Is it Possible to Have a False-Negative Pregnancy Test Result?




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False-Negative Pregnancy Tests

At Your Options Medical, we have found that when many of our patients have a negative pregnancy test result, they assume they are not pregnant. However, this is not always the case. False negative pregnancy tests do occur. Here is how it works:

A urine pregnancy test detects the hormone called hCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin). This is the hormone your body produces during pregnancy. When urine is being tested for the presence of this hCG hormone and a woman is pregnant, the result of the pregnancy test should read positive. However, there are a few reasons a pregnancy test can give a false test result including the following:

  • In early pregnancy, the hCG hormone levels may be too low for a pregnancy test to detect. The earliest time to test for an accurate result is 7-10 days after a missed period.
  • The best time of day to take a pregnancy test is first thing in the morning when a woman’s urine is highly concentrated. Because urine may be less concentrated later in the day, the test may not be able to detect the hCG hormone.
  • If you have had a negative pregnancy test, but are experiencing pregnancy-like symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, tiredness, loss of appetite, etc. it is always best to contact your doctor to access for causes unrelated to pregnancy.
  • There is always the possibility of human error when performing home pregnancy tests. It is important to follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Most pregnancy tests require you to let the test set for 3-5 minutes. If the test is left beyond the recommended set time, this could produce a false test result.
  • If you had a tubal ligation (i.e. tubes tied), are experiencing pregnancy-like symptoms, and test negative on a pregnancy test, contact your medical doctor to assess for causes unrelated to pregnancy.

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

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872 responses to “Is it Possible to Have a False-Negative Pregnancy Test Result?

  1. Hi, thanks for all you do.
    I have don’t feel well, my period is late and I’ve done 3 pregnancy test in 3 weeks, they all came out negative.
    The problem is that, every 5 to 15mins in a day, I begin to sweat and feel dizziness, plus I puked a couple of times. I don’t know what is happening because I don’t feel other pregnancy symptoms but, my period is late and the tests are negative.
    What should I do? Thanks

    1. Hello Deola,
      Thank you for reaching out to Your Options Medical with your concern.
      At this point, with the information you’ve provided, I would suggest that you call your doctor for a timely consult as to why you are having these symptoms.
      Typically, we recommend the best time to take a pregnancy test is one week after you are due to start your period. Also, the best time to test is first thing in the morning. If the test reads negative, we recommend testing again in about one week. It sounds like you have already done this. You may want to consider requesting a blood pregnancy test from your primary care physician or OB/GYN as these tests are more accurate at detecting pregnancy than urine tests. This way if pregnancy is ruled out, your doctor can further assess your symptoms.
      If your symptoms persist you should seek medical attention.

      If your blood test comes back positive, the next step would be to have an ultrasound to determine if you are definitely pregnant. You would want to ensure the person performing the ultrasound confirms the following four things: 1). If the pregnancy is in the uterus. 2). Measure to determine the dating of your pregnancy (how far along you are). 3). If there is a detectable heartbeat. 4). If there are multiple babies or just one.

      At Your Options Medical, we provide free pregnancy testing, ultrasound, and pregnancy options counseling. To schedule your confidential appointment, please call or text 508-251-9022.

      Thank you, again for reaching out and please do not hesitate to contact us in the future if we can be of any further help.

      Best Regards,

      Barbara, RN

    2. My tubes tied my last period was June 5th ain’t come on in July my period is late take a pregnancy test it was negative what should I do

      1. Hello Kyana,
        Thank you for reaching out to Your Options Medical with your concern.
        Typically, we recommend the best time to take a pregnancy test is one week after you are due to start your period. Also, the best time to test is first thing in the morning. If the test reads negative, we recommend testing again in about one week. You may have already done all that. So, next you may want to consider requesting a blood pregnancy test from your primary care physician or OB/GYN as these tests are more accurate at detecting pregnancy than urine tests. This way if pregnancy is ruled out, your doctor can further assess your symptoms.

        If your blood test comes back positive, the next step would be to have an ultrasound to determine if you are definitely pregnant. You would want to ensure the person performing the ultrasound confirms the following four things: 1). If the pregnancy is in the uterus. 2). Measure to determine the dating of your pregnancy (how far along you are). 3). If there is a detectable heartbeat. 4). If there are multiple babies or just one.

        At Your Options Medical, we provide free pregnancy testing, ultrasound, and pregnancy options counseling. To schedule your confidential appointment, please call or text 508-251-9022.

        Thank you, again for reaching out and please do not hesitate to contact us in the future if we can be of any further help.

