Missed Period Negative Pregnancy Test Explanation 38

Missed period? Negative pregnancy test? Yeah, that can be pretty confusing—mostly because basic health class failed us all. It may be common knowledge that pregnancy can cause a missed period or periods, but there are other lesser known causes as well. So, assuming you have the missed period negative pregnancy test situation, what else could it be?missed period negative pregnancy test

A false negative pregnancy test:

You can read about the possible failure of pregnancy tests in-depth here, but basically, home tests are not error proof. You could have tested too early, gotten an expired test, misread your result, or even be one of those women that just never get a positive home test (I have known a few and their children).

Now a blood test is far more definitive. I have never heard of a false negative blood test (excluding lab error). If you have a missed period and a negative pregnancy test along with pregnancy symptoms, most doctors will still just do a urine test unless you have missed more than one period. So to save you some cash, I’d recommend forgoing alcohol and other not-pregnancy-safe stuff, and waiting to see what happens when your next period is due. 90% of the time women who have the missed period negative pregnancy situation end up getting their period—just a bit late. If you miss another period, you might speak with a care provider for a blood test. It should also be noted, it is possible to have bleeding and be pregnant, you can read about that here.

Hormonal imbalance:

OK, with that out of the way, what are those other causes? Several hormonal imbalances can mimic pregnancy, the most common of which being high progesterone. Why?

Well, progesterone is a hormone that maintains the uterine lining during pregnancy. Its rise is triggered by ovulation, and it remains high until either the egg begins to die so to speak or you become pregnant. If you become pregnant, implantation signals progesterone to continue and increase. If you don’t become pregnant, once levels drop low enough you’ll get a period. It’s the high levels of progesterone in early pregnancy that cause many  common pregnancy symptoms including sore breasts, gas, bloating, and even nausea. This is why some women experience some or all of these issues as PMS. If you have a high-progesterone cycle (levels naturally can vary by cycle), you may have a longer than usual cycle (late) along with pregnancy-like symptoms.

Low estrogen can also have this effect as it delays ovulation. When you ovulate late, the second phase of your cycle dominated by progesterone remains the same length in most cases. This makes for a longer cycle as well. Low estrogen is less likely to cause pregnancy-like symptoms, but you may experience vaginal dryness, painful intercourse, and dry skin.

I have another post that goes into other signs of hormonal imbalances that can affect your cycle here in situations such as short periods, irregular bleeding and spotting found here. If you experience more than one cycle indicative of hormonal imbalance, I recommend trying Vitex, a slow-acting herb often effective in hormone balancing. If you aren’t trying to conceive, birth control is also commonly prescribed.

No ovulation:

Next, if you fail to ovulate, you may experience repeated seemingly missed periods. I often explain the menstrual cycle as being like dominoes. Each phase triggers the next by altering the hormone balance. Ovulation is the key piece to switching from high estrogen to build the uterine lining and high progesterone to maintain it. If you don’t ovulate for one reason or another nothing prompts progesterone to rise. Depending on your natural hormone balance, estrogen may just continue to build your lining for some time, and you won’t get a period. Some women also experience frequent or irregular periods when not ovulating, but excessively long cycles that appear to be missed periods are more common. Note that these periods are not technically missed, they simply haven’t started yet. Many women will eventually ovulate during a super-long cycle, and either this, or an inability of estrogen to keep the lining up, leads to bleeding.

Failure to ovulate often has an underlying health cause such as ovarian cysts or low egg reserve. It’s recommended you speak with a health care provider. The exclusion to this is while breastfeeding, when wonky or absent periods are expected.

Hopefully this has shed some light on how you ended up with need to Google, “missed period negative pregnancy test.” If you have any questions feel free to drop me a comment, I do my best to help.

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About Vaginal Discharge

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38 thoughts on “Missed Period Negative Pregnancy Test Explanation

  • imran

    HI.. my wife got mis period on 12th oct and we think that she is preganat but we conducted home test on 25th and 30th but the result is still negative. Today she got pain of period and experienced bleeding spots but not full periods. we are very much confused about the situation.

    • unwirklich admin

      It’s possible she had an anovulatory cycle. This is a cycle where the egg fails to drop (this is what signals the hormone shift that creates a period.) Pregnancy is also a possibility though. She could either wait it out and see what happens next cycle, or see her care provider.

