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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  • Vickie B.

    I wouldn’t put to much faith in the pregnancy test at this time especially considering the ultrasound showed something. It could be very early yet. I would try again in a couple of days to see if you get the positive test.

  • Vickie B.

    Unfortunately, there is no way I can guess about what is going on. If you were to go to your doctor, you might be able to get a blood test to see it your are actually pregnant.

  • Baby cakes

    Hey vickie!
    I went to the doctors today and got a blood test done, I get the results on Monday at 3pm, today when I went to the toilet, I whipped and there was a pink watery discharge I’ve had no other bleeding or anything since cramping has slowed right down, now 9 days late

  • Ciara-Christina Arntzen

    No :( they said that it was more than likely an anovulatory cycle, or a cycst…still ttc

  • Angel Cooper

    Hello ladies. My periods come like clockwork, always the 25th of each month, sometimes the 26th or 28th but I never miss. Well for June I had NOTHING. Barely there pink spotting not even enough to fill a panty liner. I have sore breasts, and cold/flu like symptoms. It’s only July 1st. When should I take a test?


    Good Afternoon, not sure if I’m experiencing a “Cryptic pregnancy” or just losing my mind at this point! My LMP was 05/27, I tested(HPT) from 06/24th-27th with all NEGATIVE results! I’m very in tune with my body, and have had every classic symptom I can think of, and some I’ve never experienced during any of my previous pregnancies (severe mid back pain, night sweats, dizziness, heartburn and metallic taste in my mouth).
    I finally tested POSITIVE (faint line) June 30th, by July 2nd on a retest, I got another NEGATIVE! 2HRS later I started spotting pink with mucus, by 07/03 I was bleeding heavy with a lot of pressure (no cramping, no pain, no big clots like I usually pass). I went to the ER and they tell me urine and blood test are negative, and they see no signs of a baby during the transvaginal, yet they don’t know where the bleeding is coming from. They Dx. me with having uterine fibroids and a complete abortion/miscarriage. I follow up with my OB-GYN about a week later who thinks I’m losing my mind, but confirms “No baby,” beta Quantitative HCG: 0.9, nothing on 2nd transvaginal. OB-GYN states that wasn’t my period and it should start in a few days (which I knew though it was heavy and lasted 5 days, it wasn’t my menses). Yesterday, one day after my blood results were in, I got a POSITIVE HPT, today it’s back to negative. I have been sleeping all day, nauseas, and I’m more than a bit confused! Just want to be sure because I don’t really like surprises. My body’s never steered me wrong before, and everything but “medical” is saying that I’m PREGNANT!!!
    Just want to know so I can go forward with my vacation plans or start saving towards maternity leave ????

  • MaybeMommy

    Hello everyone::
    I have been having occasional nausea, occasional tingling in my breasts, I am extremely emotional (I cried over an episode of Girl Meets World today), Extremely irritable (I can be so happy, then the slightest thing makes me mad), Its been about a week and a half since I had unprotected sex. I took a pregnancy test 10 days after the sex, it showed negative, about 7 minutes later there was an EXTREMELY faint second line. My period (which came the day after the sex) was shortened. I just want to know what’s going on. I have all these symptoms (as well as some others) but I don’t know what to do.
    Someone please help me.

  • Charne

    Hi ,
    I am experiencing nausea , and extreme fatigue , as well as slight headaches. I am a smoker and can barely finish a sigarette , because I nauseates me too much. I have been at the doctor ( 28/07/2015 ) and he took a preg test , and it returned negative. My period came on the 19th of July , but it was quicker than usual ( 3 days) . I had intercourse on the following days , as I mark it on my calendar (10th , 14th , 17th , 24th , 25th and 26th of July. Please advise whether it is possible or something else may be the problem.

  • Caroline Clarke

    Were you pregnant?!

  • Caroline Clarke

    5 months on… were you pregnant?!

  • Vickie

    You might want to take another pregnancy test to see what it shows. If you get a negative, then you might want to have the doctor check you out to find out what else could be causing your symptoms.

  • Shanda

    I have had 3 pregnancies, two successful births. With all 3, I experienced spotting to full on period bleeding the first trimester, and negative pregnancy tests (up until 5 weeks prego with one, 8 weeks another, and 11 weeks with my last child). I also started producing colostrum in the first trimester with all 3. I continued to produce a small amount of breast milk for 6 years after stopping breast feeding with one child, and colostrum like milk for almost 2 years after my last child. I was diagnosed infertile a year before I conceived my last child, and had very low thyroid hormone blood test results that entire pregnancy. All pregnancies were unexpected and natural. The last pregnancy conceived not only while medically infertile, but also on oral birth control religiously ( for regulation purposes). So, to answer all of you concerned about your symptoms, negative tests, ‘break through’ bleeding, etc. Go to the doctor and have blood tests done for full thyroid panel, cortisol, and Prolactinoma. You may have a hormonal imbalance. Pregnant or not, this should be addressed. Especially more so if you ARE pregnant. Please note, pain and cramping not associated with normal cyclical cramping can be an indicator of a tubal pregnancy. Not good!! So, this is when to ask for the vaginal ultra sound. I did not experience this type of pain or cramping in any of my pregnancies BTW.

