Fertility

Here’s Why You Missed Your Period Yet The Pregnancy Test Came Out Negative


  • You are pregnant but hormones haven’t started their work yet
  • Your period is late for some reason but you aren’t pregnant
  • You are pregnant but the test is ineffective
  • You are pregnant but there’s a problem

It’s only normal that you be worried, take another test after a week or two if you still don’t get your period, then it means, there might be a problem.

One of the reasons why you might get a negative result when you’re actually pregnant is, maybe you tested too early, that is, less than two weeks after conception.

Other Reasons You Might Get A Negative Pregnancy Result Yet You’re Pregnant

Another reason why you may get a negative result when you’re pregnant is your hCG level is not high enough (this isn’t a problem) meanwhile pregnancy tests look for the pregnancy hormone hCG which helps with the result. As the pregnancy progresses hCG level usually increase.


The one rare but worrying reason for a false negative pregnancy test is an ectopic pregnancy; that is when the embryo implants somewhere besides the uterus, it usually occur in the fallopian tube but can occur any where else in the body. An ectopic pregnancy can be life-threatening so if your period is not coming and you are having severe pain, see your doctor.

Another rare and worrisome cause of false negative pregnancy test is molar pregnancy, a rare tumor that forms from a developing embryo, usually it ends with miscarriage. But because it causes extremely high level of hCG it can yield a negative at-home pregnancy result because a high hCG off-set the balance of a home pregnancy test.

Other reasons why your period may be late yet the pregnancy test comes out negative and you’re not pregnant include;

  • Irregular cycle: It’s not uncommon for your cycle to be irregular once or twice in a year and it may be because of illness, travel, sleep deprivation and unusual stress
  • Breastfeeding: If you’re breastfeeding and have started menstruating again, your cycle may be irregular for a while
  • Menopause: If you are  over 45 and your cycle is irregular, you just might be approaching menopause
  • Birth control pills: If you have been on the pill and you just recently stopped taking it, your first few cycles might be slightly irregular.

Another reason you might miss your period and test negative to pregnancy is fertility treatment. If your cycles are normally short, fertility drugs like Clomid may extend your cycle length. In the same vain, IVF, IUI or injectable cycle can offset the balance of your cycle.

If you’re going through a fertility treatment, you’ll probably know when you ovulated if you’re being monitored.

When to pay your doctor a visit

  • if your period is constantly irregular
  • severe abdomen or pelvic pain
  • nausea or vomiting
  • shoulder pain
  • fainting or extreme dizziness
  • any of the above combined with vaginal bleeding

If you missed your period and you do a home pregnancy test that comes out negative, contact your doctor! You may have an ectopic pregnancy which can lead to death, loss of your fallopian tube or your fertility.

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At What Age Should You Have A Baby?


Scientists have revealed the perfect age for parents to start a family and why, and this might come as a surprise to many.To have the best chance of having just one child naturally, couples should start trying to conceive when the female is aged under 32. But for those yearning for two children, the woman should be about 27.

And to have three children, the new research indicates that women should only wait until they are 23 to start trying to become pregnant.

The researchers, from Erasmus University Medical Center in the Netherlands, said the latest female age that a couple should start trying to become pregnant depended on the importance of achieving their desired family size and their views on IVF.

If couples would consider IVF, those wanting a one-child family could wait until the woman was 35, but 31 was the cap for two children and 28 for three children.


While the results may come as a surprise to many young couples, it may also be reassuring for those aiming for a smaller family.

“For couples who are content with one child and do not wish a very high chance of success: they can start at age 37 for a 75 per cent (chance of success) and 41 years for a 50 per cent success chance,” lead researcher Professor Dik Habbema wrote in the journal Human Reproduction.

The ages were based on a model that combined fertility and IVF success rates for 10,000 couples and assumed the gap between babies was 15 months.

He wrote that many young people were “too optimistic” about their chance of conceiving after 35 and “miracle stories in the media” inflated the success of IVF.

“When there is so much information out there about celebrities having babies in their 40s, when the chances of success are so low (unless they use donor eggs), it creates unrealistic expectations,” Louise Johnson Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority CEO said.

“IVF does not provide a silver bullet for age-related infertility.”

It has partnered with Family Planning Victoria to design a fertility education guide for primary and secondary teachers.

“Children need to know about this technology and how it is used to create families,” Ms Johnson said.

A Melbourne mother of three children Alix Blackshaw is only 28, but she has already completed her family.

The registered nurse said both her and her husband, Dwain, were from big families and knew they wanted to have at least three children

“It’s all about personal preference, but it was my intention to have them all before the age of 30 and with a close age gap,” she said.

The benefits are that she will only be in her mid 30s when all her children start school, but it has also meant she has not been able to go travelling.

 

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