  • AEM

    I’m trying to figure out if I may be pregnant. I started temping a few months ago because I was trying to see if I have signs of adrenal issues, so in that process discovered I typically ovulate on CD20 out of a 35-day cycle. This is my average but I havent been doing it long enough to be 100% sure. People say “there are other reasons for temp dips and spikes” and pretty much any time I google anything I just end up with exceptions as well as rules. At any rate, according to BBT I believe I ovulated on CD20 again this month. I believe I may have conceived bc of some early symptoms but tested this morning on CD31 and it was neg. But then a few hours later at work I started bleeding really lightly. I’m thinking implant bleeding and I tested too early? If I wasn’t so exhausted and didn’t feel so weird (no specific complaints, just general weirdness) I’d think AF was just coming early to mess with me. But the tiredness and weirdness makes me just have a gut feeling. Pregnant or not I’ve wanted to try to get a line of sight on whether my hormones need a little help since my cycles are a bit longer than average. Any thoughts? Thanks for your blog. It has helped me.

    • unwirklich admin

      With temping you’re really looking for overall trends. You should see a clear shift at ovulation, not just a dip and rise (in fact only some women get an ovulation dip). It is perfectly normal to have some dips in your high after O temps, and some highs before O even. What counts is that you can see two levels so to speak of temperatures, one low, one higher.

      Here’s a good example:

      With pinpointing O it can help to also observe other fertility signs such as cervical mucus changes, and OPK’s can be great too.

      Since you are temping though, if your temps are still high, that’s a great sign for pregnancy. As far as testing, I think it could be too early yes, CD 31 would be 4 days before your missed period even if 11 DPO. Many women do get a positive at DPO 11, but 14 is a more sure bet because implantation can vary from 6 to 12 days and it takes about 48 hour after implantation to get a positive test.

      • AEM

        Thank you so much for your help. I’m still new to all this and sometimes it’s nice to just connect with a real person rather than search engines. My temp is still rising so I’m going to test again this weekend. :) Happy New Year to you!

        • unwirklich admin

          No problem. I really liked fertility friend when I was ttc, they have a nice forum and a ton of educational info. I need to put some basic temping/ttc info here at gremlins, I just haven’t gotten around to it.

          Hoping that temp stays up :) In general 16 days sustained temps after O is considered a solid sign of pregnancy.

          • AEM

            Well, I was more optimistic yesterday. My temp is still up but today I’ve had a few tiny clots. I would still classify the bleeding as light (for me) but it seemed to accumulate overnight which I guess is normal. I’ve only filled one pad total since it started yesterday but clots worry me. Once again the Internet says yes you can have tiny clots with implant bleeding AND no you can’t. I guess only time will tell. :-/

          • unwirklich admin

            No, I’d agree, if there’s clotting it’s likely not IB, but it could be break through bleeding. I think the reason so many women think IB can be heavier, is that break through bleeding would be close in timing for most to IB. Just a day or two difference.

          • AEM

            Sad. :( that’s why I stumbled across your blog. Trying to understand more about luteal phase and the hormone side of things. There’s so much to learn and so many possibilities.

          • unwirklich admin

            There is, and it can get pretty confusing honestly. It’s a shame our bodies don’t come with built in pregnancy monitors. lol

  • Anonymous

    Hi everyone,

    I`m having a problem, May last period was May 10, 2016 so I expect my next period would be by June 10 to 12, 2016.. until now my period is late. I’m having irregular period and. I take 3 pregnancy test they all negative result.. I’m having cramping, bloating and mood swing… I`m pregnant or not?? can you help me with my problem?

    • unwirklich admin

      If your test was negative you probably are not pregnant. Sometimes hormonal imbalance will mimic pregnancy symptoms. I would wait until your next period, if it’s timely, I wouldn’t worry. If you miss a second cycle, contact your care provider.

      • Anonymous

        If I`m having hormonal imbalance, could did be a problem if I want to get pregnant? my partner and I trying to have a baby for more than a year., should I go to a doctor to consult if there are a problem in me?

        • unwirklich admin

          That depends on the underlying cause. Some hormonal imbalance is self-righting…that’s when things like stress, sudden activity or diet changes, etc are to blame, but others aren’t, such as poor body weight ratio, fibroids, etc. Basically, if it’s not something the body can adjust to itself to go back to “normal,” then yes, it needs adjusted to improve fertility.

