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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  • Vontasha Bates

    Hey , I’m 21 and I’ve been having slight headaches feeling nauseated but I never throw up . My lower back & side hurts and I’ve been feeling more tired then usual. I took three dollar tree home test and they all came back negative. I’ve been feeling this way for about a week . My period doesn’t come until the first week of next month . Could I have took the test to early ?? Could I possibly be pregnant???

  • kristie yates

    hello my last period was on feb 17th 2017 and i had intercourse the day before my period, it lasted the full 7 days. So on the 25th my app that i was using said i was in my ovulation stage so from the 25th to the 2nd of march i was in my ovulation case i had intercourse my most futile days the 1st and 2nd and 3rd then i waited. On the 6th i did it again because i wasn’t sure if i had done it right something didn’t feel right , so my partner and i tried again the 12th of march now my app said to take a pregnancy test the 16th cause my next expected period was the 17th well i tested and i got a BFN ! so i said okay thats fine maybe to early so i waited a few days more and got the same result i am now 8 days late for my period witch is the longest I’ve ever been late with it my partner and i have been trying o have a baby for little over a month now , i ted today and also got a BFN. I’m so confused and need help I’m reaching out to someone hopefully you can help me out , this is my last resort before i call my dr . I can name off all the symptoms I’ve been having the last week or so. ( sore breasts , nipples, fatigue wanting to sleep more my moms even noticed, eating a lot more and gaining weight witch with me is nearly impossible due to my hyper thiroid problem confirmed by my dr, weird cramping not as bad as period cramps but mild enough to handle, I’ve bee very gassy , and having headaches more often then usual .) not so much peeing more but i do find myself having to pee a little bit every hour or so . please help me i also get nauseas but don’t throw up and it happens to me in the middle of the day , the longest I’ve ever missed my period being that I’m irregular is about 5 to 6 days i don’t know whats going on.

  • Kristi Brandow

    When your breastfeeding one of the awesome things is you dont get a period..i know i had breast fed two of my you have nothing to worry about!! Enjoy dont worry about it!!!

  • Leah edgell

    Hi I am 21 I have irregular periods anyway I normally come on my period every 2months for 5 days but me and my partner have been trying for 2 years for a baby and my last period was the week before Christmas 2016 it is now April still no period I am feeling very nausea in the mornings but not actually being sick last week I’m having terrible heartburn my breast are really tender the slightest touch hurts expecially on my nipples my mood swing’s are awful and I’m having slight cramping on and off just below my belly botton been taking tests every day for the last week and they keep coming up negertive any opinions? ? Could really use some advice?

  • Esther Chege

    I had my periods last week on Sunday ended on on Wednesday but av been having cramps and I have been moody and sticky watery stuff from one of my breast and its so painful lately and haven’t done the deed now for about 3weeks ..and the pregnancy tests is negative and I have almost all symptoms of being confused.

  • Chandresh merchant

    Hey u were pregnant ? Cause my girl facing same problems…

  • Chandresh merchant

    Hey u were pregnant ? Cause my girl facing same problems…

  • Sharon

    Try again, see what the test said, if continue see GYN doctor.

  • Morgan

    I have the same exact symptoms! 23 days late as of today. I’ve thrown up 3 times this week, lower back pain, fatigue, headaches, mood swings. Did you ever find out if you were or not?

  • Ismari Rodriguez

    ok i have a tubal ligation 3 years ago and im around the time of my period but ive bein very active and i have milk in my breast but my period isnt due for another 4 days can someone help me

  • michelle

    I can help with this. You probably know by now but. I was breastfeeding my son and didnt get a period but still fell with my daughter. They say it doesnt happen before 8 weeks but it does. I found out i was pregnant again at my sons 6 week check. Good luck.

  • Aaliyah M. Sedillo

    I’m 23 years old and I have two kids I missed my cycle on October2 and today is October 4 and I took a test and it’s negative however I never miss a cycle and when the date my cycle suppose to come on it comes on . However I been having all symptoms of pregnancy but I have gotten a negative test . What would you recommend?

  • Andreeaa8830

    I’m in the exact same situation, now feel like I’m coming down with a cold!

