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.

Negative pregnancy test - no period

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.
  • kbee

    I have a very regular cycle and I am now 3 days late. I took a pregnancy test first thing this morning and it showed not pregnant (Clearblue test). I have had nausea going on 3 weeks now and that is the only symptom I am having. Could I be pregnant? When should I retest?

  • earthsmagic

    I would suggest waiting a day and testing again. It could be that your cycle has been thrown off for some reason. Typical things that can make your period not start as it should are stress, illness, changes in your schedule, changes in medicine you are taking, and hormonal changes. If you period still hasn’t shown up and you don’t get a positive result on a pregnancy test, it would be advisable for you to visit your doctor to see if there is something going on with your system.

  • Rawia Lequan

    I had my period last month on time. My husband and I just started trying to get pregnant. Two weekend ago iwas very sick with vomiting. My body temp below the navel is very warm, I’m sleeping a lot, eating more thought the day, bathroom visit at least 1-6 times a day, and below the navel I am in pain. The pain does not feel like period crams or like being gassy. I took two test three weeks ago one said positive very faintly the other was negative. I just got two test from the store and the both came out negative. What should I do and or ask the doctor?

    My mom told me she had this problem prior to giving birth to me for the first three months of her pregnancy with me.

  • earthsmagic

    If your period is very late, I would suggest that you go to your doctor to see if a cause can be determined. You will want to make sure your doctor knows what happened with your mother when she was pregnant with you. It is not common for pregnancy tests to show negative and someone to be pregnant but I know it does happen.

  • danielle

    Hi have my period the 4 of every month and it have not show up .i took three pregnancy test it say negative i wake up this morning find little spot of blood on my pantie what going,on

  • earthsmagic

    It could be that your period is just going to be late this month for some reason. There are a lot of things that can cause a delay like stress, your weight, starting or stopping new medications, birth control, and medical issues like PCOS. If your period doesn’t show back up soon, a visit to your doctor might be in order.

  • Danielle

    I was never on birth control bill

  • billy

    my gf has had a very stressful month and usually gets her period between the 14th and 16th. she tested negative the 14th and 15th and she still has no period. she has had no signs of her period at all. what are the odds she is pregnant today is the 17th

  • sri

    My period was on 4th Feb 2013. I had little bleeding on 9th of March i thought it would be my period later it did not continue. I did my pregnancy test on 17th and result was negative and later after a week again i tested the result showed negative but i have not got my period. Kindly advise me what to do.

  • earthsmagic

    Stress can really mess with a cycle. Unfortunately, short of getting her period or a positive pregnancy test, there isn’t an easy way to find out if she is pregnant.

  • earthsmagic

    Unfortunately, there isn’t much we can recommend other than to go and see your doctor to try and figure out what is going on with your cycle. It could be that your system is hormonally out of whack for some reason. Your doctor should be able to help you figure out what is going on with your system.

  • sandra

    Well I have a small problem. Don’t remember when I got my period on February all I know it was between the 20 and 28 and I knew I was late because I was suppose to get it the 19 prior to that I had just beeabout 2 months that I stop taking bbirth control …. so on March 16 I had protected sex… but I been feeling kinda weird cramps fir about a week and a half ….felt so bloated like my stomach was sticking out like crazy…every time I ate just a bit I felt full and felt nauseous … the bbloating has ccalmed down.and so has the nausea …but since im not sure when I got my period im either late oor not … I calculated that if I got my period on the 28 I should get it on the9 of April I took 2 pregnancy. Test one on April 3 and another today the 6…both came out negative…but now im just confused

  • earthsmagic

    Unfortunately due to you not knowing exactly when your period was due, it’s hard to take any guess. Your symptoms could have been period related or a bug that you were fighting. Chances are the negative test is right and the stress is delaying things for you. If you don’t get your period, taking additional tests may be in order, or if you find that you are really really late, a visit to your doctor might be in order.

  • Lil miss

    My boyfriend and I are trying to get pregnant I had a little over a four week cycle most of my life in February it became a 3 week or less cycle its been since march 10 th since I had a period my ovulation predictor says I’m 15 days late but I’ve taken 3 test and there negative why is this

  • earthsmagic

    There are a lot of things that can cause a delay like stress, your weight, losing or gaining weight, starting or stopping new medications, birth control, and medical issues like PCOS. If your period doesn’t show back up soon, a visit to your doctor might be in order.

  • worried nuisance

    My fiancé and I are trying to conceive. I was on birth-control pills until late January of this year, my periods have been regular until now, my last period was April 2, and now im a few days late, I took a pregnancy test and it was negative, but my appetite has really picked up lately, so has my drinking habit, I also have been eating sunflower seeds every night, I have been having lower back pain, not to mention the sleeping. I am a plus sized woman. Should I retest?

  • Vickie B.

    Testing again would be a good idea. If the period doesn’t arrive and you continue getting a negative pregnancy test, I would go to the doctor to see if your hormones are off.