  • Ashley knight

    I had surgery last year for polyps fibroids and growths in my uterus the doctor said I would be more fertile after but i didn’t think so ever since I have had a regular period. Of 29 days but august my periods was supposed to start on the 14th but it was 3 days late then September my period was a week late and wasn’t like my regular period it was much lighter not enough to fill a pad, for about a week and a half prior to my period I was having pains on one side then it would go away n then it would come back and be on the other and my lower abdomen I started eating more than I normally would and sleeping patterns changed I did take a pregnancy test as soon as I got off of work early in the morning it was negative. But my period hasnt been late the other months since I had the surgery last year is this normal or am I pregnant?

    • unwirklich admin

      Polyps can be reoccurring, which might be one possibility for your issue, though the occasional off period really isn’t cause for concern. It’s a pattern you should worry about. 3 days is also considered within normal variance. You could go and have it checked out if it would make you more comfortable, but you could also just wait and see what happens next cycle, as there’s a fair chance it will resolve on it’s own.

  • Bianca

    I was 6days late on the 6th day I started my periods witch was very weard looking its darker and first it was black clots now they are light bright red looking, my boobs are still hard. My lower back hurts.. Please give me advise on this

    • unwirklich admin

      Often late periods come with a bit of hormonal fallout and that could be what you’re seeing here. It also could have been an early loss or, though less likely, you could also be pregnant. I would say wait and see what happens with your next cycle, if it’s still concerning you, see your care provider.

  • Mavis Gaglozu

    Enter your comment here…Hi
    Please I had a protected sex on 23rd September and my period came on 27th . Then in October I had my period again on 28th now am in November and I saw all the sign that my period is about to come but it has still not come yet.Am I pregnant or there is a problem?

    • unwirklich admin

      Some variance in your period is entirely normal, I would bet you aren’t that late yet? Give it a few more days and if your period doesn’t start take a test.

  • Didian

    Hi there. I’ve had a relatively irregular cycle and I don’t really track my periods (I know iys either at the end of the month or the first week of the month). Somewhere around mid october I took a morning after pill (lenovol if im not mistaken), and my period came late at the 4th of november (i know this because me and my friends would have our periods together, their periods are over and mine haven’t even started.) my cycles always last 3 days and the rest 2 days its just little amounts of dark blood. Time skip, on the 19th of november I had intercourse (with a condom) and after we are done I noticed that the condom slightly rolled up a bit from the base. I always check them (by filling with water) and there is no leakage, however I am a paranoid person so in 12 hours I took EllaOne, which is supposedly stronger than regular birth control. Timeskip again, I set my period app cycle to 30 days because I wasn’t sure how long it would my cycle take, but if it was 30 days then I was about to ovulate in 20-21 november. At the 4th december I expected my period to come, but it didn’t. I even had the symptoms of cramps etc but till now I still don’t have my period. Now is also the 35th day. I’ve read about morning after pills like lenovol and some said that on the 2nd period it couls be late, and at the EllaOne discussion form they also said that it could be a week later. But knowing that technically its my second period (after lenovol) is it possible that it is delayed even more? I know I’m supposed to get birth control and I wanted to however a few months ago I just turned 18 and I move to the Netherlands and I hven’t registered to a house doctor or GP. I took a pregnancy test on 7th of december and it came out negative. I noticed that my “V” area is relatively dry (a bit more than usual) and there is discharges that seems a bit yellow/brownish and slightly tainted. What does this mean? Is my period coming? My lower abdomen also hurts more than usual.

    • unwirklich admin

      Frequent use of hormone-based contraception like this without a regime (like a pill you take daily) will cause hormonal imbalance artificially, which then often results in irregular bleeding and pregnancy-like symptoms (as they too are a result of imbalance). I would guess that’s what’s going on here, but you could always retest.

  • embobpm

    Hi, on July doctor has prescribed me with duphaston. I took it for 4 cycles, twice daily after my period up to 21 days. I had a problem of heavy and prolonged menses. 11 November, was the first day of my last cycle and that was my last duphaston. After I finish the period, I started taking Vitex ( I read it will helps to balance the hormones). I supposed to get my period on 11 December but I haven’t had it yet. I did a home pregnancy text but it turns negative. Am I still be pregnant? Or the period delayed due to Vitex? Or I didn’t ovulate? Thanks.

    • unwirklich admin

      Vitex is a natural method often used to boost progesterone, a far less extreme method than duphaston which would do the same thing. Progesterone is a hormone that maintains the uterine lining for pregnancy or during pregnancy (hence low progesterone can cause long periods) so if you successfully increased your progesterone, yes, a delayed cycle would be normal. You would expect shorter periods and longer cycles.

