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Negative pregnancy test but still no period!

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Is it possible to get a negative result on a pregnancy test but still be pregnant?  It has been 6 weeks since my last period and I thought I had been getting quite a few of the early signs of preganacy, eg spotting on a couple of occassions (very very light) and needing to wee all the time.  Plus I worked out that my boyfriend and I last had sex right bang in the middle of ovulation time.  So I was getting stressed that I was pregnant (and so then was feeling sick with nerves and anxiety - which I managed to convince myself was morning sickness!!  haha!) but I took a test last night and it came back negative.  The only thing is, that I didn't wee on the stick for as long as it said to because I didn't really have any to give (!) but was too anxious to wait a bit.  Would that affect it?

I was also a bit freaked out that my reaction to the negative result was disappointment not relief!  I know that now is not the right time for me to have a baby...I'm 25 and am getting my career underway and really want to achieve my doctorate in clinical psych. before I start popping out any sprogs...but I just can't shake my feeling of being a bit sad now that I know I'm not pregnant.  I've been with my boyfriend for 2.5 years (friends for 3 years before that!) and we're moving in together in June/July and his reaction when I told him it was negative was 'well, it is a good a way', so that made me feel even more sad because I could kind of hear a subtle disappointment in his voice too!  It was like his feelings were mirroring mine in that we both know that now is not the time for us but that if it did happen unplanned then we'd probably be pretty happy about it - albeit shocked and pretty scared!

Sorry, this has turned into a bit of a ramble, kind of off the point.  I was just wondering if the pregnancy test could have been wrong?  I have an appointment with a nurse today (for something unrelated) so I guess I'll just mention it to her but wanted to just get my thoughts off my chest!  Any words of wisdom out there for me???

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It's certainly possible that you've gotten a false negative. It's far more likely to get a false negative than a false positive. Here's what I found on the iVillage website:

"Women produce varying levels of hCG despite similar gestational ages. It is not always a given that the embryo implanted precisely at 14 days after the first day of the last menses. Fertilized ovums have been known to drift in the uterine environment for days before implanting. This would affect hCG levels and timing of positive tests.

There also are many sensitivities attributed to the various pregnancy test kits; some pick up as little as 25 mIU/ml with the average being a sensitivity of 300 mlU/ml, which is the standard recommended sensitivity in detecting the average pregnancy 35 days after the last menstrual period. According to manufacturers, all tests will detect pregnancy in 100 percent of pregnant women within 42 days after the last menstrual period. (Note: study results valid for women with a 28 day cycle.)

The primary cause of false negative pregnancy tests is inaccuracies in timing of the test or in the procedure itself. Following kit instructions to the letter is very important but even then false negatives do occur. The test should be repeated weekly if the woman still does not have a period." Peg Plumbo, CNM

(there's much more to the article but I just pulled pieces that I thought were relevant)

As far as your reaction of disappointment, I'm not sure what to tell you. I wish I would have finished school before having my first child but I certainly don't REGRET it. It is certainly difficult trying to go back and complete a degree when my kids are my top priority. It does sound like you're both ready for kids but it would be much easier to follow through with your plans while you can.

I suggest retaking a test first thing in the morning. Regardless of the result, I'd make a doctor's appointment. If you're not having a period, something's up.

I know you'll probably know either way by now- but the best time to do a pg test is first thing in the morning when HCG levels in your urine will be highest. As Bier said it is certainly possibel to get a false negative, and almost impossible to get a false positive (unless the pg didn't 'take').

Stress may also be delaying your period?

Also- there's never a 'right' time to have kids? There'll ALWAYS be something that you'd like to do, or somewhere you'd like to go? You just have to decide if you can have a child now? Good luck!Smile

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