A false negative pregnancy test is a pregnancy hCG test which is negative when in fact you are pregnant. You are pregnant but you have a negative pregnancy test.
- What is a false negative pregnancy test?
- A false negative hCG pregnancy test means that your pregnancy test is negative but you are pregnant.
- What is a false positive pregnancy test?
- A false positive hCG pregnancy test means that your pregnancy test is positive but you are not pregnant.
Home Pregnancy Tests
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Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG) pregnancy tests or home pregnancy tests determine pregnancy through the detection of the hormone Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG) in a woman's urine. Doctors recommend that you wait until you have missed a period to take a home pregnancy test. If you can not wait that long to find out and you know the day you may have conceived, then the earliest you can take a test would be 14 days from possible conception. Home tests are usually 97% accurate when all instructions are followed correctly and the results are read on time. Some kits come with two tests so that in case you have made a mistake, you may take the home pregnancy tests gain. Learn more about the accuracy of home pregnancy tests in another relevant article.
False Negative hCG Pregnancy Tests And What Causes Them
If you take a home pregnancy test too early, you may get a false negative result. A false negative result is when the test says you are not pregnant but you are. This can be misleading and when using home pregnancy tests you must be very careful of avoiding any factors that may cause false results.
The major reason for a false negative test is that you took the test too early. Pregnancy tests vary in their sensitivity which means how soon they can detect the hormone Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG) in your urine. It is possible that although your ovum might be fertilized, meaning you may be pregnant, but your body has not started secreting enough Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG) for the test to measure. Your body needs time for the hormone to rise to a high enough level to be detected in a test.
If the home pregnancy test shows negative results but you still think you could be pregnant, wait a few days and try again. A negative result can mean that you are not pregnant, you took the test too early or you took the test wrong. Also, if you have received different answers on multiple pregnancy tests, it is recommended that you get a blood test done to get an accurate answer.
For most pregnant women the urine pregnancy test does not detect enough hCG until 1-2 days before missing the period. And in 1 of 4 pregnant women the home urine pregnancy test does not become positive until after they miss their period. Most false negative pregnancy tests occur when testing is done too early. You are pregnant but you test negative because there is not enough of the pregnancy hormone hCG in your body and especially your urine to be detected.
Quantitative blood tests and the most sensitive urine tests usually detect hCG shortly after implantation, which can occur anywhere from 6 to 12 days after ovulation. Beta hCG levels rise exponentially in the first two months or so of pregnancy so the earlier the test is performed, the higher the chance of a false negative result. Less sensitive urine tests and qualitative blood tests may not detect pregnancy until three or four days after implantation. Menstruation occurs on average 14 days after ovulation, so the likelihood of a false negative is low once a menstrual period is late.