        Best Regards,

        Barbara, RN

  2. Hi oky so i Tested Negative for pregnacy take not near my meanstruate date .. my Right Breast is some wat longer then my left side i am vomitting im dizzy and dont want to eat

    1. Hello Chandre,
      Thank you for reaching out to Your Options Medical with your concern.
      Typically, we recommend the best time to take a pregnancy test is one week after you are due to start your period. Also, the best time to test is first thing in the morning. If the test reads negative, we recommend testing again in about one week. You may want to consider requesting a blood pregnancy test from your primary care physician or OB/GYN as these tests are more accurate at detecting pregnancy than urine tests. This way if pregnancy is ruled out, your doctor can further assess your symptoms.
      If symptoms persist and pregnancy tests continue to be negative, seek medical attention.

      If your blood test comes back positive, the next step would be to have an ultrasound to determine if you are definitely pregnant. You would want to ensure the person performing the ultrasound confirms the following four things: 1). If the pregnancy is in the uterus. 2). Measure to determine the dating of your pregnancy (how far along you are). 3). If there is a detectable heartbeat. 4). If there are multiple babies or just one.

      At Your Options Medical, we provide free pregnancy testing, ultrasound, and pregnancy options counseling. To schedule your confidential appointment, please call or text 508-251-9022.

      Thank you, again for reaching out and please do not hesitate to contact us in the future if we can be of any further help.

      Best Regards,

      Barbara, RN

  3. Hey, I’m not sure what is going on with me I’m having pregnancy symptoms but my test are negative . I’m not sure why exactly but I’m having lower back pains , nausea, barely eating when I do depending what it is comes back up. According to AF I’m 8 days late however I did bleed 2 days before my actual period not sure if it was implant bleeding or my period. My first child I know I was almost 6 weeks before showing up in a test and if I’m pregnant according to AF I’m 5w4d .

    1. Hello Tori,

      Thank you for reaching out to Your Options Medical with your concern.

      ‪ Typically, we recommend the best time to take a pregnancy test is one week after you are due to start your period. Also, the best time to test is first thing in the morning. If the test reads negative, we recommend testing again in about one week. You may want to consider requesting a blood pregnancy test from your primary care physician or OB/GYN as these tests are more accurate at detecting pregnancy than urine tests. This way if pregnancy is ruled out, your doctor can further assess your symptoms.

      If symptoms persist and pregnancy tests continue to be negative, seek medical attention.

      If your blood test comes back positive, the next step would be to have an ultrasound to determine if you are definitely pregnant. You would want to ensure the person performing the ultrasound confirms the following four things: 1). If the pregnancy is in the uterus. 2). Measure to determine the dating of your pregnancy (how far along you are). 3). If there is a detectable heartbeat. 4). If there are multiple babies or just one.

      At Your Options Medical, we provide free pregnancy testing, ultrasound, and pregnancy options counseling. To schedule your confidential appointment, please call or text 508-251-9022.

      Thank you, again for reaching out and please do not hesitate to contact us in the future if we can be of any further help.

      Best Regards,

      Barbara, RN

  4. Hello, so I had unprotected sex around second week of July and on 2 occasions I took postinor (I’ve never taken it before) reaching too when I normally expect my period I’ve been having pregnancy symptoms ( my boobs hurt so bad, I hardly experienced this when I get my period) I’ve taken 2 blood test to find out if I’m pregnant but all say negative and I haven’t still gotten my period although it’s just a day late but I’m so scared of getting pregnant. What do u advise please

    1. Hello Timi,

      Thank you for reaching out to Your Options Medical with your concern.

      Typically, we recommend the best time to take a pregnancy test is one week after you are due to start your period. Also, the best time to test is first thing in the morning. If the test reads negative, we recommend testing again in about one week. You have already had 2 blood pregnancy tests from your doctor. These tests are more accurate at detecting pregnancy than urine tests. If pregnancy is ruled out, your doctor can further assess your symptoms and receive consultation on birth control options.

      If your blood test comes back positive, the next step would be to have an ultrasound to determine if you are definitely pregnant. You would want to ensure the person performing the ultrasound confirms the following four things: 1). If the pregnancy is in the uterus. 2). Measure to determine the dating of your pregnancy (how far along you are). 3). If there is a detectable heartbeat. 4). If there are multiple babies or just one.

      At Your Options Medical, we provide free pregnancy testing, ultrasound, and pregnancy options counseling. To schedule your confidential appointment, please call or text 508-251-9022.

      Thank you, again for reaching out and please do not hesitate to contact us in the future if we can be of any further help.

