Missed Period but Negative Pregnancy Test

One of the most frustrating and disappointing thing a woman can experience is to have a missed period but a negative pregnancy test. Since both are contradicting situations, it can lead to a great deal of stress, worry, confusion, and conjecture in a woman.
Having a negative pregnancy test but no period is not inevitably a paradox, as there are quite a number of possible explanations for it. In fact, in many cases, there can be reasons other than pregnancy for late or missed periods, and similarly there can be possible situations where a missed period is indeed due to pregnancy, but still you receive a negative pregnancy test result. Therefore, let us have a better look at these two scenarios (missed period, negative pregnancy test) and explore some of the possible causes.

Reasons for a Missed or Late Period

Pregnancy is the first sign that comes to the mind of most women of childbearing age when they miss their period. However, cramps, tender breasts, light spotting, elevated body temperature, etc., are some signs of pregnancy before missed period that shouldn't be ignored. Following are some possible reasons for a missed period and a negative pregnancy test result.
  • Stress is the major reason of missed or delayed periods in women, as it interferes with the normal hormonal signals from the brain and obstructs ovulation, hence causing irregular menstruation.
  • Women having thyroid problems can also have abnormal hormonal changes which can lead to a late or missed period.
  • Birth control pills or contraceptives may also make periods disappear. It is normal to miss periods while taking these medications.
  • Being overweight, underweight, or excessive production of prolactin hormones can also lead to a delayed or missed period.
  • Premature menopause can also be a remote possibility for a missed period but a negative pregnancy test, and it can be detected by measuring the FSH blood level on the third day of your cycle. High levels of FSH would show that your body is working too hard to stimulate follicular development.
Reasons for a Negative Pregnancy Test

One of the most easiest way of detecting whether you are pregnant or not is to have a home pregnancy test. But remember that the home pregnancy test is not always 100% accurate, as there can be chances that you may have missed your period and are actually pregnant but the test shows a negative result. This can happen due to may reasons:
  • One of the main reason for a false negative pregnancy test could be early detection attempt, i.e. conducting the test very early. The test determines a specific hormone known as human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), which is released by the developing placenta soon after a woman becomes pregnant. Though you may be pregnant, your body won't start secreting the hormone instantly and it will take time to rise up to a level so that hCG hormone can be detected in the test. Normally, the body starts secreting the hormone six to eight days after you conceive.
  • Another reason can be erratic technique of conducting the test, i.e. not performing the test properly. Like quite often, women drink lots of fluids before collecting the urine sample, thus diluting the quantity of hCG hormones present in the urine. Therefore, it is always recommended to conduct the test by using the first morning urine, as it has the maximum amount of hCG hormones present in it.
  • Reading the test results before or after the stipulated reaction time mentioned on the pregnancy kit can also show false negative results.
However, if you miss your periods but have a negative pregnancy test, you should consult your doctor or gynecologist for possible explanations, suggestions and health tips. After discussing your medical history and conducting a few tests, the doctor will be able to identify the actual reason for the missed periods and negative pregnancy test, and will recommend necessary treatment. A pre-pregnancy check up is also a good option, if you are trying to conceive.
Published: September 15, 2009
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hello, got delayed periods, but negative pregnancy test, but got worried took mtp kit, what to do now - mmpp [June 8, 2014]
am jez 18yrz of age,i miss my period n d test i did z negative plz wtz wrong. - Ade [May 17, 2014]
I have missed this months period completely and I am usually the girl that can tell you the time, day and sec of when I start my periods. I have took 4 test and all has came back neg. but still no signs of my period. the only thing is my lower back is achy and I am somewhat cramping also and has noticed I am using the bathroom more offen. - AnnaG [November 5, 2013]
i have test my pregnancy test its showing only 1 line - nanda [October 24, 2013]
my LMP was 09/15/13,and i have a 29 day cycle...and today im still missing my period,is it ok to test a home pregnancy test now?or is it too early to test? - franz20 [October 16, 2013]
hello my period sopous to came at 12th march next monday i done the pregnancy test and it came neg and on friday i went to do blood test and the result came 0.500 they told me that i m not pregnant and i have pain in my belly like pregnancy pain can you tell me what can i do pls? - christine [March 26, 2012]
Now I understand the problem about missing periods - Raj [March 14, 2011]
i missed my period December and the test result was positive and i started bleeding after a month, the test was repeated but still positive as at Jaunary 11 and Feb 11 show negative and my Doctor told me it could be a delayed period, i,m confused now - Fatima [February 23, 2011]
I've missed my period for two months and taken 3 pregnancy test all negative but I'm still having no period. The test was not out of date or done to early because I didn't test until a week after my 1st missed period also the test was read correctly (I'm not an idiot) but I do still think I could be pregnant. - Nicole [September 3, 2010]
Hi I have not had a period since september 29 I did have some spotting on october but thats it now its December I took another pg test and it still said negitive what should I do - Juanita [December 14, 2009]
my period is about 2 weeks late. ive took a pregnancy test and came back negative. i think that ill get period soon. but im not to sure wether or not if im goin to get it. - mercedes [December 4, 2009]