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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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Melissa5 Nov 20, 2014 02:43:10 PM ET

Hi. i had my tubes tied 6 years ago, but i'm having pregnancy symptoms since the end of august. i'm getting my period, but it's very light and lasts 2 days instead of 5. i'm bloated, i smell everything, have food aversions. i started feeling movement this week. i had previously had 4 c-sections. i went to my doctor, and they did ultrasound, but couldn't find anything. at home, i have gotten faint positives on a few tests, a couple of them blood and urine, but the one by my doctor came out negative. i bought a doppler and i'm getting a reading of 135-165. does that make sense? i'm so confused, as i had children before and i know what it means to be pregnant. does anyone have advice? thanks.

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lilbit Nov 17, 2014 10:05:00 AM ET

I am 17 days late, and i have gotten two negative test. but, i feel pregnant. i been extremely nauseous and dizzy. i have a tight cramping feeling, and the worst acne you have ever seen!!! i found out very early with my daughter on the chance we were doing an ultrasound to check my ovaries for a cyst, and there happened to be a little baby in there lol. we had a negative blood and urine test with her one week earlier.

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natisha Nov 11, 2014 09:14:09 PM ET

I just had a baby 5 months ago. i had my period once, but haven't had once since. we had unprotected sex. what to do?

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Ragina Nov 6, 2014 01:08:42 PM ET

My last period was on september 10 and it still hasn't started yet. i've taken several home pregnancy tests and they all came back negative! i went to the obgyn and had blood test done, and it came back negative, but i still haven't started my period! i have bloating, i'm peeing pretty constant and i stay tired. i don't know what to do. when i had my first child i didn't have this problem, except i didn't find out i was prego until i was 8 weeks. could i be pregnant? should i take another test?

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Natalie Oct 29, 2014 05:02:12 PM ET

I'm not worried, but i am. on the same day i ovulated, i had sex. i took two pregnancy tests (1st response), but it said that i wasn't pregnant. also, i'm 10 days late and i don't know what going on. i don't know what to do.

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Emily Oct 28, 2014 10:06:33 PM ET

I'm 25 days late for my period. it has been irregular for the past 3 months, but i have never been 25 days late like this. i've taken 3 pregnancy tests, 2 at home ones, and one with the doctor at the clinic. all three tests were negative. i've had cramping. it's not painful, but it's there. i'm tired a lot, peeing a lot more, and have constipation. could i be pregnant?!!

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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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