AUG 15 AND TODAY IS SEPT 22 I STILL HAVE NOT CAME ON I TOOK A OVULATION TEST ON SEPT 6 IT SAID I WAS OVULATING I HAD SEX THE REST OF THE WEEK IS IT POSSIBILE THAT IM PREGNANT CUZ I TOOK TEST AND THEY SAY NOT PREGNANT

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  • Ashley1234

    I am 27 years old me and my fiancée have been together for a while now. I am on birth control but I didn’t get my prescription in time and I was 4 days late starting the new pack. Once I got it I started the pack. We had unprotected sex. I usually start my period the 4th of every month. It is October 5. I took a home pregnancy test but it came up negative. Could my period just be delayed due to me starting my pack late or how long should I wait to take another home pregnancy? Thank you :)

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  • Jess

    we are TTC, I’m 26 and had no problem getting pregnant the first time. It’s been stressful because I miss my period for up to two months and all the tests are negative. I got my period last month, we calculated my ovulation and tried again this month. Once again there is no period and another negative test(s) Before TTC I have always been regular and I just don’t understand what’s going on. My doc said its stress but I don’t agree.

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  • parris_curious&wondering

    Im 20 andnd and me and my fiance have been trying for a year abd about 6 months and everytime the month comes we hope mother nature dosent come ,and last month i didnt start at all and my last period was october 14 it is now december 2nd and still no sign of a period ,i took already 2 pregnacy test and they both have came back negative, whats happening im curious im i pregnant or not or is something else wrong with me im worried ? Please help !

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  • 022714

    Well I am 18 & sexually active with my soon to be husband no birth control , last menstrual cycle was on November 25-31 , my menstral cycle is regular & on time . It is now December 5 & I have not got my period . I went and took a test and negative yet I don’t show any pregnant signs . what’s going on ?

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  • Carrie

    Hey I have been forgetting to take my birth controls so I stopped like 4 months ago. I had regular up t 2 months ago. I haven’t seen a period yet and u have been having unprotected sex with my husband. Took a test but it reads negative, is there something wrong???

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  • cheltree

    My period is 5-6 days late. I’m on a BC pill. And I have still been taking it as usual. Would that make me test negative?

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  • Amber Alvarez

    Ok my last period was Nov. 12 2014 i was suppose to start December 8th 2014 but i did. Today is January 1st 2015. Ive taken home pregnancy test after pregnancy and negative. Ive had a blood test done on the 18 of december and negative. I experience some mucus diacharge with light pink stripes of blood in it on the 23rd of december. The 28th went to hospital cause i was hurting in my stomach they did a blood test and negative. I havent experienced stress at all, at this moment im experiencing left pelvic cramps as typing this. Please help me. Ive tried calling my obgyn but they r closed as we speak.

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  • Question

    Have not had a period since September 2014 it’s January 2015 took one pregnancy test it said negative. Had tubal reversal 3 yes ago one miscarriage. Recently been under stress and lost weight 20 pounds. Breasts are sore at times. Could pregnancy be an option?

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  • Joanna

    I am 26 years old and I had unprotected sex and I haven’t had my period for the whole month of December but I bleed from November 28, 2014 and it lasted for 2 days and after that I still had unprotected sex and he pulled out but still left his guy part by my girl part and I took a pregnancy test January 3, 2015 but it was negative do u think I am pregnant I been eating twice has much feeling wanting to throw up and I been craving food I don’t even like and with my son I didn’t get morning sickness or craved food pr gain weight or had cramps but I did got my period so am I pregnant or not what do you think

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  • erica

    Hello i just have a question i came on my periid in dec on the 10 my cycle lebght is every 25 days i suppose to be on now will i come on for this mont

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  • tabatha

    just curious if you were actually pregnant I have been having the same issues and I am 11 days late?

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  • tabatha

    Hi I am 36 years old never been pregnant before. I have very punctual periods and as of today I am 11 days late. I have taken 3 hpt and all have been negative. I went to the dr this morning and they just did a urine test and of course it came out negative. I have been nauseous a slight pain in my left side not too bad. My breast have been sore also not bad but uncomfortable, I suggested a blood test but he would notdo one because the urine test came back negative he did a cultural exam and vaginal exam. I am so confused! What should I do?

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  • angel

    Hi I been off depo for 5 months how long will it take for me to get pregnant

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  • Nancyumland

    My husband and I arr trying for our 2nd baby. I’m a month late on my period and took 4 pregnancy test. They all came out negative. What do I do next ? I never miss my period. @dr.sahgal, md

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  • Larios14

    my husband and i are trying to conceive. We started this past month on my last fertile day. My period today is 8 days late and i have taken three pregnancy test week and negative. Could their be any changes on pregnancy even after three negative tests?

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  • Sarahbear1994

    I am 20 years old, & had regular periods since I was 14, like clockwork! The only time I missed one, i wS pregnant. I had unprotected sex about 3 & a half weeks ago, according to my app I was ovulating. My last period was December 4th & my cycles are 24 days. I am currently 2 weeks late & on cycle day 40 & had only negative tests. My doctor told me to come in on the 23rd of January & if I haven’t had a period I am most likely pregnant. I’m having a few symptoms, fatigue, mild cramps, & excessive saliva. Is it possible I am pregnant but getting negatives at 5 weeks. Also I drink a lot of water on a daily basis, I’ve read urine can be diluted but not sure how big of a factor that is.

