Negative Pregnancy Test:
Did you take a pregnancy test and it was negative but you have not had your period for the month yet?
This is a pretty common occurrence and though it can be very frustrating, you should not be alarmed or concerned just yet. Self-diagnosing an issue can cause you a lot of unneeded grief!
Negative pregnancy test no period – no problem:
Sometimes, the pregnancy test won’t detect the hCG in your urine if it’s a very early pregnancy. This is quite normal since the farther along you are in the pregnancy the more of the pregnancy hormone you produce. You may miss your period, because you’re pregnant, but a urine test may not show pregnancy.
What if you missed your period?
If you’ve missed your period and taken a test and it shows negative, you may want to contact your doctor and explain the situation. A blood test is always going to be more accurate and effected than a urine test, in the early stages of pregnancy!
Factors to realize:
- It’s also important to realize that not all pregnancy tests are created equally. There are so many different brands on the market that it can be harder to decide which test to buy and which one not to buy. That’s okay too – a lot of life is compiled of trial and error and lessons learned! It’s a good idea to start off with a well-known brand that brags about its ability to test for pregnancy “first” or “earliest”. These brands are designed to test very low levels of hCG.
- If you purchased one of the more popular brands, that boasts about its ability to tell if you’re pregnancy a week before your missed period and you’re still coming back negative, don’t worry. This isn’t cause for alarm. Again, remember – it may simply not be picking up the pregnancy hormone and there may be nothing wrong at all. You should definitely call your doctor and schedule an appointment for a pregnancy test in the office. Always explain the situation so they understand your concern and get you in as soon as possible.
Understanding of hCG:
Let’s work to get a better understanding of hCG and what it means for your pregnancy test. If you are only 2 weeks pregnant, you may miss your period (you may not) and you may test negative for pregnancy. This is because the levels of hCG –the pregnancy hormone – are only just starting to grow. Every 72 hours in the first few weeks, the levels of hCG in your urine should double. This is a healthy normal. This continues to happen through the first 8-11 weeks of pregnancy. With this, you can better understand how if you’re only a couple of weeks along, the urine pregnancy test may not be able to detect that pregnancy hormone.
let’s say you are about 2 – 3 weeks along (or assume to be) and you’ve tested negative for pregnancy. If you wait 72 hours and test again, you’ll have doubled your chances of getting a more accurate read on a urine pregnancy test. If you waited a week before testing again, you’ve quadrupled your chances of getting an accurate read. Make sense?
The further along you are in the pregnancy, up to week 11 or so, the easier the hCG / pregnancy hormone is to detect for a urine test.
The main reason over-the-counter pregnancy tests can boast about testing for pregnancy “7 days before your missed period” or something similar to that is because generally by the time you’ve missed your first period, you’re more than 4 weeks pregnant. It’s very common to have at least one period in the very beginning of your pregnancy. Being common doesn’t make it a staple, it’s not a requirement – so if you happen to be one of those lucky ones that doesn’t still have at least one period after conceiving, you may have levels too low to test.
Understanding your feelings:
Understanding your body and your general emotional state will help with the testing stages a lot as well. If you’ve noticed lately that you’re feeling more bloated than usual, more sluggish and sleepy or really emotional and moody – you may want to consider going directly to the doctor once you’ve received a negative pregnancy test. Remember that the baby should come first – above any of the other things you would normally do – the baby’s health is more important than that beer or glass of wine.
Precautions to observe:
- Early detection of pregnancy is vital for a baby’s development. You want to make sure you’re not smoking, or drinking, or having lots of caffeine if you’re pregnant. A negative pregnancy test with no period may still mean pregnancy. Don’t allow that one pregnancy test to determine whether or not you can go out for a night on the town and drink away your blues! You need an accurate response in order to move forward with business as usual!
- Understanding that it’s a lot more common to receive a false negative on a pregnancy test than it is to receive a false positive is vital in this situation. If you take a test and you receive a negative response, but you’ve missed your period, you must get a second opinion or wait 3 days and try again. Think of it as a diagnosis – if you were diagnosed with something tragic, would you not want a second opinion? Exactly! Try and try again! Second opinion, third – keep trying until you’re confident your answer is correct. If you get a positive, then congrats! You’re having a baby!
- Remember, negative pregnancy test no period could mean a lot of things, and your doctor is the best person to help you decide what it really means! Don’t self-diagnose, get the proper treatment as soon as possible.