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Signs of Pregnancy With a Negative Pregnancy Test

by Jerri Colonero, RN, BS

I had my last period on Feb 18. I had sex six times during the three days I was fertile. I had a blood test on the 9th of March but my period wasn't due until around the 16th - 20th of March. I am now about 7 to 8 days late. I took a HPT on the 23rd of March. The test was negative but I still have symptoms. Is it possible I can still be pregnant? I was on the pill but I stopped a while ago and I had a period last month.

A. Most pregnancy tests can now detect pregnancy within a day of a missed period. Some companies may claim earlier detection as you mentioned. For any pregnancy tests you should use the first urine in the morning for the most accurate results. You must follow all the directions carefully. It is also important that the container you use be 100% free of detergent residue. Any trace of detergent can cause a false reading.

Some medications can also affect the results of pregnancy tests, especially tranquilizers, antihistamines and of-course fertility drugs.

You should call your doctor and arrange for a pregnancy blood test if you still have not had a period.

Jerri Colonero RN


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Shavelie Oct 17, 2014 07:16:29 PM ET

I haven't gotten my period since august 9th, and it's now october 17th. i still haven't gotten it. i took a pregnancy test, but it came out negative. i'm so worried, and i don't know what to do. can any one help me. it's my first time being pregnant if i am. help!!!!

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Guest Oct 4, 2014 06:04:29 AM ET

Usually my cycle days was within 25 to 27 days, but this month it extends to 30 days, after that light white and red spotting comes when passing a urine. i did a test but the result was negative. i'm trying for a baby. what is the result and how should i take care of myself?

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guest Sep 30, 2014 11:22:01 PM ET

I took three pregnancy tests and they all said negative. but, i'm still nauseous and bloated. i don't know what to do. any advice?

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julia Sep 19, 2014 12:22:28 PM ET

I haven't had a period since august 14th. i'm regularly every 27 days. i have had nausea, and have been trying to conceive. i am over a week late. my period was due on the 10th, but my hpt is negative. could i still be pregnant?

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Guest Sep 15, 2014 06:01:18 AM ET

Hi. i had my period on the 2nd of august, and had unprotected sex on the 8th, 9th, and 10th of august. on the 22nd i start bleeding but its wasn't normal. it started pinkish, and than changed to red, but not enough to fill up a pad. i've had nausea and vomiting, but i got 3 negative hpts. i used pills for two weeks, then stopped before i got my august period.

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lexyrichard Aug 19, 2014 03:46:06 PM ET

I'm 3 weeks late and my hpt was negative. one night i started bleeding like i had started my period but in the morning it had stopped. it has been two days and it hasn't started again. i had a few symptoms that i usually get when i start my period (breast tenderness, and headache), but it all went away within a day. i'm waiting until friday to take another hpt. has this happened to anyone else, and if so, any advice?

guest Sep 15, 2014 06:30:25 PM ET

I am having similar symptoms right now. did you ever find out what was going on?

Beth Oct 16, 2014 11:52:16 PM ET

I am also going through this. i've taken 3 tests so far, and all have been negative!

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guest Jun 29, 2014 03:42:43 AM ET

Hi i'm confused and i need help. i had suffered from leukorreha last year but now its okay. but, in the past 3-4 months i had taken a chance to be pregnant. but, 10 days later i got my period and 3 negative hpts. after that i felt some small body changes like that can't be ignored. but, i don't want to. i had mild cramping, having pain in my belly and navel. no vomiting, nausea, and have regular periods. but, i am having food cravings, am feeling emotional, and have a little increase in breast size and tummy. sometimes it hurts. i have a strong feeling like something is in the left side of womb. should i be concerned? or is it my imagination?

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Guest Jun 14, 2014 12:54:05 AM ET

Hi. i am 5 days late, and when i had my period it last for one day only, it was red when it started and became brown and dry at night. then it stopped. i had symptoms but it turns out to be negative. now i'm confused. do i need to try hpt again? i wanna know because i want to start running for exercise.

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Guest May 9, 2014 08:14:07 AM ET

My last period was on april 6th. i did a blue test on thursday may 8, and it came back negative. i still didn't get my period. do i have to still check again after a few days?

Guest Jun 8, 2014 10:50:57 PM ET

Were you pregnant? i have so many symptoms and a bfn. :/ i'm so disappointed, but i am wondering why i feel pregnant. i even have bleeding gums !!

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Guest Apr 3, 2014 10:50:56 PM ET

Ok, so i have never been pregnant before. and i do not know if i am now. however, my body has been acting weird. i randomly start to feel really dizzy and hot then throw up. i look bloated, and i lost weight a few months ago due to me getting sick. now i have gained a little back. i have this line forming on my stomach as well. it's weird and below my belly button. i have been getting confused easily due to being tired all the time. i used to sleep for hours a day. now i'm up to at least 12. i don't know what's going on with me but from what i have read today it sounds like pregnancy is a possibility. but, i took a test a month back and it was negative. i took another yesterday and it was negative too. i just don't know what to think.

Guest Aug 15, 2014 07:53:13 PM ET

Were you pregnant?

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