      Best Regards,

      Barbara, RN

  5. Hi I’m experiencing signs of pregnancy.. I’m feeling abit nausea and my tummy feels funny my boobs are abit sensitive my mouth is very watery I’ve been getting period like cramps fr the past 4 days I’m nt sure when I’m going to get my period haven’t really kept track oh and I’ve dne like 7 pregnancy tests and all is negative what can it be please help

    1. Hello Noorjehan,
      Thank you for reaching out to Your Options Medical with your concern.
      Typically, we recommend the best time to take a pregnancy test is one week after you are due to start your period. Also, the best time to test is first thing in the morning. If the test reads negative, we recommend testing again in about one week. You may want to consider requesting a blood pregnancy test from your primary care physician or OB/GYN as these tests are more accurate at detecting pregnancy than urine tests. This way if pregnancy is ruled out, your doctor can further assess your symptoms.
      If symptoms persist and pregnancy tests continue to be negative, seek medical attention.

      If your blood test comes back positive, the next step would be to have an ultrasound to determine if you are definitely pregnant. You would want to ensure the person performing the ultrasound confirms the following four things: 1). If the pregnancy is in the uterus. 2). Measure to determine the dating of your pregnancy (how far along you are). 3). If there is a detectable heartbeat. 4). If there are multiple babies or just one.

      At Your Options Medical, we provide free pregnancy testing, ultrasound, and pregnancy options counseling. To schedule your confidential appointment, please call or text 508-251-9022.

      Thank you, again for reaching out and please do not hesitate to contact us in the future if we can be of any further help.

      Best Regards,

      Barbara, RN

  6. Hi I had chest xray one weeks ago ( 2 times because the first one wasn’t good) without any coverage on my abdomen and now I am 2 days late which never happened before ad I tested negative. If I be pregnant the 2 times xray may harm my baby?

    1. Hello Vana,
      Thank you for reaching out to Your Options Medical with your concern.

      The articles I have read indicate that with today’s technology, the probability is low for early pregnancy x-rays to be harmful to the baby. However, I defer to your OB/GYN if you are in fact pregnant.
      Typically, we recommend the best time to take a pregnancy test is one week after you are due to start your period. Also, the best time to test is first thing in the morning. If the test reads negative, we recommend testing again in about one week. You may want to consider requesting a blood pregnancy test from your primary care physician or OB/GYN as these tests are more accurate at detecting pregnancy than urine tests. This way if pregnancy is ruled out, your doctor can further assess your symptoms.

      If your blood test comes back positive, the next step would be to have an ultrasound to determine if you are definitely pregnant. You would want to ensure the person performing the ultrasound confirms the following four things: 1). If the pregnancy is in the uterus. 2). Measure to determine the dating of your pregnancy (how far along you are). 3). If there is a detectable heartbeat. 4). If there are multiple babies or just one.

      At Your Options Medical, we provide free pregnancy testing, ultrasound, and pregnancy options counseling. To schedule your confidential appointment, please call or text 508-251-9022.

      Thank you, again for reaching out and please do not hesitate to contact us in the future if we can be of any further help.

      Best Regards,

      Barbara, RN

  7. Hello I had unprotected sex on 23 Sep n nw I experience vomiting nousea ND back pain and the pregnant test come negative

    1. Hello Veronica,

      Thank you for reaching out to Your Options Medical with your concern.

      I am thinking that you meant August 23, not September 23. Typically, we recommend the best time to take a pregnancy test is one week after you are due to start your period. Also, the best time to test is first thing in the morning. If the test reads negative, we recommend testing again in about one week. You may want to consider requesting a blood pregnancy test from your primary care physician or OB/GYN as these tests are more accurate at detecting pregnancy than urine tests. This way if pregnancy is ruled out, your doctor can further assess your symptoms.

      If symptoms persist and pregnancy tests continue to be negative, seek medical attention.

      If your blood test comes back positive, the next step would be to have an ultrasound to determine if you are definitely pregnant. You would want to ensure the person performing the ultrasound confirms the following four things: 1). If the pregnancy is in the uterus. 2). Measure to determine the dating of your pregnancy (how far along you are). 3). If there is a detectable heartbeat. 4). If there are multiple babies or just one.

      At Your Options Medical, we provide free pregnancy testing, ultrasound, and pregnancy options counseling. To schedule your confidential appointment, please call or text 508-251-9022.

      Thank you, again for reaching out and please do not hesitate to contact us in the future if we can be of any further help.

      Best Regards,

      Barbara, RN

  8. I haven’t gotten my period in 4 days .
    I took a pregnancy test and it’s negative .My tubes are tide ,they been tide for 7 years now .
    I have symptoms of nauseous, morning sickness. No matter what I drink or eat makes me nauseous. My last period was August 7. 2022. I been having alot of unprotected sex with my boyfriend for months now .

    1. Hello Angel,

      Thank you for reaching out to Your Options Medical with your concern.