  • Worried

    My period is irregular and my last period was on march 26 and I still have not gotten my period since then I took a pregnancy test it came negative .. Should I take a retest I’m so confused

  • Vickie B.

    Unfortunately, continued taking of pregnancy test can get a bit expensive. When you say irregular, do you mean varying number of days in your cycle, but you still have them about once a month, or do you mean you totally skip months? You might want to visit your doctor about your irregularity to see if there is something going on that they may be able to help.

  • Worried

    Irregular cycles

  • Vickie B.

    Do you mean 1) varying number of days in your cycle each month – like 24 days one month, 40 days the next month or 2) Have your period in January and not have another one until several months later?

  • happy

    My last period is last April 30 and i should be having my period on the 2nd but until now its not coming. There were spottings on my panty. My schedule in work changes from day to night shift. Is it safe to say I’m just delayed?

  • Vickie B.

    Did you take a pregnancy test? That would be a good start. Your change in schedule could definitely mess up your cycle though so that could be the cause.

  • Lulu

    I’ve always had irregular periods. Sometimes without it for 2 months, sometimes 20 days apart…

    I’ve been to doctors for this, and have done many tests but they all
    seem to think there’s nothing I can do abou it except for taking the
    pill and regulating it.

    Anyways, my last period was in mid February, now it’s 5/8, and still no period.

    I had unprotected sex once ( but not all the way) on th 10 th of April.

    I’ve been taking home pregnancy tests every 2 days after 4/25, but it’s
    still negative. The last one I took was on 5/5, negative.

    I went to the doctors for my annual pap test last week, and she thinks it’s just that my period is late.

    I hear about false negative tests, but for my first pregnancy, the
    preggo test came back positive 18 days after unprotected sex. So Im not
    sure what to make of this one.

    My nipples are sore, and I’m a bit in a bad mood these days.

    I also had a sinus infection early last month with a fever of 103, and
    also got a giant ugly cold sore on my lip, so I’m thinking that may have
    thrown my period off?

    Do you think I can be pregnant? Or could this just be an irregular cycle…?

    Doctor wants me to come in for blood test if I don’t get my period in
    the next week… By the way, I just tested again this morning, 5/10, and it’s negative..

  • Vickie B.

    Based on your history, I wouldn’t think that you are pregnant. Illness, stress, and medications can definitely throw off your cycle. I think the best bet is to wait and get a blood test if your period doesn’t come.

  • Hopeful11

    Hi all

  • Hopeful11

    Hello, my boyfriend and I are TTC. I’ve tested with the ovulation sticks for when I was ovulating and that’s about wen we got busy. An have been since. The ovulation test came back positive for about a week after that. I tested when I was 3 days late an it came back negative. My cycles are about 32 days and now I am 5 days late on my period. Should I call my gyno for a blood test or should I wait and assume its stress?

  • Vickie B.

    I would go and visit your doctor. Typically, you should not be getting a positive ovulation test for a week straight. When you get a positive result, it usually means you will ovulate in 24 to 36 hours. If you’ve been having sex all through the week, the timing could have been fine. If you don’t get your period within the next week, a visit to the doctor may be in order.

  • Nadia

    Hi, is it possibly too early to detect pregnancy if you took a pregnancy test on the day you should have got your period? I get my period on the 17 th of every month only ever lasting 2 to 3 days max I’ve been having a bit of nausea and was hoping it meant I was pregnant. The test did come back neg ( first morning urine) so now I’m feeling will disheartened. Is it common for the tests to give false negatives ..?

  • kbailey0525

    We are trying to have another little one I had a normal menstarl cycle last month an now I’m late this month I have taken a test put it came up negative I’m cramping gaining weight like crazy headaches an back pain what could be going on could I be pregnant an thee test just keep showing negative?

  • Vickie B.

    It does happen if the hcg level isn’t quite as high as it needs to be. Did you test again?

  • Vickie B.

    It’s odd but I have seen a lot of stories where the tests don’t show up positive for a long time or not at all even and the woman is pregnant. You might want to try testing with a different brand of pregnancy test to see if it gives you a different result.

  • kbailey0525

    I have tried 3 different test ept clear blue an CVS brand and the show up negative but I have all those signs an they are still negative after missing my cycle any advice

  • Vickie B.

    Unfortunately, the only way to make sure is to visit your doctor and explain your symptoms and see if a blood test shows anything. If you are feeling pregnant, take care of yourself as if you are pregnant. I’ve seen several stories where people were pregnant despite all the tests showing they were not.

  • dony

    im 18 i took a pregnancy test at home on the 17 and it was negative i had to get my my tonsils removed on the 24 and they took a urine sample and it was false too now im worried im 17 days late

  • zoey

    hello :). im 17 days late and have done 4 tests and they have all come back negative ..last month i was also late bout only 11 days . i normally come on on the 29th ..

