All Signs Point to Pregnancy but Test is Negative?

The common signs of pregnancy include nausea, exhaustion, missed period, and the like. So, when women experience these symptoms they frequently will take a pregnancy test just to find out whether they are pregnant or not. In many cases the test is positive and the woman understands why she has been feeling the way she has. But then again, sometimes the test is negative and the woman is confused as to what is going on. Is she pregnant or not? Is the test accurate or not? And, what comes next? Pregnancy tests really are very accurate, but they must be used right around the time a woman misses her period or afterwards. Otherwise the body may not have had time to produce enough pregnancy hormone for the test to detect.

Basically, women who take a pregnancy test that comes back negative fit into two categories. They are either not pregnant or they are pregnant but took the test too early. Pregnancy tests work by picking up the amount of HCG hormone in your body. The hormone starts out low and then starts to double every few days. Some women have low levels of HCG while others have high levels. Regardless, if you take a pregnancy test within the first 1-3 weeks of conception and have low levels of the pregnancy hormone then it is entirely possible you are pregnant but the test is not strong enough to pick up the amount of hormone in your body.

When you have tender breasts, morning sickness, and a missed period but the pregnancy test still says negative you might want to wait 2-7 days before taking another test. Waiting will allow the hormone levels to increase enough that a pregnancy test will pick them up. If at this point in time a pregnancy test comes back as negative again then you are probably not pregnant and something else is going on. If you truly feel you are pregnant then make an appointment with your doctor. A transvaginal ultrasound can determine for sure whether you are pregnant or not and your doctor will be able to see how much HCG is in your urine or blood, if any at all. At this point you will know for sure if you are pregnant or not. Pregnancy tests are wonderful inventions because they allow most women to find out quickly and in the privacy of their own homes whether they are pregnant or not. However, in the situation where you just arent sure a trip to the doctor should be all you need to find out for sure!

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  • yum

    Hi i when to da doc test came out a faint line after that 3 home pregnancy test came negative heavy severe back aches nd stomach cramps

  • Emily M

    Hi, so please help me. I’m 16, on birth control for about 4 months . I’ve skipped a lot of pills and had unprotected sex. I have all of the symptoms of pregnancy, including experiencing leaky breasts. I took two pregnancy tests, both negative. Please help me, I’m so confused . What could it be?

  • Anetnar

    I’m 11 days late, I’m feeling super extremely tired and I’m dizzy most of the day and I’m also feeling hot when its usually cold. I’ve been eating all the normal foods I usually eat, but some don’t taste the same as before. I had mild cramps on my 3rd and 4th days after missing AF. I have taken 5 HPT, the last one on yesterday morning, all negative. When AF comes to visit every month I get bad acne and my face now looks like when I was 18, clean. I have no idea what to do…

  • Natalie Thomas

    Hi I was wondering if anyone can help. I came off the depo injection in November I had a period Dec and Jan, I was due a period 4 days ago. It hasn’t come in have sore breasts feeling sick a bad belly like really bad trapped wind and I’m also losing clear discharge. I took a test yesterday and was negative. Please help I’m so anxious I just want to know if Iam or not.

  • Sami

    Hey, I’ve been having these symptoms for while now, I’m light headed, I only got my period for 4 days last month and didn’t even get it in Feb. I feel nauseous but no vomiting and I get periodic heart burn here and there. Ive been super bloated the whole month and people are telling me that I look preggos. My breasts aren’t sore but on random days they will hurt a little, i have clear discharge when I go the washroom. I’m super emotional (certain Commercials make me cry) plus i’m have the mid to low back pain. I’ve taken 3 pregnancy tests 2 said not pregnant and one didn’t even say anything. Its starting to freak me out. I feel as if I might be but the tests are leading me to believe i’m not, am I just going crazy and something else might be wrong with me or could I be pregnant? Anyone else have this problem?

  • Bryanna DeLucia

    Hello I need to know because I can’t take not knowing…. On Feb 12 my boyfriend and I had sex I took a test it was negative (WAY to early to take it anyways) well then on Feb 23 I started spotting as soon as this happend I fault nausea ever morning for an hour it sucked then on Feb 28 I stoped spotting (spotting was a very light brown and very very little of it) then I took at test today and it’s negative again…
    I’m constantly
    Hot, tired, nausea in morning, dizzy at times, bloating, and mood swings, as well as never starting my period this month. When should I take another test

  • See a doctor to get a blood test.

  • Kay

    Most likely you experience implantation bleeding which means the egg has implanted, wait a week and test again if still negative, see your doctor.

