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.

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