    Ive been to the doctors and they said that they are going to do me a scan to see if i am pregnant ,, but ive been having the signs of coming on but it just hasn’t come yet , ive had a lot of back ache and stomach cramps aswell and boobs really sore ,, my nipples have also changed colour to a dark brown what does this mean ?? thanks

  • kalpana

    me and my husband do unprotected sex the hole month of july and my period is in 1 of aug but now i am 14 days late . i took a pregnency test but came out negative several time i don’t understand .am i pregnent or not?
    could any one help me

  • lhay

    Hi,I had my period last july, and obviuosly I’m expecting to have my period the next month which is August. But It hasn’t arrived till this 1st of september.I also experienced 2 weeks now, a white leak on my underwear, on the 1st week, it seems like transparent ,then it came whitish..I was wondering because I do have a regular periods and it sounds strange if I’ll skip for about a month now. I took a pregnancy test twice but it results both negative,,I have no symptoms of vomitting,etc.. only a little tenderness of breasts, and when I wake up in the morning, I do have a hot temperature of body even the weather is a bit cold..I really can’t explain those things, and I really need your help and tips… thank you so much….

  • katt

    I can so relate to your story…. idk what to do

  • katt

    hello, my name is Kathy….and im so worry! my last period was on July 8th and I guess i’m late because nothing yet.. is sep20th and no period… I’ve gone to clinic but pregnancy test comes out neg..what else to do?? I need help

  • Jessie5

    My period is 11 days late and I just took a pregnancy test yesterday but it was negative. Is there any chance I am pregnant?

  • sha

    Hi, me n my hubby had been trying for baby for the past months. I had actually miss my period which suppose to come on 16/9 ( regular period) but it had be delay till this day. Had tested three time with negative result using Home pregnancy test kits, wonder was I pregnancy? Shd I wait for another week or so before consulting the DOC?

  • Vickie B.

    So are you saying your period started a week later than you thought it should? If that is the case, it could be a change in your environment or your body that caused the delay.

  • Vickie B.

    Until your period comes, there is always a chance. You might want to consult your doctor to see if there is something going on with your system that would cause a delay in your period.

  • Vickie B.

    Sounds like you will need to get further testing by your doctor to find out what would be causing your cycle issues.

  • Claudia Garcia

    I got my period in July and didn’t get it in august and I miss for September took pregnancy test and it’s negative I always get my period every month. What does it mean?

  • Vickie B.

    Unfortunately, there is no way we can tell you what is going on. You will need to see your doctor so he can do some tests to find out why you are skipping your period.

  • LCH

    Hey, my last period was August 27 – September 5 yes I had an unusual 10 day period which is normally 5 days my next period was due to start on September 22 but being a newly wed my husband & I have had unprotected sex daily & on September 15 he ejaculated, I took a pregnancy test 3 days before my expected period & got a negative reading. the 22nd came and went with no period so I did another test which came out negative. On October 2nd I bought another test which was also negative, I am currently 16 days late & apart from my absent cycle & negative results I cant say for sure that I am or not pregnant I just recently moved from CA to OK & am expected to pay $20 for a pregnancy test or $40 for a blood draw when back at home theyd be free Im low on cash since were just getting started so I don’t know how I will be able to know for sure, has anyone else gone through a similar situation?

  • kayla

    Hi I’m eight days late on my period and got a negative result this morning. My periods are very regular. With my other pregnancies I’ve had positive results by now. I do feel pregnant. I’m not on birth control. The pregnancy test is supposed to tell from the first day of ur missed period but I’m eight days late and a negative result. Can someone please tell me what to do. And how far along am i? Did i test to soon? My last period was september 15th —18th amd i had sex on september 28th and i was ovulating on that day also.

  • tanka1210

    Help;!!! I had my cycle Nov 20 and two weeks later I spotted for a hr or so this mth around dec15 I started cramping no period im only a day late tender breast n all I took a test and its negative ;( did I take it to soon

  • 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.

  • lesliiee

    Hii had missed my period for 4days already can I be pregnant? I told a pregnancy test the next day I missed it but it came out negative me and my boyfriend have then trying for 5months and still no baby ..? When should I try to test myself again?

  • astralinea

    hi. it has been about 8 weeks since my last period and it only last for 3 days which for me is very abnormal it usually lasts at the very least a week, i have have 6 negative urine tests and 1 negative blood test for pregnancy. i have had 3 children before so i am quite familiar with what it feels like to be pregnant, and i feel pregnant. after my last child i was told i probably shouldn’t have any more children because i have 3 blood clotting disorders they found during my last pregnancy. i have another doctor appointment later this week and i hope to get an ultrasound, i am just curious if anyone has had multiple negative blood and urine tests and actually been pregnant?

  • K

    Hi I missed my period and I’m now 2 days late bring my 3rd day today, through the last two days I was spotting browness with cramps and really bad hedaches with slight dizziness to I’m now on my 3 rd day where I have had on and off bleeding took a pgt yesterday and came back negative ??? Anyone els had this before ??

