It is Possible to Have a False Negative Pregnancy Test Result?




False Negative Pregnancy Tests

At Your Options Medical, we have found that after some of our patients take a pregnancy test and see the negative result, they assume that they are definitely not pregnant. However, this is not always the case. False negative pregnancy tests do occur. In fact, it is possible to have a negative result on a pregnancy test and actually be pregnant. Here is how it works:

The goal of a urine pregnancy test is to test the urine for a hormone called hCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin). This is the hormone your body produces during pregnancy. When urine is placed into a pregnancy test, is it being tested for the presence of this hCG hormone. If hCG is detected in the urine sample, the result of the pregnancy test should read with a positive result. However, there are a few reasons why a pregnant woman can take a pregnancy test and have the result read negative including:

-If the pregnancy is very early on, the hCG hormone levels may be too slight for a pregnancy test to detect. The earliest time to take a pregnancy test to receive an accurate result is typically a few days after you were due to begin your period.

-Also, if a woman’s urine is extremely watered down then the pregnancy test may not be able to detect the hCG hormone especially early on in pregnancy. The best time of day to take a pregnancy test is first thing in the morning when a woman’s urine is highly concentrated.

If you have had a negative pregnancy test, but are experiencing typical pregnancy symptoms such as –nausea –vomiting –tiredness –loss of appetite, etc. It is always best to contact your doctor as there may be something happening with your body other than pregnancy.

If you think you might be pregnant because you have missed your period, know that there are other reasons you may have missed your period besides pregnancy. To learn more, check out our blog.

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If you are not sure if you are pregnant but think you might be, Your Options Medical can offer you pregnancy testing and so much more all at no-cost to you and we do not require insurance.

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27 responses to “It is Possible to Have a False Negative Pregnancy Test Result?

  1. So I took 2 pregnancy tests both after 14 days of when my period usually began. Both came out negative. Does that mean I’m not pregnant?

    1. Hi Cadederial, Not necessarily. As presented in the blog, there are multiple reasons why you could receive a false negative result on a pregnancy test. If you would like to speak with one of our nurses who could answer more questions for you, please call 617-419-6112. They will be happen to speak further with you.

  2. Hi! I missed my period twice, took the 1st pregnancy test after 6 weeks from my last period and it came out negative. Took another 2 PTs 2 weeks after and still negative. However, I sometimes feel nauseous and my head always hurt. Does that mean I might be pregnant? BTW my cycle is irregular. Couldnt schedule a checkup with an OB GYNE cause my area is in lockdown due to COVID 19.

    1. Hi Chris, I so apologize for the delay in our response. It is possible you might be pregnant. We could offer you free pregnancy testing and time with a nurse to ask your questions. Please call 617-419-6112 and we would be happy to serve you.

  3. I’m on nexplanon but still feel like I might be pregnant even though the four different brands of the many test all said negative. I have so many of the feelings that I had early in previous pregnancies. I don’t know how to ask without sounding crazy for a blood test or just wait it out…

    1. Hi Charlotte, I apologize for the delay in our response. It is possible you might be pregnant. We could offer you free pregnancy testing; however, we do not have blood tests. If you would like to schedule an appointment please call 617-419-6112. You could ask your doctor for a blood test simply explaining the situation. If you are having pregnancy symptoms and have any concerns, it is always good to contact your doctor.

  4. I have taken 2 home pregnancy test and both were negative. I haven’t had a cycle since March 3 and I have nausea, vomiting, my stomach is extremely bloated and cramps a lot, headaches, tender and full breast. I feel crazy is there any way I am not pregnant or a reason that I am testing negative if I am pregnant? My cramps have been so bad that I have went to ER and they tested me as well and urine test was negative. I really need to know if I am because my son was born stillborn and 2 years later I was diagnosed with MTHFR with my daughter and I know it is important to start treatment early in pregnancy.

    1. Hi Stacy, I apologize for the delay in our response. You may be pregnant and testing negative on urine tests, some women have to take blood tests in order to receive an accurate result. If you think you might be pregnant and need a blood test, you could contact your doctor and request a blood test.