  • Kay

    Hey I have not started my period either and I’m 7 days late on my period. All test are negative for me as well. I have sore breast and discomfort in lower abdomen. From what I have read, every women is different and can experience different symptoms of pregnancy, some have low hcg and in fact won’t get a positive until 3 to 18 weeks pregnant. My advice is wait a week try the first morning urine if still negative go see your doctor to get a blood test.

  • Bryanna

    Thank you so much Kay

  • Jessicar

    Hello My name is Jessica I am 25 years old, so I took a pregnancy test because I am camping my breast is tenderness and sensitive I had my period on Feb.24-26 but the pregnancy test came up Negative. I need help!

  • Lizzi Dewey

    My DH and I are ttc baby #2. I had no symptoms with my 1st pregnancy (She’s now 5 years old) we had sex around and on the day I ovulated and then a week after. For the last week and a half I’ve hand tender breasts, they have stopped hurting as much last night, been sick to my stomach, foods no loner taste right, I’m always having to pee, back aches, really bad heartburn, and headaches. I also don’t feel like drinking much, I’m tired all the time and I’m very emotion, AF is due in tomorrow. I’ve taken a couple test and they all say neg. 2 nights ago after I used the bathroom I wiped and there was some pinkish blood in my CM it then went away and came back around 3:30pm haven’t had it since. Everyone keeps telling me I’m pregnant but I’m doubting it. Any help would be great. Thank you

  • lisa

    On February 13 2016 was the first day of my last period.
    On the 4th, 5th and 6th of March I had unprotected sex with my partner.

    I was supposed to get my period around the 12th of March.
    It is now the 24th and still no sign of af!
    On the 18th I had some spotting… only when I wiped.
    I also have been having pelvic pain and backaches, I’m always hungry and everything smells a lot stronger. I almost got sick from the smell of onions.

    I took a HPT on the 22nd and 23rd.
    Both are negative.
    Am I testing to soon or what could it be…
    Could I still be pregnant?

  • Niklyn

    Hey, I’m 28. Already have one child where I fell pregnant on the pill. Had implantation bleeding so it was easy to know and pregnancy test a day later was positive. Now I had sex at the end of my period, took the morning after pill the next day (sunday) and the following Friday went for the injection. I’m now experiencing on and off nausea, can hardly drink coffee which I love, mood swings, emotional, headaches and randomly feel tired which is not what I went thru the 1st time. I took 2 pregnancy tests and both were negative. Could I still be pregnant?

  • jessica

    I am really confused I am 21 years old and have pcos so my periods are all over the place however the past few weeks I have been acting really unlike myself constant tiered and random urges to re arrange everything in my house have really strong smell had a faint pregnancy test a coupleof weeksago now nothing but negative and no sign of period either literally been crying over nothing .

  • chris

    all symptoms of pregnancy (linea nigra, hairy breast and belly, prominent veins and spider veins all over the breast, chest, arms, legs, tummy) cramps, pelvis pain, sore and heavier breast, frequent urination, sleepless nights, severe bloatation and heartburn, rapid heartbeat at resting phase, get bruised easily. but negative blood test (hcg, thyroid, sugar- everything is fine) normal blood pressure….
    i had unprotected sex on the 9th of march with my partner (who’s overseas) …. i had abnormal period at the end of last month… had few hpts they are all showing negative… ultrasound more than 2 weeks ago showed no signs of pregnancy. but physical changes kept popping up… had blood test done 2days ago and it came back negative…. im just so tired and stressed right now…. just had a cortisol scan this morning, doctor said itcould be Addison’s disease (very rare)…. that didn’t help me at all with my worries.

  • Molly 30

    Hi Same I am currently going through the same thing and driving myself mad over it. Did you end up finding out you were pregant? xx

  • Christina White

    Hey there. I’m 17 days late, I have a lot of discharge (which I usually don’t get much of), lower back aches, horrible headaches. My pelvic area ached so bad the other night when I tried sleeping, so much that it prevented me from sleeping. I’m feeling exhausted lately, even when I don’t tend to do much that day. I’ve taken tests and they’re negative. And i don’t know what to do at this point. I’ve called to go to the dr’s, but since I just moved to this area about 6 months ago, I don’t have a dr established and the soonest they can get me in is 2 weeks from now. I don’t know what to do

  • KAC

    I had my last period on the 8th of April 2016 and up till now I’ve not seen my period for ds month. I’ve done urine test and scan and both showed negative. I’ve bn experiencing weakness in my body, feeling dizzy, headaches, vagina discharge and sometimes feeling irritated. Pls, what should I do?bcos I’m confused.