  • rehes

    hi my gf n i had a unprotected sex on 5th day of her period.. and she took emergency pill within 2 hour.. bt now it has been about 2 month she had missed her period.. .. she sometimes hav cramp on her lower abdomen bt it goes vain some time n .. sometime white liqid flows n stop.. is she pregnant

  • Vickie B.

    Did she take a pregnancy test? If she got a negative, it may be that the emergency pill messed up her cycles due to the fact that the pill contains hormones.

  • Vickie B.

    Did your period arrive yet? If not, you should definitely take another test (I’m sure you have already!) and visit your doctor 1) if you are pregnant or 2) if you are not pregnant so the doctor can help you figure out what is going on.,

  • juliananamagembe


    i am juliana and am 21 years old now,i have missed my periods for now 5months, and i dont know why, because i dont take pills, and i am not pregnant, what would be the cause?
    please advise me

  • Vickie B.

    There are a lot of reasons why you might not get your period. This article on this page actually describes reasons why you might be missing your period. Maybe you need to go and see your doctor to find out why you are not having a regular cycle.

  • Carol1212

    I fooled around with a guy, and at sometime while we were fooling around my underwear moved and his penis brushed against my vagina. This was no ejactulation or penetration, but there may have been some precum, but I don’t remember. This happened about 6-7 weeks ago. I have been stressing ever since that I got pregnant from that. I had my period from July 1-7, so I should have had a period around the beginning of august, but I skipped and haven’t had one yet. I should note I am very irregular(I skip more than I actually have periods and have cysts on my ovaries). I took a home test a week after I skipped and then went to the doctor a week after the home test and both came out negative. Then a week after that I had an ultrasound done on my abdominal to look at the cyst and uterine lining and there was nothing but the cysts. I still haven’t had my period yet but should I still be worried??

  • Carol1212

    Also I’m a virgin and this is my first scare

  • Ajkeshhsdfjlsdgyf

    Hello. I have been on birth control for awhile but don’t take the pill at the same time every night and occasionally miss a night here and there. My boyfriend and I have had unprotected sex and I just have a feeling I’m pregnant. I have had nausea and vomiting (which is a daily thing for me due to medical issues) but along with that I have experienced tender, sore breasts, fatigue (causing me to nap -or want/need to nap if I’m working and am not able- which is very rare for me), a somewhat heightened sense of smell, and an increased appetite (which too is very rare for me due to my medical issues). I have gained 10 lbs recently which hasn’t happened since my medical conditions began. If anything, I always lose weight, gain a couple lbs, then just lose again. I had my period half a month ago around the time it wa due so I don’t know if I’m just being paranoid or if I should be concerned about being pregnant. A couple of days ago I took a pregnancy test at night and it came back negative, so the next morning I took a second one as soon as I woke up and it came back negative. I am prescribed phenergran and read online that phenergran could cause an inaccurate reading on a PT. If I’m pregnant I need to stop taking all my meds immediately so I don’t know if that could just be causing me to be paranoid.. If anyone has any advice I would greatly appreciate it!!

  • Crissy

    Hi my last period was July 28th and we’ll I’m 7 days late but I’ve taken 2 tests and they were both negitive can I still possibly be pregnant or is something else going on ?

  • Vickie B.

    With all the testing you did and all the negative results, I think you are pretty safe to assume you are not pregnant.

  • Carol1212

    I still have yet to have my period but I’m not too worried about that. I just started birth control a few days ago for the cysts, and I have been having pain in my low back, sometimes sharp, but usually dull and annoying. And I have been having pain like period pains in my lower abdominal, but no signs my period is coming. Is this normal?

  • Vickie B.

    Based on the need to stop medications, you really need to get checked out by your doctor just to be sure unless your period is due soon. In that case, just wait to see what happens with that and then make the decision to go see the doctor.

  • Vickie B.

    It could be either, though if you are a week late and still are not having positive tests, I would guess that something else is at play here. There are many reasons why your period might be late. They are listed in the article above. If you have experienced any of the stuff listed above, that could be the cause of the delayed period.

  • Vickie B.

    Unfortunately, when you first start on the birth control, you can have symptoms like you are experiencing.

  • Carol1212

    Thank you very much! I’ve been very concered with this and stressing myself silly over this matter. But I greatly appreciate your response and it has made me feel better knowing I’m not pregnant and these sympothms are more or less normal:)

  • Ajkeshhsdfjlsdgyf

    Some women do have periods like normal sometimes even though pregnant, correct?

  • Shanquanette jones

    I took three pregnancy test a couple weeks ago,and they all came back negative..but all the sign there that im pregnant I feel pregnant,I look pregnant..not to mention I got a 6 month. Old baby….I need help im bout to go crazy.

  • Vickie B.

    You really need to go see your doctor if you are having pregnancy symptoms but keep getting negative test results.

  • Angela Solis

    Hi, I am 40 years old, and just had a period. I took a test and its negative, but I am cramping bad, could I still be pregnant, or could I be going through the change ? Please help me !