  • Sasha

    I’m 22 Years Old The Last Time I Gotten My Period Was 10/31/17 . I Been Having Unprotected Sex Every Since Day The After My Period End Which Were 11/06/2017 . I Have Tooken 2 Pregnancy Test & It Came Out Negative . My Nipples Are So Sore & It Hurts When I Take a Shower . Plus I Have White Discharge In My Vagina . Can Someone Help Me Please .

  • Jenn

    You don’t get milk in your breasts till the end of pregnancy so I would go to the doctor and get checked out because their is no way u have milk before even miss your period

  • Carla Renee Nicole Bryant

    Sounds like we are in the same boat, technically you haven’t “missed” your period yet so I’d take one maybe this weekend or Monday morning. If you are pregnant, your hormone levels are too low to pick up on the test yet.. same for me the start of my last period was Sunday Nov 12th and iv been spotting, having nausea, tender breasts and constipation however too early for a test to confirm.. Just have to wait a little longer and take the test 2-7 after actually missing your cycle

  • Ny

    My last period ended on November 9 , on November 20 I started to have a very light bleeding and it lasted for a little over 1 day followed by very faint cramps and some pressure in the abdominal area. Now December has arrived I have cramped for 4 days now and still no period… I’ve taken multiple hpt and all are negative. I’m having headaches, nausea, constipation, frequently urinating, hunger pangs, tiredness, heartburn and faint cramps here and there. Anyone have a suggestion??? Please

  • M

    Im in the exact same boat as you…my last period ended on the 9th of November as well and on the 23rd I had light bleeding for 2 1/2 days with mild cramps the 1st day which was very different from the normal period.And i never get PMS symptoms.. Since then my nipples have been a little sore and tingly and now today my breast as well are very sore…I also have this weird like feeling in my stomach and feeling bloated. I figured on AF is on its way..but now im 8 days late and got a BFN the day after AF didn’t come..have you figured anything out yet

  • Ny

    No ma’am. Still no period and negative test. Just a lot of bloating & not cramping at all anymore. I’m really thinking I’m pregnant. My period is never late unless I’m pregnant. And I NEVERRR spotted between periods before. I have an appointment on Friday hopefully I’ll know more.

  • Lee

    My last period was 25 October. A couple of days later I started cramping and I have been cramping since then. I have constant nausea, tender breasts, backache, diarrhea all those symptoms. I bought the first test 3rd week of November it was negative and another one 6 December and still negative, I went to my GP yesterday he did another stick test and it’s still negative, he says it’s stress?

  • Stress can cause a missed period, but if you are concerned, you should bring your symptoms to your doctor and ask him to do further (non pregnancy testing) to see if he can figure out what is going on with you.

  • Carlie

    Hello. Question. October 26 I was sexualy abuse. Ok well November 10th comes I get my period 2-4 days after my period I take a test because I’m scared it’s negative NOW December comes and I don’t get my period. I’m over stressed scared for my life I don’t want a baby from a guy who raped me. Is that normal PLEASE tell me it’s normal.

  • Have you taken a pregnancy test? It is not likely that you will get a positive result. This stressful experience could definitely make you late this month.

  • Carlie

    Hi Vickie, yes I took a pregnancy test back in November about 2-4 days after my period was over and it was negative.

  • I meant, did you take another one this month?

  • Carlie

    Oh no I haven’t I’m like beyond scared for it to come positive 🙁

  • I know, but I think it will be okay. And a negative result will give you peace of mind.

  • Carlie

    I will buy one tonight or tomorrow when I go to the store.

  • Good luck. I know this is hard for you. You might want to look into getting some counseling as well to help you deal with what happened.

  • Carlie

    He was arrested but let out free 4 days later. I can’t do this I can’t

  • Ana M Graves

    I’m very concerned. I’m a mother of 4 and my last period was November 26, 2017. I have every last symptom of being pregnant, but all tests are negative, including the one at the doctor’s office. I have also been gaining weight and I don’t know what is wrong. I need to go into the city to the ER to take blood tests. I’m so scared it could be something else. I’ve been researching with limited results. Do you think I could be pregnant? My period is 20 days late.

  • If the tests are showing up negative the chances are small. If all the tests keep coming back negative, including a blood test, you are going to have to get further testing done to find out what is going on.

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