  • Heather

    Howdy all… So ive been reading alot of comments and see that i am going through the same thing. I dont usaully keep major track of my cycle, but in June it came around the 6th, normal 5 days. Next period in July came a touch earlier, around the 1st maybe lasting 5 days or so as well. Had sex around the middle of July, it is now the 10th of August and no period. My mood swings have been hellish, heartburn (symptom when i was preg with my now 6 yr old), tired all the time, abdominal cramping and just not myself. I really feel like i am pregnant, but several HPT all say negative. Still too early perhaps? What are the thoughts of you lovely ladies… Dont want to take a trip to the doc as of yet. Ive NEVER skipped a period, barely irregular, maybe 2, 3 days early or late at the most. Chance i could be preg, or maybe my cycle is just going crazy and i will get my period? Should i wait an take another test as it might still be too early?

  • Adriana Lee Tamez

    OK so this month August 4th,I got my monthly miss aunt Flo,I had a tubal reversal Feb 2015..I haven’t been actively trying back to my period it lasted 3 days and had sex Aug 8,15 and ever since have had very sore breasts not sore nipples.My breasts hurt to touch,hurt when I remove my bra,they seem fuller.I’m moody, really fatigued,breaking out and frequent urination,acne,but negative tests. At this point I’m not sure.according to ovia which I have been using for tracking estimates aunt Flo again 8/31.

  • Katie Winter

    Hi there! I feel like I’m.losing my mind here. I’m on depo. So I know it’s hard to conceive on it. But not impossible. I’ve had 4 children. And my body is telling me I’m pregnant. But all the tests are saying negative! My gums are bleeding, my back is aching 10x worse than usual, I didn’t breastfeed my last baby (now 14 months) but I’m mysteriously lactating for over a week now, food cravings, nausea. Every symptom I’ve had with previous. Got tests back today, including blood tests, that all said negative. Again. Am I seriously losing my mind here?! The depo has made my periods so.messed up, so I can’t even that, but its been gone since April. Got weird last month. 3 days in July, 22-25. Then random spotting an hour a day for a week. Any opinions? I my Dr doesn’t believe me. I’m so frustrated!

  • Kayla

    I am hoping just like most on her for some insight on what could be wrong with me, its so aggravating, my husband and i have been trying to conceive for about a year now. I occasionally do have irregular periods, and may skip a month but not 2!! i am on cycle day like 67 and have not had a period since July 9th! My only symptom i have are EXTREMELY sore breasts for a week and a half now. i have taken a pregnancy test every Saturday for the last 3 weeks and all negative. I just don’t understand. I have not been on birth control for well over 5 years. Has anyone else ever been through this?

  • Alexis

    Hi all, I am 19 and am 11 days late for my period, woke up on Saturday and was extremely nauseous for the whole day! So bad I wasn’t able to drive. I’m not on the pill or anything else and me and my partner use the pull out method (I know that doesn’t always work but we are willing to take the risk)
    I took a test 7 days late and came back negative, but still not AF. I have recently been put on iron tablets as I am low in iron, but I don’t think the tablets have any side effects?
    My period is always on time and I always have sore boobs, but I my boobs are not sore at all.

    Could I be pregnant? Should I take another test? Is there something else that could be wrong with me?

  • Mamabear

    Hi, I took Provera Tabs to stop my period which was due on the 7th September, 2015 when I stopped the tabs it came on the 17-09-15 and lasted 7 days I started to ovulate on the 28-09-15 I had sex on the 27-09-15 the day before of ovulation started also on the 29-09-15 I did 2 pregnancy test and they are both negative I am so sad as we wanted a baby can I still be pregnant? Did I check to early?

  • tracey

    hi I got my last period july 28th , I would be about 11 weeks pregnant , I always feel nausea , my breast got huge , and my areola got darker and my boobs hurt,im always so tired , I have a brown line that appeared from my naval down. and I got a hard pouch on bottom of my stomach that I never had before, I took 2 home preganacy test and negative , took a blood test and negative too, I don’t know whats going on why I am feeling all this , I would be almost 3 months and I don’t know what to do, any one ever been through this, could I preganat?