  • Angie

    I am 40 years old and just had a 2 day period instead of my usual 5 day periods. I took a home pregnancy test, and its negative. Could I still be pregnant, or could I possibly be going through menopause? Please help.

  • Ashley

    Hi I’m 14 days late and I have took 3 test and all. Say negative I have a 28 day cycle normal my last period was August the 8th 2o14 and lasted only 4 days

  • Ashley

    What should I do

  • Ashley

    Someone please give me some advice

  • vicky

    According to my period tracker I ovulated on or around September 3rd. Today is September 20th. Every test I’ve taken comes out negative. I’m more hungry, peeing very very frequently was feeling some cramping about a week and a half ago. I’ve gotten a few headaches, no sore breats, no vomiting but im always kinda nauseous (sometimes more than others) my period is 3 days late. Could I be pregnant? Maybe im just testing to early?
    Me and my husband are trying!

  • Vicky

    You should go to your doctors office.

  • Vickie B.

    Both are possible. If you were pregnant and the 2 day period arrived when it should have (though shorter than usual) the pregnancy test should have shown up positive. You might want to get your hormones checked by your doctor. If you are perimenopausal, the levels might be able to confirm that.

  • Vickie B.

    If you are already late, you aren’t testing too early. I would suggest waiting a day and testing again. If you typically have a regular cycle that shows up on time, you might want to go and see your doctor if your period doesn’t arrive soon.

  • Vickie B.

    Very unlikely that you could get pregnant that close to when your period is due. Being all stressed out can cause your period to be late.

  • McKenna

    I take a light birth control but missed my period August and now I’m supposed to get it now, but I’m not feeling any normal ump tons for getting my period. I have two tests that came out negative an am not feelings any symptoms of pregnancy whatsoever. I just stopped using birth control yesterday but that wouldn’t play a part since I did no get my peopd last month. Me and my boyfriend did break up and have been having alot of problems within the last two months and school for me jut started so I’m pretty stressed out and tired. Anyone have any advise?

  • vicky

    Thanks im still testing negative and now im a week late. Doctors it is.

  • Vickie B.

    Sounds like you have had a lot of stress in your life. That could most definitely cause your period to be delayed. The birth control could also play a part in your missed period. You may want to go to the doctor just to get a check up to make sure everything is okay.

  • lora

    PLEASE COMMENT? I was stressed out the week before i was supposed to get my period for about 2 days. But now i still haven’t gotten my period or any symptoms at all for 11 days since i was supposed to have it. I have been exhausted lately, and often felt sick after eating however. And 23 days since conception would have happened. My husband and I have been trying to conceive for about 5 months now with no luck. Finally i have missed a period, but were unsure because of the stress thing. I have taken 2 pregnancy tests, both were negative. however its been 3 days since then and still no signs of a period. I am very consistent on my period. And very hopeful even though the pregnancy test was negative. I have always been a little underweight and with that my hormone levels haven’t always been what they have supposed to be. Am i only getting my hopes high for nothing? Or is there a chance i could be pregnant? Should i get a blood test done?

  • Vickie B.

    Stress and underweight could be players in why your period is late. If the urine tests keep coming back negative, visiting your doctor about a blood test might be in order. Also, you might want to see if you can get your hormone levels tested to see if everything is okay on that front.

  • bg012787

    Hi I have a question I was on the implanon I got off it like five mths I had my period on the eight of Sep now I havnt started my period and a preg test I took was negative?

  • DD. coleman

    I had a period Aug 1-5
    Then other Aug 29-sept 3 ….about 8 days later sept 11 I had light bleeding for 3 days.
    My next period was due Sept 29. But it hasn’t come. I had set sept 4th with my boyfriend. We thought I was pregnant but all 3 pregnancy test were negative. Will it matter if I bought them from the dollar store? My period is almost 2 wks late

  • bg012787

    Plis reply Hi I have a question I was on the implanon I got off it like five mths I had my period on the eight of Sep now I havnt started my period and a preg test I took was negative?

  • Jhing

    Hi I had my period on the 22nd of aug 2014 and up until now I still haven’t got my period my last sexual intercourse with my husband was on 22nd of sept before he flew back abroad . I felt very tired and eating a lot (not my usual self) and one day my boobs felt sore and my nipple it last for a couples of day and now I’m feeling a slightly cramps on my lower abdomen I tried A HPT and it comes negative? Till now still don’t have my period

  • Vickie B.

    The dollar store tests are pretty good unless they were expired. I would try a regular brand like first response or clear blue to see if the results are the same. If negative, you should talk with your doctor about the reasons why your period may be late.

  • Vickie B.

    Hormonal birth control can cause irregular periods for a little while after stopping taking it.So you may have late or missing periods for a while. If you are really concerned, make an appointment with your doctor to get checked out.

  • Vickie B.

