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Wait, I’m not pregnant?

Wait, I’m not pregnant?

I’ve been there sister, you have totally convinced yourself that you are a few days late on your period and you are definitely pregnant. You are either plagued with pouring sweat or butterflies depending on how you feel about the outcome of this test. And then you pee on the stick and swear that watching water boil is faster than those 3 minutes waiting on a test result. Then boom, negative. What in the world?!

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A quick review with a friend

Before we dive into what a negative pregnancy test could mean, let’s first review how a pregnancy test actually works. Pregnancy tests are designed to look for a special hormone present in a woman’s body during pregnancy, human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG). This hormone starts production around 6 days following conception. Most pregnancy test manufacturers recommend that you wait until you have missed your period to take a pregnancy test. It is also really important to read the instructions and only review the test during the recommended times, for instance if it instructs you to read the test after 3 minutes but not after 10 minutes then you need to not look at it again at 10 minutes because it could read incorrectly after the allotted time. 

Can a pregnancy test be wrong?

Pregnancy tests are about 99% accurate. If you have received a negative test but you aren’t buying it, it could be that you have tested too early. Speaking from experience, I know you are tempted to just keep taking them until you believe, but give your body a few days and then test again. Better yet, give us a call at 770-334-3856 to schedule a free pregnancy test appointment or schedule online at bfrmedical.com. We offer free medical grade pregnancy tests and could give you peace of mind. In some scenarios you can have a negative test because you have experienced a chemical pregnancy, this refers to losing a pregnancy quickly after the fertilized egg attaches to your uterine wall. I want to stop for a mental health moment and say that if you are experiencing either of these outcomes and feel heavy, please talk to someone about it. You are not designed to walk this life alone and you are going to need someone to listen as you process everything that is going on. 

Okay, I believe I’m not pregnant but what is my body doing?

Let’s switch gears and say you are not pregnant but your period has still not returned and this is not the first time it has happened. Some women have periods that are irregular, meaning that they come at various times. Other times a missed period can be related to: 

  • Sudden weight gain or loss 
  • Too much caffeine 
  • Extreme over-exercising 
  • Ovarian cysts 
  • Being overweight or obese 
  • Metabolic conditions (alterations in blood sugar and certain hormone levels) 
  • Recent illness 
  • Stress 
  • Thyroid conditions 
  • Certain birth control methods/medications 
  • Reaching perimenopause or menopause 
  • Breastfeeding 
  • Sexually transmitted infections

That list is a little overwhelming, I agree. The bottom line is, if your period continues to be absent you should schedule an appointment with an OBGYN. A woman’s body is designed to have a monthly cycle, when it fails to do so there is often an explanation and a doctor can help you uncover that. A woman’s body is a wonder and yours deserves all the care! Speak up for yourself and know we are cheering you on sister!

Cleveland Clinic Medical. (2022, November 28). Pregnancy test: When to take, Types & Accuracy. Cleveland Clinic. https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diagnostics/9703-pregnancy-tests 

NHS. (2022a, August 5). Missed or late periods. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/missed-or-late-periods/