  5. I’ve had my IUD removed maybe 2 weeks ago now. This week alone I’ve been waking up nauseous and losing my appetite while eating and I’ve taken many test and all have come back negative but my body just doesn’t feel right? Should I contact my doctor?

    1. Hi Gabrielle, If you have any concerns after having an IUD removed it would be good to contact the doctor who prescribed the IUD so you can ask questions and they can address your concerns.

    1. Hi Sis, It is possible to receive a false negative result on a pregnancy test. It may be too early to test or there could be something else going on. If you would like to schedule an appointment for free pregnancy testing, please call 617-419-6112.

  6. I didnt have period since my last pregnancy im a bit nauseous took taste and was negative can it still be im pregnant

    1. Hi Gs, It is possible you might be pregnant. If you would like to schedule an appointment for free pregnancy testing, please call 617-419-6112. You can also contact your personal doctor if you think you might be pregnant and would like to request a blood test.

  7. I Have been nauseous for over a week now my period isnt for another 4 days. I thought that if I am feeling nauseous already then I could test positive, however, I’ve taken 4 tests and 1digital, I thought I seen a line on the last 2 tests but they are hardly noticeable and everyone says they dont see the line, I’m sure it’s part of an evaporation line at this point.

    1. Hi Sam, we typically recommend taking a pregnancy test a few days after you are due to begin your period. If you think you might be pregnant, we can offer you medical-grade pregnancy testing, possible ultrasound if medical criteria is met (positive pregnancy test, no current bleeding, etc.), and pregnancy options counseling. If you would like to schedule an appointment, please call 617-419-6112 and we will be happy to help and answer your questions.

  8. Hi, I’m Kayley. I haven’t had my period in over a month. Beginning last weekend I was nauseous and began throwing up. It’s stopped for a day or so and came back yesterday. I’ve been having headaches, peeing constantly, and I’m always tired no matter how much sleep I get. I went to the doctor Saturday and they did a urine test but it came back negative. When my mom was pregnant with me and my two brothers her urine tests never showed up positive so she always had to get blood tests to make sure she was and I’m just confused on what to do and if I could be pregnant.

    1. Hi Kayley, I am so sorry to hear you have not been feeling well. If you think you might be pregnant and are experiencing some symptoms, we could offer you free pregnancy testing. Please know though we offer medical quality pregnancy tests, they are urine tests only. If you would like to make an appointment, please call 617-419-6112. If you would like to get a blood test done, you can ask your doctor for this test.

  9. Am I the only one here who tested positive but turns out it was just false pregnancy, rather than the pregnancy test being false? This might be ridiculous, but could you tell and explain to me anyway on what happened in my very different case from most comments?

    1. Hi Juanita, How can I help you today? If you would like to have a private conversation offline, please call 617-419-6112 or text 508-251-9022.Thank you!

  10. I had irregular bleeding, not like my period for 2.5 days, and spotting for 2 days. All pregnancy symptoms but my blood test came out negative. My symptoms are getting worse, and the bleeding has stopped but still have cramps. Is it possible to be pregnant with the hook effect? We inseminated June 21st and the 24th.

    1. Hi Crystal! Thank you for your comment. It is possible that you could be pregnant. We can offer you free pregnancy testing and possible ultrasound if medical criteria is met. If you would like to schedule an appointment, please call 617-419-6112. However, since you are having symptoms and already received a negative blood test, I would speak with your doctor directly.

  11. I been experiencing symptoms for a week now . Cramping and lower back pain, feel like I have to throw up and breasts sore. I’m have 10 days until my period expected to arrive and I took pregnancy test but all shows negative. I’m also peeing and extremely tired. My stomach feels bloated and I’m experiencing tight muscle pain one one side of abdomen.

    1. Hi Tareisha, Thank you for your comment. We typically recommend taking a pregnancy test after you have missed your period. If you would like to schedule an appointment with Your Options Medical for free pregnancy testing, please call 617-419-6112 or text 508-251-9022. If you are concerned, it is always good to contact your doctor.

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