    Unfortunately, I’m not able to give you much advice other than to not give up hope. You can’t say you aren’t pregnant until your period arrives. If you had normal 28 cycles, you might want to contact your doctor to find out what they think.

  • Nikkieo

    I stopped my pill in August and I’ve had one period since,,,, I’ve come off the pill once before and had regular and normal cycles, but this time I’ve not come on since just before the end of August and I’ve be researching and pill withdrawal symptoms are very similar to pregnancy symptoms (I’ve got a lot of symptoms from cramping, tender breasts, some what of cravings and some nausea) . I’ll be 3 weeks late this Sunday , I’ve taken 2 tests and they have both come out negative. I don’t know what to do. Should I wait longer and test again? Or should I go to the doctors?

    I’ve also read on many pages that 9 out of 15 women get false negatives. Also when my mum was pregnant with me she got 6 false negatives… I’m really stuck on what to do… Please help
    Many thanks guys xxx

  • Kaitlynne

    I’m having the same problem. I had my period August 13 2014 and I’m close to 3 weeks late. I’ve taken 3 pregnancy test all negative. Went to the dr today for blood work. Won’t know anything until Monday. What are the odds that I’m pregnant?

  • Vickie B.

    It doesn’t hurt to go and see the doctor about this. Make sure they are aware of the fact that your mom got false negatives when she was pregnant. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if you ended up having the same thing happen.


    Can anyone help I’m driving myself insane! I an 5 days late and experiencing increased white / clear discharge (keep thinking I’ve started af but nothing. I’m having some early pregnancy symptoms like sickness for three days tingling sensation in breasts and exhausted! I’ve had a negative test but with my little girl I didn’t have a positive test until 9 weeks. Am I just crazy!

  • Legacy

    I have and iud my last period was on Sept 17 2014 I had unprotected sex on the 20th and around the first week of Oct and I still haven’t seen my period can I possibly be pregnant?

  • Ray

    Ok so my period was suppose to come on the 11th of October. .Me and my boyfriend had alot of unprotected sex and my last period was September I feel nausea a lot when I wake up and during the rest of the day..I took a pregnancy test and it said negative im not sure whats going on but I told him there a possibility so he knows..any answers??

  • ray

    Almost any smell of food and the site of food just makes me sick

  • Vickie B.

    Unfortunately, with your experience with your little girl, you may find that you have the same results with new pregnancies. You may want to wait it out or contact your doctor – especially if you have the same doctor as with your daughter. They may have some advice for you.

  • Vickie B.

    It’s very unlikely due to the iud but possible. Have you taken a pregnancy test?

  • Vickie B.

    Unfortunately, if you had sex when you ovulated, pregnancy is possible. If the pregnancy tests keep being negative, and your period doesn’t arrive, you should visit your doctor to find out what is going on.

  • Bert

    My girlfriend has been having late period,she always got it the 15 but these past months it went to the 18,then last month she got it the 21 and this month she still hasn’t gotten it.she took 2 First Response pregnancy test,both came out negative…what’s going on?

  • Vickie B.

    It could be that her cycle is shifting a little. My guess is that she didn’t always get it on the 15th, unless she had an irregular cycle to start with.

    If the dates were:
    July 15
    34 day cycle
    August 18
    34 day cycle
    September 21

    Based on that, she should have gotten her period yesterday or today.

  • Anna

    Hi there
    I have been on my pill for years and have never missed a period. I took the period pills and still nothing showed. During that time I was due to get another pack from docs. Period still hasn’t arrived and I’m on my 3-4th week n waiting.. Decided to not take pill until I have a period (which usually shows within week of not taking pill) in the meantime we are using condoms. Do you think I should be worried. I have very tender breasts and have done for a week now. Not stressed or anything. No preg symptoms. I have very weak guts and go to the toilet often. I heard this can affect the pill??

  • confusedddddd.

    Hello! I have a question as well! I’m having a very odd situation and I’m not necessarily sure what to think at this point. My last normal period was the beginning of September. Somewhere within the first one or two days. I had unprotected sex on the 20th and 21st using the pull out method. I didn’t get my period at all in October. It should have been the first week of October but it never came. I got a brown discharge for a few days in there but that’s it. No breast tenderness, no cramps, nothing. Just this past Saturday, I started bleeding. It’s been extremely light though. Over the course of this, I’ve taken several test and they’ve all been negative. I went to the doctor for a urine test as well and that was negative too. I tested when I first missed and about once a week since. I’ve gained about three pounds and it’s really hard for me to gain weight. I’ve been feeling better these past few days but up until then, I was exhausted and feeling sick to my stomach randomly. My husband is starting to think I’m insane because I keep insisting I’m pregnant but nothing is supporting this. My body definitely feels different but all of my tests are negative. I just don’t know what to do. I’m hoping to be pregnant.

  • confusedddddd.

    Someone, please reply!