  • Nicole Elston

    Having the exact same problem here with similar dates. Did you find out yet what’s up?

  • Sylvina Anne Hunter Delima

    I have the same probkem the same date

  • Heather Gallo

    Michelle coon.. Did u ever go to the dr?? Only a dr can truly tell u.. The internet is not a psychic realm. Yes, women can share their experiences, but only a dr can examine u and tell u what’s going on. So, in ur case, did u end up pregnant? Or what was the cause? Stress? Tumor? Menopause?

  • Karen

    Hi. I’m 22 and ever since I went off birth control(3 months ago) my periods have been regular. My last period was July 10th. My period was due on Aug 8th so now I am 10 days late. I have been having insomnia every night for almost two weeks and felt a little bit of nausea. But other than that I feel amazing, my body feels better than it usually does. I have taken 2 pregnancy test but they are both negative. Could I be pregnant orrrr is my body playing tricks on me?

  • Tiffany

    I had sex August the 11th my period was late a week and half. I finally came on August 28th but only lasted 4 days instead of my usual 5-7. No period at all in September and none yet in Oct which the month just began. I took a test in August said negative. My signs are fatigue, queasy, headaches, right nipple pain, slight discharge with no odor. Should I take another test?

  • I’d say it would be a good idea. And if negative, perhaps a visit to your doctor is in order.

  • Em

    Okay I need answers, I had sex roughly 1-2 days before my period which I got, (im due my next period in 2 days) but ever since I’ve bein experiencing pregnancy-like symptoms. I’ve bein feeling bloated, eating more then usual and this morning I woke up feeling really dizzy and sick which I then vomited. I’ve done 3 tests all bein negative! Could I be pregnant?

  • Chelsea

    I am unsure if anyone will respond but its worth a shot.
    I’ve had irregular periods since being able to have one. I have a son who is almost 4mnths and I was bleeding for awhile. I started my period again and had unprotected sex about 3 or 4 days before it ended. I had a small amount of bleeding a few days after that. It has now been a few days over a month since then and have not bled since. I’ve been nauseas for two weeks strait, hungry/tired all the time, depressed, and cramping but never bleeding. I’ve taken two at home tests & both showed Negative. With my son I kept getting negative results for two months till I went to the doc fed up thinking I just had the flu.. I’m so confused.. Could I be pregnant again or what??

  • As you have irregular cycles, it is hard to say if you would be pregnant or not. Your history shows that pregnancy tests are not reliable for detecting pregnancy so you are going to have to rely on your doctors detecting pregnancy if you are. As you have been having unprotected sex, there is always a possibility that you could get pregnant.

  • Monica Bonilla

    So on October 1st and we had unprotected sex on the 2nd and again the 9th. I’ve been crampy,peeing alot more and emotional. My period is irregular every since I could remember. My calendar says I’m suppose to get my period the 15th. I took 2 test and they both said negative. Was it too early to test? Should I wait to see if I miss my period?

  • I answered this on the other post that you made.

  • Monica Bonilla

    Sorry I’m new to this. I don’t see it.

  • 🙂 Over on – I see that you did see that reply.

  • Amber w

    Hi i had a pap smear on the 6th of october and my doctor said u might wanna be aware that it looks very fertile in here. So if you dont want another baby be careful. So im guessing that would have been when i was ovulating. I had unprotected sex on the 7th or 8th. After i had sex there was a tiny bit of pink discharge but hardly any. Then about 3 or 4 days later i spotted a pink discharge not much for about a day or 2.Ever since the night i had sex i have had vivid dreams, fatigue,nausea, soo bloated but it fluctuates,my sense of smell is funny. I have done 3 pregnancy test but all are negative. Am i testing too early? Im not sure when my last period was im just going by the doctor saying i was fertile on the 6th?

  • If you got pregnant on the 7th or the 8th, you are definitely testing too early. You would need wait until Tuesday or Wednesday to test and possibly get a positive result with a sensitive pregnancy test. You should be able to get a positive for sure if you wait 14 days after possible conception. That would be the 22nd or 23rd of October.