      Typically, we recommend the best time to take a pregnancy test is one week after you are due to start your period. Also, the best time to test is first thing in the morning. If the test reads negative, we recommend testing again in about one week. You may want to consider requesting a blood pregnancy test from your primary care physician or OB/GYN as these tests are more accurate at detecting pregnancy than urine tests. This way if pregnancy is ruled out, your doctor can further assess your symptoms.

      If your blood test comes back positive, the next step would be to have an ultrasound to determine if you are definitely pregnant. You would want to ensure the person performing the ultrasound confirms the following four things: 1). If the pregnancy is in the uterus. 2). Measure to determine the dating of your pregnancy (how far along you are). 3). If there is a detectable heartbeat. 4). If there are multiple babies or just one.

      At Your Options Medical, we provide free pregnancy testing, ultrasound, and pregnancy options counseling. To schedule your confidential appointment, please call or text 508-251-9022.

      Thank you, again for reaching out and please do not hesitate to contact us in the future if we can be of any further help.

      Best Regards,

      Barbara, RN

  9. Hello 👋🏾 I have a quick question, it’s been 3 months since I’ve had a period,by breast are sore and tender and have grew to the point I had to go up a cup size,my areolas are significantly larger and wider so are my nipples, no vomiting but I have nausea in the mornings and evenings, Bloated and gassy with constipation and also fatigued even after a good night’s rest, but pregnancy test are all negative, I am not trying to conceive my hubby and I have 6 children together and I can say for sure I know what it feels like to be pregnant lol my question is what else could it possibly be if not pregnancy? I do have a doctor’s appointment tomorrow but I’m impatient and curious, Thanks in advance 😊

    1. Hello Danny,

      Thank you for reaching out to Your Options Medical with your question.

      There are a number of factors that can affect your period. Illness, medications, age, stress, and changes in diet or exercise are some of them.

      You may want to consider requesting a blood pregnancy test from your primary care physician or OB/GYN as these tests are more accurate at detecting pregnancy than urine tests. This way if pregnancy is ruled out, your doctor can further assess your symptoms.

      If symptoms persist and pregnancy tests continue to be negative, seek medical attention.

      If your blood test comes back positive, the next step would be to have an ultrasound to determine if you are definitely pregnant. You would want to ensure the person performing the ultrasound confirms the following four things: 1). If the pregnancy is in the uterus. 2). Measure to determine the dating of your pregnancy (how far along you are). 3). If there is a detectable heartbeat. 4). If there are multiple babies or just one.

      At Your Options Medical, we provide free pregnancy testing, ultrasound, and pregnancy options counseling. To schedule your confidential appointment, please call or text 508-251-9022.

      Thank you, again for reaching out and please do not hesitate to contact us in the future if we can be of any further help.

      Best Regards,

      Barbara, RN

  10. A month ago, my IUD was removed. Started my period right away. Once that ended, my husband and I tried to conceive a few times throughout the week. A few days after our last roll in the hay, I started feeling weird: bits of nausea here and there, some spotting of old blood (brown), super emotional, craved foods I normally don’t eat, some food aversion from things I normally like, and then recently a heightened sense of smell that I developed from my last pregnancy. According to my period tracker, I was supposed to start a few days ago but nothing. So I have taken 4 early pregnancy tests since then and they all came out negative. I’m very confused and frustrated. Don’t have a doctors appointment until this upcoming Thursday.

    1. Hello, Haylie,

      Thank you for your inquiry.

      To answer your question: yes, it is possible that you could be pregnant and receive a false test result on the pregnancy tests. This can be due to several factors including the fact that you could be pregnant but very early on.

      Typically, we recommend the best time to take a pregnancy test is one week after you are due to start your period. Also, the best time to test is first thing in the morning. If the test reads negative, we recommend testing again in about one week. You may want to consider requesting a blood pregnancy test from your primary care physician or OB/GYN as these tests are more accurate at detecting pregnancy than urine tests. This way if pregnancy is ruled out, your doctor can further assess your symptoms.

      If your blood test comes back positive, the next step would be to have an ultrasound to determine if you are definitely pregnant. You would want to ensure the person performing the ultrasound confirms the following four things: 1). If the pregnancy is in the uterus. 2). Measure to determine the dating of your pregnancy (how far along you are). 3). If there is a detectable heartbeat. 4). If there are multiple babies or just one.

      At Your Options Medical, we provide free pregnancy testing, ultrasound, and pregnancy options counseling. To schedule your confidential appointment, please call or text 508-251-9022.

      Thank you, again for reaching out and please do not hesitate to contact us in the future if we can be of any further help.

      Best Regards,

      Barbara, RN

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