  • James

    My girlfriend hasn’t had a period in two months, last time being on 31 august. She tested twice, and twice was negative, yet we can’t understand how is this possible. She has most of the symptoms of a menstruation, but without blood, for over a week, and she doesn’t eat more than usual, she doesn’t have nausea, she didn’t get fat. Please help us with an advice.

  • Vickie B.

    Unfortunately, this is really something you need to discuss with your doctor. Hormonal birth control can create all sort of odd issues in your body. If you aren’t having unprotected sex, I wouldn’t really worry about being pregnant.

  • Vickie B.

    If you are underweight that could affect your period arriving as it should. At this point, if you are pregnant, you should be able to see it via an ultrasound. You really need to discuss this with your doctor as there have been cases when the pregnancy tests just don’t show up positive for some reason.

  • Vickie B.

    It sounds like she has some sort of hormonal imbalance. You may want to have her go see a doctor to see what they say.

  • sanchez49

    Hi I’m 49 I’m pretty regular every 28 days a fees ago a notice a white milky discharge and now I’m 2 weeks late I took 2 home pregnancy test came bk with a faint line showing positive so went to the Dr and they dd my blood work came bk negative…I get a cll that I’m prolactin hw can produce breast milk if I’m not pregnant you can notice my breast growing…she also sd I’m not menopausing so could be a possibility I’m pregnant?? I’m going for a sonogram nxt week but I’m getting really bad dizzy spells …very you have anything I can go by
    Thank u

  • Vickie B.

    If you are two weeks late, the pregnancy test should definitely be a bit darker. What brand of test were you using? Ultimately the sonogram should give you some answers. Unfortunately, I don’t have any feedback for you as your issues are beyond what I know or have heard of before.

  • Nikii

    Ok so today is 11-4-14 i was due to have my period 10-26-14 still havent gotten it! I had sex the 3rd of october and the next day i took the take action pill (day after pill) a week from that i had a yeast infection and was on antibiotics for atleast two weeks. (All this was before the 26) so one day before i was to have my period i took a pregnancy test and got a negative results. So i waited a week later after my missed period took another one with a negative result! Idk im really worried idntknow if its stress! During the same time i had to train all month for a new manager position at work. Idk help me plzz

  • Vickie B.

    Wow, you had a lot going on last month. The pill you took could be the reason your period is off this month. It is hormonally based and will through your natural balance off. The other thing that could cause your period to be late is that you had the infection and were on antibiotics. As the pregnancy tests were both negative, I’d think that is actually the case. The other things are most likely the culprit for your late period this month.

  • Nikki

    Thank you soooooooo much!!!!

  • parijat

    hi…My frnd had unprotected sex in the mnth of May. But after dat she took birthcontrol pills. She got her periods in the the mnth of June and July. But aftr dat she had missed her periods and still waiting. She underwent a homepregnency test even and it was negative .Even no sympotms are present .what may me d reasons for missed periods.

  • Destiny

    Hello, I’m having some issues and I’m not sure if you guys can help. I had “protected” sex (I think he may have slipped the condom without telling me) between the 5th and 6th of October with my period date being the 20th through 23rd, I am going to be 18 days late for my period on Sunday. I have taken 2 at home tests and a single blood test with my doctor, all have come back negative. I’m not sure if I’m pregnant or not, I haven’t been stressed and something just feels off, like back pain, breast tenderness, headaches (today being the worst) and feeling constantly cold. I’m not sure if maybe the tests were all done too early or not. Any advice? I’m also waiting for test results for Thyroid issues because they run in my family (Graves Disease). Thank you!

  • Vickie B.

    There are several reasons period can arrive late. You can read about them on this webpage. If she is concerned, she needs to go and see a doctor.

  • Vickie B.

    The timing for getting pregnant doesn’t seem right so I don’t think that is what is going on for you especially if the urine tests and blood test has come back negative. It sounds like you have something going on that is stressing your system. Hopefully the doctors will be able to figure it out for you.

  • johnjacobjingleheimershmit

    well, here is a story very similar to many already here. sort of. The last time I had sex was in July, its November now. There was only one or two times when it could have been possible to become pregnant. I was taking BC pills but I was doing horrible with keeping up with them everyday and at least once a week i would have to double up because i skipped a day. I knew my system was faulty so I urged to use a condom… periods have always been irregular and at the time I was extremely stressed out so I didn’t think anything of my first one In late July (i think) my next one in late August was also irregular being fairly lighter than usual. The funny thing is I don’t remember having a period in September because my last one was around aug 24-27 and my next one was Oct. 8. I don’t think that’s enough time to have another cycle in between. I should have kept track! My October cycle only lasted 3 days and obviously was very light. Now it’s November 10th and I have yet to see any signs of my period, although about 2 days ago my nipples seemed to be a bit bigger and really sensitive, they felt like needles were pricking every centimeter. I kept checking to see if they were bleeding even! my small chest seems to be a bit plumper also. Usually my boobs plump up a little before my period but not this much. I’ve taken 3 pregnancy tests that were all negative. I haven’t taken birth control since July. I can’t figure it out! I feel like I’ve researched it too much and I’m making my mind up that I’m pregnant but I have so many symptoms it’s ridiculous.

