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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After having two miscarriages in 1 year, I became scared to try again for a baby, I was afraid I’d keep trying and losing them, and the third time I got pregnant, I didn’t tell anyone, I tried hard not to be excited, instead of being happy, I was scared shitless, stressed up and worried about what would happen next. If you’ve had a miscarriage and going through all these stages you are not alone! But you need to learn how to deal with the anxiety fear that comes with being pregnant again after a miscarriage.

Studies have shown that 1 in 4 pregnancies end up in miscarriage. Yet no woman would lose her child and not almost lose her mind, I’ve been there so I know how heart-wrenching it is. Which is why it’s not hard to understand why women who had miscarried are forever changed.

When they finally get pregnant, they become worried, for their unborn babies, have sleepless nights, I’d lost two babies before I finally carried the third one to term. Many women who have had miscarriages in the past sometimes dream about losing their baby when they finally get pregnant again.

A friend of mine who had had 4 miscarriages said “There are nights I’ll wake up sweating from a nightmare where I lost my baby again” When I wake up, I would hug my belly and cry as if the dream is for real. If my baby doesn’t kick to say good morning I’d become scared, and even though I was heavily pregnant and my bump was staring me in the face I still couldn’t believe I would be a mother”

Thankfully, she gave birth to the 5th pregnancy safely, a bouncing healthy baby boy! But this is the concern most moms who have had miscarriages in the past have when they finally become pregnant again.

To heal physically, what most women need is ample rest and proper diet to help them,  but healing emotionally? That’s usually tough. The feeling of guilt and shame may be there but to heal emotionally, you need to forgive yourself!

And talk about it, talk about how rough your path to motherhood has been to people or a friend who would listen and understand, the reason why most people don’t really heal is because they never really talk about their experience and rough journey to motherhood.

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