Negative Pregnancy Test with a Missed Period

on Oct 21, 2012

by Alyssia Granger

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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.

  • Jade

    I am 31 I had my first child at 26.. I didn’t know I was pregnant with him until someone said it to me ( old folks tale) and took a test and I was. I ever had any symptoms til my second trimester and it still wasn’t bad… Now, I haven’t had a cycle since June and I have took a test…. NEGATIVE… I and going into my fourth month no cycle … last week I spotted (pink) and I didn’t have anything after that… just been feeling as if it’s going to come on but hasnt… I’m lost right now??

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    Hello I had unprotected sex on January 1st which didn’t last long maybe a few seconds to a minute due to pushing him away. I was still scared of precum if there was any, so i went to the store and took a genric form of emergency contraception. I bleed a week later like three days before my expected period so on January 14th it seemed like a normal peirod which lasted the usual time 6 days. I took multiple pregancy test even with an obgyn and it was negative. On February 10th I had an ultrasound and pelvic exam done and the OBG said I wasn’t preganant unless I had intercourse this month which I did not since the incident on January 1st. I am still feeling unsure it is already February 15th I took a pregancy test on February 14th still negative. My peirod hasn’t started and i am unsure if it will I am very scared and not even sure when I am to start since I took the EC. My question is would a pregancy test be accurate by now if intercourse was on January 1st? Or does it take another month because I am mostly at 6 weeks past the incident? Every test is negative so would that be accurate because I heard stories were some women find out two and a hlf months that their preganant even when they had negatives so I am freaking out. I hope someone can answer this question.

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