  • Caroline Ireland

    i was on depo and was supposed to get my last one in august i didnt go i went on the pill to regulate my periods then went off after my pills ended sept when i went on the pill i had white vaginal discharge and a lot this month no discharge i feel pregnant but its been too early to test not due for my next period until nov 4 every test i have taken is negative i guess cause its early but i have alot of symtoms and feel like i am pregnant i have been having back aches head aches cravings for eggs and fruits and candy and casadillas i hate everything else i barly wanna eat never hungry i make myself eat started getting cramps and pain in my two ribs and veins more darker muscle pains still have back pains and every other symtom i started with could this be my head playing with me or am i testing early

  • Lexxie Prochaska

    You could have a thyroid disorder or pcos, both would be noticeable at your age. I was 20 when I was diagnosed. And my periods went crazy after that. I have gone 4 months without a period before.

  • alex

    So i’m now 41 days late on my period and i have taken multiple test but there all negative. So its a little weird. I have gained a few pounds. I’ve been bloated for awhile and now i think i’m spotting. There a very small amount of blood in my discharge but not enough to have to wear a tampon or pad. Has anyone ever gone through this? I do have a doc appointment on thursday but thought i would comment on here

  • Tamekia Brown

    My urine is dark, sweats,nausea,vomiting,can’t eat nor sleep and period 3 weeks late. test said negative and I do have an irregular cycle. All day throwing up running back forth almost 2weeks hot spells were I am completely wet. Can someone tell me anything.

  • Kaitlyn

    So since the day before Halloween I was tired for a few days and now since November 1 I have been having bad breast pains and uterus pains and mid back pains I feel like someone is pulling my hips apart and and pushing up on my ribs I went to the we the Preto test said negative and I’m still having all those pains and I bled 3 days ago for one hour and since then no blood anybody know what could be going on ?? I appreciate and input !

  • Vickie B.

    I’d suggest you test again in a couple of days. If you are still getting a negative test and are still having the symptoms that you are, go and see a doctor to find out what is going on.

  • Kaitlyn

    I even called the nurse hotline and she said wait til the 15 to do a test that’s when I will get results since now is to early and I told the hospital that and they didn’t care or fake blood to check

  • anita

    Sperm leaks after intercourse, please what should I do ,I want to get pregnant

  • Vickie B.

    Stay laying down with your hip raised on a pillow for 20 minutes after ejaculation. That will allow the sperm to pool against your cervix, allowing them to get to where they need to be to fertilize the egg.

  • Lauren

    Hey, I’m not sure this is where I’m meant to post this but I’m useless with this stuff!

    My partner went away last month for a week so i stopped taking the pill and had my period, he came back and i started the pill again. then 2 weeks later my partner went away again so i stopped taking the pill and had my second period of that month!

    My partner was away for 2 weeks and when he came back I forgot to take the pill for 3 days we were intimate. That’s 2 weeks, 3 days not on the pill. I started to take the pill again as soon as I realised.

    A week later i was feeling extremely nauseous and dizzy, i threw up and had headaches. one of my breasts was tender for 2 days and last week(2 weeks after the unprotected sex) I had a really light bleed, about a teaspoon amount in the morning and evening for 2 days, this is a week before my period was due and I was still taking the pill at this time.

    I took a test after the bleeding that was negative. I’ve now come to the end of this pack of pills. and my cervix is high and soft but I think open. I go really dizzy when i stand up and I’ve been put on sickness pills because I’ve taken days off work I’m so nauseous!
    All tests I’ve done have been negative, am I testing too soon? Should i take another test and if so, when? thank you!

  • Laurel

    My period is 4 days late & ive been very tired lately with sore boobs off & on. They feel a bit larger as well, almost swollen. My fiancĂ© and I had unprotected sex on 10/17 right at the tail end of my last period. I’m normally very regular. I just took a pregnancy test this afternoon which was negative. Any thoughts?

  • Dont have a name

    I didnt get my period last month and its due back on the 19 but I’m having all the symptoms and all my test are negative could my hormones be low? I was 7 months with my daughter when I found out I was pregnant with her

  • Vickie B.

    Well, since you have a history of not getting a positive pregnancy test and finding out well into a pregnancy, I would definitely go and talk to your doctor about your symptoms and to fill them in on your history from your last pregnancy.

  • Sierra Swangstu

    I am 20 years old and I’m six days late for my period and i have a 28 day cycle and its past the length of what my period would have been. When i did something and looking up when i ovulated and had unprotected sex i could have possibly conceived on the 31st of October or November 1st. I took a pregnancy last Sunday when my period was late but, it was negative. I am now having slights cramps and a yellowish discharge since last night. I have also had some heartburn witch is normal for right before my period but i have not gotten it. I have also been having sore breasts and some back pain.
    A little help please on understanding this?

  • Katy Wright

    I took pregnancy test 5 days before missed period and it showed up negative but I been having clear watery discharge and cramps plus I been using the bathroom more than usual

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