Can a Pregnancy Test be Negative but I Still Miss My Period?

As you might suspect, missing your period but having a negative pregnancy test contradict each other. So, taking the time to consider each situation is essential. Why are you missing your period if you aren’t pregnant, and why is the pregnancy test negative if you have missed a period? To make an ultimate determination for either of these questions, a blood pregnancy test is generally in order.


Reasons Why You Might Miss Your Period or Have a Late Period

If you take a pregnancy test and it comes back negative, there are several reasons why you might have a missed or delayed period, including:


  • Increased Stress Levels – Stress is a common culprit of missed or delayed periods, especially because it interferes with hormonal signals from your brain. This can block ovulation, causing your cycle to break from its normal pattern.


  • Problems With Your Thyroid Gland – Like stress, issues with your thyroid gland can also affect your hormonal levels and result in a late period.


  • Issues With Weight – If you’re extremely overweight or underweight, you might experience missed or delayed periods on a regular basis.


  • Strong Birth Control – If you’re currently taking strong birth control or are on Depo-Provera, your periods might cease altogether. This is expected on some of these medications, and shouldn’t be feared. However, if you aren’t on medication and still aren’t experiencing a regular cycle, there might be something wrong.


  • Potential for Premature Menopause – This is extremely rare and unlikely, however it can’t be ruled out. Menopause occurs prematurely in some women. By getting tested for FSH in your blood on the third day of your cycle, you will be able to determine whether or not this unique situation is the cause of your missed or delayed periods.


Of course, if you still don’t experience your period weeks after it was supposed to occur, you might want to take another pregnancy test. Another solution is to pay a visit to your gynecologist to have a professional opinion regarding what is wrong. After comprehensively considering your medical history in combination with current issues, it is often easier to determine what is wrong and come up with a solution.


Reasons Why You Might Have a Negative Pregnancy Test

It is important to always remember that the pregnancy tests that you take at home aren’t 100 percent accurate. Sometimes, this means that you have missed your period and actually are pregnant, even if urine pregnancy tests suggest otherwise. This is referred to as a false negative, and can be caused from multiple factors such as:


  • Taking a Pregnancy Test Too Early – Pregnancy tests are extremely different from one another and while some can tell you that you’re pregnant extremely early, others cannot. It’s always a possibility that while fertilization has occurred, your body hasn’t yet secreted enough human chorionic gonadotropin, or hCG, to make a positive determination of pregnancy. It takes time for levels to become high enough for detection, and by taking a test too early, you’re likely to get a false negative result.


  • Personal Errors in Testing – If you don’t use a urine test properly, you might also have a false negative result. This could mean that you didn’t hold the test in your urine stream or did not dip it well.


  • Following Instructions Incorrectly – Time is of the essence when it comes to home pregnancy tests. If the test sits for too long, the results will no longer be accurate. This can also cause false negative results.
  • I want To Conceive

    I have used no protection with my husband since the beginning but i do not get pregnant my period is very irregualr and sometimes black i need advice… i want to conceive but it is very hard i do not want to go to the doctor because i believe its God’swill buts its getting ffrustrated.

  • Sara

    I wana ask dat i hav 30 days in my average cycle.
    I got periods on dec 6 but today its 16 jan and i dint get dem..
    I dint had sex.. M 21 years old and i had severe headache and pain on my lft side of face doc gav anyibiotics .. It happened on 30 dec till 4th dec
    Kindly tell me da reason why its happening it vz nva late bfr

  • ayda

    hi…my period delayed 9 days now..but when i test my shown ..negative…anyone..i really dont now if im really pregnant…help me…im confused…

  • brittyboo888

    I had my period feb the 17 till the 22 and had intercourse on the 24 two days before ovulation Im currently 3 days late and my breast are sore and having light cramps but nothing no spotting or period I took a test after being a day late it sh owed negative when should I test again please help

  • rhodes

    hi, i do have some medical problems which means its hard for me to conceive… i came off my pill 3 months ago at the beginning of January, its now my third month (march) and I’ve not come on but pregnancy tests say negative, is the pill still in my system and can this affect the result of the test??

  • Jasmine

    I have a question! So I usually get my period the begging of this month and I have not got it yet so I’m about 6 days late but before this about last week there was really really white discharge coming out and then that same week I felt like my nipples were sticking out a little more and getting a little bit darker but now I feel there back to normal! Then I have been having to urinate constantly! But I took 2 pregnancy test one last week and one last night and they both came out negative! I don’t know if I’m pregnant or if its something else! I just stopped the depo shot in October and usually every girl was saying it took them 9 to 12 months to get pregnant so I just don’t know! I don’t want to have to take a blood test if I’m not really pregnant!

  • mommy20

    I had a baby in December 2013, in January I started my regular period. I got my period each month on February , and March on time. In April and May I didn’t get my period. Now June still no period. I have had unprotected sex and am not on birth control. I did breast feed for about 2 months but i also bottle fed. I’ve tooken 6 HPT but all have came back negative.

  • Lazy91

    Hi im 23 years old im two months late and 3 negative pregnancy tests two weeks ago i had spotting during sex with my husband and it went away shoul i worry?

  • Erin Cobb

    Hi, I am now two months late on my period. My symptoms are; hot flashes, certain food smells make me sick, morning sickness, not only morning, but also threw out the day. I am having tender breast. Only thing is, I have taken four pregnancy test and all has come back negative. I need advice please.

  • alicia

    can I get cramps when you are pregnant

  • jay

    hi i had a regular period for 2 months it has become 44 days cycle but i had last period on 22 nd may but till today 11 july i miss my period i and my husband is trying to conceive took many home test all negative pl help me

  • Vickie B.

    It really sounds like you have a hormonal imbalance that is preventing you from ovulating on a regular basis. You should consider a herbal supplement to help regulate you to a more regular cycle or go and see your doctor to find out what is going on and find out what can help.

  • Vickie B.

    It’s probably time for you to go and see your doctor so they can figure out what is going on.

Last modified: March 2, 2014