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  • hely lopez

    Hi im 21 years old i had unprotected sex with my fiance the last time i had my period was dec 27 nd i havent had it yet i should of started by now? Last time i took a pregnancy test came out negative! Is it to early or what should i do waitalittle more? Please help me out i need amswrs!

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  • Scared30

    I am 15 days late i took 3 test i was supposed. To have started my period. On the 6th here it is the 24th and still no period. All 3 test said negative. But i did not use the first morning. Urine. Is something. Can something. Be wrong can i possibly be pregnant. I have two kids now one 9 & 7 im 30 years old and had a iud that was out im march (had it in the full 5 years )

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  • jessie

    I missed my period on the 19th . And now,I’ve been testing with home pregnancy test and they come out negative. Why this has never happened to me if I miss a period is because I’m pregnant. I’m on time with my periods

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  • Pt13

    By any chance did u end up being pregnant

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  • Pt13

    Did you find out if you were pregnant??

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  • Pt13

    Did you end up being pregnant???

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  • granny2365

    I have missed 3 months of periods but every test say negative and at the doctor it say negative and before this happen I was regular can u give me an idea of what it could be

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  • Erina

    Hi , I’m 18 just got married. I have had my last period 1/12/2014. I took Yasmine birth control pills from 18/12/14 until 7/1/15. My periods didn’t come yet. Wondering if I’m pregnant or not?? Since 2 weeks feeling restless, loss of appetite weakness,dizzy specially in the morning while getting up from bed. I keep on burping whatever I eat, sometimes cramps in the lower abdomen. Today morning I puked the worst possible way. To just let you know I very much ready for the baby. I want to know is it time I can check by pregnancy kit if I’m pregnant or not?? And along with the birth control pills I also took antibiotic Klacid for Mycoplasma 12/12/14 until 21/12/14 will all these harm my unborn baby if I’m pregnant?? Eagerly waiting for your answer. Thank you I advance.

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  • Erina

    Hi , I’m 18 just got married. I have had my last period 1/12/2014. I took Yasmine birth control pills from 18/12/14 until 7/1/15. My periods didn’t come yet. Wondering if I’m pregnant or not?? Since 2 weeks feeling restless, loss of appetite weakness,dizzy specially in the morning while getting up from bed. I keep on burping whatever I eat, sometimes cramps in the lower abdomen. Today morning I puked the worst possible way. To just let you know I very much ready for the baby. I want to know is it time I can check by pregnancy kit if I’m pregnant or not?? And along with the birth control pills I also took antibiotic Klacid for Mycoplasma 12/12/14 until 21/12/14 will all these harm my unborn baby if I’m pregnant?? Eagerly waiting for your answer. Thank you in advance.

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  • shy

    I’m 18 and I haven’t had my period in the last month, and I have unbalance hormones, I have be feeling cramps, and my boobs intend to hurt every now and then, and the home test keeps reading negative, could this be I’m pregnant?

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  • zory

    Ok so ive had my tubes tied going on three years now never had a missed period usually on time every month so here it is my period is four days late took two pregnancy test both negitive now today my back was bothering me so decided to take tylenol and took a nap woke up and had some slight bleeding now its lighty as if its going away should this be a concern or could Thier be something wrong

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  • Jess

    Hi I stoped taking pill around 30th of de cannot bled for 44 days inbtween then I had sex 3 times on on 3 of jan den on 24 25 of jan an then the 6 of feb an didn’t bleed till 13 of feb an it was lighter than my usly period an milder cramps it was light spots at first then went really black is that my af or implatation bleeding I took test today y still bleeding an was neg does this mean am not pregant

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  • emily

    My period was due on 23rd I got a positive lh on the 11th and had sex every day but negitive pregnancy test is it still possible to be pregnant

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  • tori

    Hi. I am just 2 months shy of turning 21 and I have been having early signs of pregnancy and I am 6 days late for my period.i have taken a pregnancy test and it came back negative. Is there still a chance of being pregnant? When would be the best time to retake a pregnancy test if so?

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  • patricia

    I have a serious problem can sombody help me

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  • meg

    its been 43 days of my missed period and test still stay saying no we need help

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  • babyangle

    I missed a whole month so I took two pregnancy test and they both came out negative I’m worried because I had never missed a period what should I do. And we been trying to have one

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  • Jessica puckett

    179 days late still no period what’s going on im only 17 my cycle length days is 34 days 4 day cycles and 14 luteal they have been normal last cycle was August 21-24 2014

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  • Janice Montgomery

    OK..my last cycle came on march 30th went off April 4th and haven’t seen anything since. Took to hpt and they were negative..today I’m 18 days over due. But I’m feeling a little crampy and seeing a little blood.

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  • Janice Montgomery

    I’m 26 years old…haven’t had my cycle since 30th of march 2015 went off April 4th…OK now I haven’t seen anything since. Took two hpt both negative.now today I’m experiencing cramping and light bleeding.

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  • TawnTawn

    I am 32 years old I had one child at 25, my periods are a little irregular sometimes but have been pretty regular lately. Now I am late my last period was on March 18th and it is now May 15th I took a pregnancy test and it said negative no what

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