  • parijat

    Any chance of pregnancy?

  • Vickie B.

    Until she gets her period, the chance of pregnancy is there.

  • parijat

    But after sex in the mnth of may..c got her period twice and den missed it

  • Chris and kayla

    I’m almost two months without a period and I have taken 5 tests and they all say I’m not pregnant. I have gained and ten pounds. Could the tests be wrong?

  • Nikki

    Hi me again so tuesday-Thursday i had some light bleeding. Idk if would call it a period! Normally my period last for 3 or 4 days. But this time it wasnt heavy as normally! Mmm i dont know what to think! Is it possible i could be pregnant?

  • Vickie B.

    They could be if you haven’t had a period. While not common, there have been cases when the tests just don’t work for some reason. Chances are you have something else going on that is disrupting your cycle regularity.

  • Vickie B.

    It sounds like you should be visiting your doctor to figure out what is going on with you. If you aren’t pregnant and are not taking hormonal birth control, it looks like you have something else going on that is causing issues with your menstrual cycle.

  • Vickie B.

    I don’t think so as you did get a period. You said you had a more hectic month and that probably messed with your hormone levels. That could cause a lighter than normal period.

  • Nikki

    Mm okay! Cause i did take another test that read negative so maybe im over reacting!

  • Steph

    Hi. I have a question. I had my period on the Oct 15th. Then I had light bleeding on the 25th that lasted 3 days. I don’t know which to go by to track if my period is late. If I go by the 15th, today would be 5 days that I’m late. I have had many pregnancy symptoms but I took a test 3 days ago and it was neg. Any thoughts?

  • Steph

    Hi. I have a question. I had my period on the Oct 15th. Then I had light bleeding on the 25th that lasted 3 days. I don’t know which to go by to track if my period is late. If I go by the 15th, today would be 5 days that I’m late. I have had many pregnancy symptoms but I took a test 3 days ago and it was neg. Any thoughts?

  • Hooram Khan

    Can i share my problm plz?

  • Hooram Khan

    Reply plz

  • Ashley Curella

    About a week ago I started my period but it only lasted an hour and hasn’t come back yet all week I felt crampy and had a lot of head aches took a test it came up negative me and my husband are trying for another baby should I get a blood test or just wait?

  • Ashley

    Hey I found out I was pregnant on Halloween night but I miscarried on November 5th of 2014 but I think I may be pregnant again this would be my 5th pregnancy when do you think would be a good time to find out and see

  • Ashley

    I found out I was pregnant on Halloween night but I miscarried on November 5th of 2014 but I think I may be pregnant again this would make baby number 5 if I am when do you think would be a good time to see if I am please any advice would be helpful

  • krista

    Hi..the first day of my last period was Oct 3. My husband and I were active both on the 18th and 25th. I have not gotten my period yet but 2 clear blue pregnancy tests show negative. I don’t know what to think?

  • Melissa Baker

    Hello ok i had a miscarriage in August. I had finally gt my regular cycle on the 14 of October it lasted for 5 days . I had sex 20-22 the 25,29 and the 1 it says i ovulated on the 28. My cycle was due on the 11 of November I took a test that friday and it came out negative. Can u tell me y it came back negative

  • Karina

    Hi I need some advise please. LMP was 22nd October. Unprotected sex 30th October, Levonelle (morning after pill) taken 31st October but had unprotected sex again on 31st Oct and 3rd Nov. Then had a bleed lasting 3 days, 2 weeks early. I have since had unprotected sex. I have read that I should expect my normal period as usual despite the bleed I had after taking the MAP. So I would have been due 19th Nov. I am now 2 days nearly 3 days late. Did a pregnancy test day before my period was due (18th) but it was negative. When should I next do a test?

  • Vickie B.

    Do you know how long your cycle usually is? Have you been keeping track of previous months? The light bleeding could have been ovulatory bleeding or breakthrough bleeding and not a period. I see that you posted this about a week ago. Did your period arrive?

  • Vickie B.

    I’d suggest you go to the doctor to see if they think a blood test is warranted.

  • Vickie B.

    It really depends on how long your cycle usually is. It 18th might have been right on the mark for when you were ovulating so pregnancy would be possible. Clearblue is usually pretty accurate so??

  • Vickie B.

    You timed things correctly so the chance of pregnancy was definitely there. There are many reasons why your period may be late. You can read about them here:

  • Vickie B.

    Well, when you take the MAP it can mess with your hormone balance. The bleeding you had mid cycle would most likely be due to that. If your period started on the 22nd, you should have ovulated on the 3rd of November so the unprotected sex around that time could have resulted in pregnancy. I would test again in a day or so to see if you are pregnant.

  • Vickie B.

    If you did get pregnant right away, the earliest you should test would be at the end of the first week in December.

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