More often than not, a missed period is an indicator of a woman’s pregnancy. However, that isn’t always correct. A woman may have a delayed or missed period but still, have a negative pregnancy test. There may be several reasons for that happening. Here are some of them:
- Low Hormone Levels
During early pregnancy, the levels of the pregnancy hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) aren’t high enough for a home pregnancy test to detect. So if you’re trying to get pregnant, your negative test result on a home kit may not be correct and you might be pregnant. A woman’s cycle may keep varying and if she conceives later in the cycle, the hormone levels may be low at the time of her missed period. To rule out any complications, be sure to talk to your doctor if you miss your periods and continue to do so.
- Ectopic Pregnancy
Although rare, an ectopic pregnancy can show up as negative on a home pregnancy test. Only about 3 percent or fewer cases of negative tests point towards an ectopic pregnancy. If you have these symptoms along with a negative result, see your doctor immediately:
- Severe pain in lower abdomen or on one side
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- Bleeding or spotting
- Nausea and vomiting
After the birth of your child, it may be a while before your menstrual cycle goes back to normal. Breastfeeding can also lead to irregularities in your cycle. Since babies change their feeding pattern as they grow, it may interfere with your cycle and lead to delayed periods.
- Medical Reasons
Medical conditions such as Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) or thyroid can cause irregularity in periods or missed periods. Some women experience heavy periods, while others may have light periods, and some may even skip periods. Some women may have menopause at around age 50, while it may start prematurely before age 40 for others. It all comes down to medical complications a woman has. It might be prudent to talk to your doctor if periods don’t arrive for over 90 days and you’re not pregnant.
- Lifestyle Factors and Medication
External factors can affect your menstrual cycle. Stress and malnutrition can delay your period. Drinking too much caffeine or not eating enough food can also cause your cycle to fluctuate. Sudden lifestyle changes like an intense exercise or working the overnight shift on your job can also cause your period to be irregular. Medications such as those used for birth control, blood pressure or allergies, can cause missed periods or irregularity.
After getting a negative test result, wait a few days or a week before taking another test. If you get negative a second time and haven’t yet had your period, you may be dealing with an undiagnosed medical condition. Make plans to meet the experts at KIMS Cuddles to learn more about your irregular periods.
*Information shared here is for general purpose. Please take doctors’ advice before taking any decision.