  • Taylor Smith

    I had a menstrual cycle around November 22/23 and did not have a cycle in December at all (no spotting or blood flow). January 1st my menstrual cycle came and lasted about 4 days and here it is 28 days later (January 28th) and my cycle has started again. Is this normal

    • unwirklich admin

      If your cycle is normally 28 days (which is the average), it sounds like you just missed ovulation in December. If in doubt though, test or retest.

  • Marie

    Hi, i am a virgin and I almost had sex lastweek Sunday, my bf didn’t penetrate but he came on my vagina…since then I’ve bin worried and scared that I might be pregnant. Two days during d week I saw drops of blood on my panties and I feel it is implantation bleeding. But today my period has started and I’m confused. I’m I pregnant or not???

    • Life with Gremlins admin

      Hormone fluctuations are considered normal in your teen years and can bring some spotting. While semen on your vagina can lead to pregnancy (so is not a safe form of sex) the chances are very low. You would also have to be ovulating at the time (around mid-cycle). Since you got a timely period, my bet is not pregnant, but you can always take a test to be sure/ease your mind.

  • Lily

    I had protected sex 12 days before my expected periodused condoms. But I didn’t get my period only cramping. I’m already 1 month late with more than 6 negative pregnancy tests and a negative blood test. My doctor already got me to take provera to start my oeriod. Already on day 2 w/o provera but no AF. Could I be oregnant?

    • Life with Gremlins admin

      No, a blood test is definitive, excluding lab error (which would be very, very rare) there are no false negatives. Being an entire month late, you likely failed to ovulate.

  • jaine

    hello! its been weeks i had sex but i took emergency pills afterwards but it has been my cycle to get periods but i haven’t. seen any signs of getting my periods i took my tests after 12 days and after 15 dayss but tests were negative…. i took 3 emergency. pills that month…. am i pregnant or should i be concerned. about not getting periods.

    • Life with Gremlins admin

      The emergency pill is hormone-based and so can upset your cycle causing spotting, early, late, or missed periods. If you mean you have used the pill 3 separate times, and didn’t just use one 3-pill dose, repeated use in a such a short time frame would make off cycles far more likely, probably along with other symptoms of hormonal imbalance. The emergency pill is not designed for regular use, so if possible, you might look into a regular daily-use birth control pill or other form of reliable contraception. With 3 negative tests 14+ days from the act, pregnancy is very, very unlikely.

  • Alissa77

    Hi ,I’m 38 and my normal cycles are 30-32,luteal phase is 15. Last period was 3/6/18. Next period was due 4/5/18 but never showed . My bf and I had sex during my fertile week on 3/17, and I ovulated on 3/20. I took a pregnancy test the day after Af didn’t show and it was a bfn. Took another test one week later and still had a bfn.Then two weeks late for Af took another Frer pregnancy test and got a bfn. Today I’m officially 17 days late for Af and I started to have red spotting but only when I wipe. I’ve never been this late on my period before. I’m not experiencing pms cramping like I would normally get when I have a period.
    I should be in my fertile week again,could I be ovulating? Is it low hcg,chemical pregnancy,or just Af showing up 17 days late? This whacky cycle is so confusing as I’ve never had this happen before.
    Would love to hear your opinion. Thanks

    • Life with Gremlins admin

      If ovulation wasn’t confirmed, the most common cause of a delayed period like this with a negative test is an anovulatory cycle. The occasional anovulatory cycle is considered normal, and often it’s difficult to pinpoint a cause unless a pattern of irregularity develops. Since it sounds like you may be TTC, are you bbt tracking? It can be a great way to solve mysteries like this one and likewise avoid the let down of multiple BFN :(


    Hi, my husband and I’ve been ttc for almost a year now. My last period was on 17th May and my period didn’t arrive for the whole month of June, however on the 20th June, I had a tiny dark brown spotting. The next day i was totally clean, nothing came. Around 4 days later on 24th June, the same tiny dark brown spotting came again, and then I was clean again until on the 1st of July, I started to have a slightly bit more heavier discharge, and it was dark brown/black. As you can guess, i was totally clean again until yesterday 3rd July, the slightly heavy dark brown/black spotting (did not fill up the whole pad tho) came and same goes for today. I am freaking out as I have not missed a cycle before. Can anybody share what is wrong with me or if you have had the same experience before? I really need some help. Please.

    • Life with Gremlins admin

      If you have taken a pregnancy test and it was negative, you most likely failed to ovulate for some reason. The occasional anovulatory cycle is normal, but if you go 90 days without a period, it’s best to speak with your health care provider.