  • Krystal

    Started my monthly at 12. I’ve always been irregular. My cycle has always been 3 days on, HEAVY, one day off, and the last day light. After having my now 6 yr old i got on the depo. I took the shot a total of 3 times. And bled almost every day for a year, then when i stopped taking the shot I stopped bleeding except for when i wiped for the next year. Then my cycle went back to regular, well my regular. I was unable to get pregnant after this until last year in January, which resulted in a miscarriage 2 months later on March 28th. I only tested positive once with a hpt. The hospital said I wasn’t until 2 days later I was at another ER bleeding to death almost literally. oRh-, needed rhogam. Was pregnany again 2 months later. Immediate positive result. 2/5/16 Michale was born. 6 wk checkup I wanted the implanon but it hadnt arrived yet so my ob gave me the depo. I turned 24, insurance cancelled, no implanon and I haven’t had a follow up shot since. My cycle has since been every other week for 7-8 days straight HEAVY. However my last menstrual, which I believe was actually implamtation bleeding was 4 days of spotting. I think this was around the 26th of September. I’ve been taking a pregnancy test once a week since then and all have been negative but still no period. If that was ib wouldn’t i get a positive by now? Any ideas?! I’m going to the ER tomorrow

  • Annyomus

    Anybody know this symptom I had spotting dark brown the 15th of October my period is due October 19th. I spotted 3 days it stopped. I am 7 days late and have symptoms like bloating nausea sometimes I cheked myself twice know and the test says negative both times could it be harmones? or cyst maybe? First month I have this.

  • elizabeth

    Hi, I had UPS August 3rd, I than had my period August 12th. I have since not had a period. I have taken 2 test one, October 19th, and the other October 24th both test are negative. I have nausea, today I threw up while eating lunch, headaches I haven’t had before, and I have lost about 6lbs in about a month. I have been eating the same as I have always have. I have had heartburn as well

  • mikayla691

    So where to begin, I am now 4 days late, I’ve been extremely nauseas for about a week and a half (nothing sounds appetizing) , very forgetful (which isn’t like me), I’m belching quite often, my nipples are sensitive, Im extremely tired all the time.. My last period started October 3rd. I took a pregnancy test last night and it came back negative. Do you think that was too soon to take a test? Should I wait a few more days to see if my period does come. I’m a very impatient person, and its nerve racking right now. I would love to be pregnant being that I was told I may need help when I am ready to start a family. Anyways how long should you wait before taking a test?

  • mikayla691

    I’ve also been mildly crampy, as to normally I feel like somethjng is trying to rip my insides out :/

  • T3


    Tomorrow I will be 8 days late, been feeling a little nausea, I have a headache, my breast are swollen, but then again – I have the same feeling when my period is coming. But my period is never late. I took 3 hpt tests, all negative. Plus me and my partner always use condoms. I am very confused. Anybody can relate?

  • Terranya

    Hey,I’ve been having nauses, having lower abdomen pain and lower back pain, certain smells get to me and food isn’t tasting the same, I’ve been going to the bathroom more often, drinking more, tired, and moody. In the last 2 months I’ve spotted 2 or 3 days in a row den bleed for 2 days and stop last month I blead for 2 days around the 15th. This month I blead for 2 days and this was on the 3rd? I took 3 pregnancy test and they all came back negative am I testing to early? Are my hormones levels low? Should I get an ultrasound to make sure b/c my cramps are Getting worse. Also been having diarrhea?

  • Miranda

    I am 8 days late with my period. usually every 4 weeks is my period. my cycle is 28days and my periods last 4days. Dec. 22 was my last and it only lasted 2 days and just light spotting. Well it was spotting day one, then like a medium period, then light spotting for 3 days nothing bad. So now im just confused because ive taken about 8 tests and all negative. My symptoms: extreme fatigue, frequent urination, sore nipples, nausea, dizzy (like im going to faint), tmi but gas/burping, another tmi my discharge is normally dry but its like creamy and stickyand it shows alot on my underwear, mood swings, light cramps now but i think its trapped gas, back aches. I honestly dont know what is going on. I need to see a doctor but i just started school and im training for a new job. Not to mention I am a mother of one. Please if anyone has answers please share them

  • Karie

    I have the same symptoms except my last period was December 26th!!

  • Karie

    I go to the doctor on Monday for an ultrasound since I have the mirena. I’ll keep you updated. Maybe we are just PMSing super hard?

  • anne

    I just wondered do you have any medical experience I.e. a nurse or doctor?

  • Samantha Lesly

    I am 23 days late. I have taken several pregnancy tests and all have came up negative. I have always been within 2 days of my 28 day cycle. I am having bloating, nausea, I’m always tired, mood swings, everything that would come around pregnancy but all the tests are negative. We don’t have the money to go get a blood pregnancy test because they are about $300. Is there anything else I could try to find out what’s wrong?

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