Missed period but the pregnancy test result is negative? Some reasons include Delayed menses, test performed too early, low B-HcG levels etc.
There are various pregnancy test kits available in
stores, both branded and unbranded types. Some pregnancy kits can sometimes be
more efficient to detect pregnancy than others. However, it is still possible
to get a negative pregnancy test even after a missed period.
One of the very common and possible causes of
negative pregnancy test result is incorrect method of using the home pregnancy
test strip. Before we jump to other major causes of negative pregnancy test
results, here are a few steps you must follow when performing home pregnancy
Steps to use a
pregnancy test kit the right way
Generally, all pregnancy test kits are easy to use.
However, using them the right way is important for accurate results. Follow the
steps mentioned below to get pregnancy test results as accurately as possible:
Step 1: wash and dry
the urine sample container
Step 2: waste the
first few drops of your urine
Step 3: collect the
midstream urine sample in the container
Step 4: unwrap the
pregnancy test strip
Step 5: dip the
pregnancy test strip into the container
Step 6: wait for
Step 7: view the lines
that may appear on the strip
Result: If you are
pregnant, strip shows two pink or blue lines, if not single line appears.
negative home pregnancy test result after a missed period
If you had a missed period and were expecting two pink lines on the pregnancy
test stick while the pregnancy test strip shows you one pink line instead,
don’t be disappointed as yet! There are various reasons the pregnancy test
result may show a negative result even after a missed period. Some of these
The average cycle length of an average menstrual
cycle is 28 days. However, the cycle duration can sometimes be extended to
anywhere between 30 to 36 days depending on various factors. Some women may
have delayed menses for up to 2 to 3 months. These delayed menses are called
Irregular menses are generally observed when a
woman might be in a medical condition such as Polycystic ovaries syndrome
(PCOS) or Fibroid. Irregular menses are also often observed in women who do not
follow a healthy balanced diet and who are under nutrition-ed.
The test is performed too early
Most of the pregnancy test kits give instructions
to perform the test after 4 to 5 days of missed period. However, as mentioned
above, the menstrual cycle length may vary and can be extended for days or even
weeks. This may in turn lead to false negative test pregnancy test result. It
is recommended to wait for a few days or at most a week and repeat the test.
Hormone levels are too low
A pregnancy hormone called Beta HcG (B-HcG) usually
rises in level from 10 IU when you miss menses, which is a very small amount
and from thereon it doubles every 48 hours.
Therefore, performing the pregnancy test on the day
of the missed period or even after a few days of the missed period may still
give a negative result. It is advised to be patient, wait for the beta-HcG
hormone level to raise and try again.
Inefficient pregnancy test kit
Not all the pregnancy test kits detect B-HcG as
efficiently as they claim to detect on their shiny packaging. In some cases,
women using pregnancy test kits were unable to detect their pregnancy for up to
2 to 3 months of them being pregnant.
Therefore, it is always advisable to read reviews before purchasing a
pregnancy test kit. Try not to go for a cheap and nasty one. You may be saving
money but increasing your anxiousness at the same time.
In conclusion, if you have a missed period and the
pregnancy test result is negative,get blood test done. The
blood test is a confirmatory test or your positive or negative pregnancy. You
may also be offered a urine test done in the medical laboratory which will be a
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