The author is a midwife and a nurse working with women and newborn babies since 2003.
If you are reading this article, you are probably facing the well-known dilemma: "Am I pregnant or not?" You may be wondering why you're experiencing early pregnancy symptoms like nausea, tender breasts, minor cramps, or fatigue, but when you took a pregnancy test, the result was negative. We will discuss the various reasons for why a pregnancy test came out negative but you feel pregnant.
Causes of Pregnancy Symptoms With a Negative Test
- You are experiencing premenstrual symptoms, which are very similar to early pregnancy symptoms because they are both caused by the rise in estrogen and progesterone that occurs before a period as well as after implantation.
- You took the test too early, and there was not enough hCG (the pregnancy hormone) in your urine. Wait at least a week after your missed period when hCG levels are high enough to detect.
- You are pregnant, but various complications produced a negative test result, such as having twins, an irregular menstrual cycle, or an ectopic pregnancy.
- You are not pregnant, and the pregnancy-like symptoms you feel are a result of a false pregnancy (called pseudocyesis or phantom pregnancy).
- You are not pregnant, but you have a condition or illness that mimics pregnancy symptoms (see below).
Am I Having a False Pregnancy?
According to infertility specialist Dr. Mark Trolice, "Pseudocyesis (false pregnancy) is a rare disorder in which the woman who is non-psychotic believes she is pregnant and experiences signs/symptoms despite a negative pregnancy test." This occurs when an intense desire for pregnancy tricks the body into thinking it is carrying a baby when it is not. The body will respond to this psychological desire by producing all of the typical pregnancy symptoms, such as a missed period, weight gain, nausea, tender breasts, sore nipples, or even fetal movement. Some women may only experience one of these symptoms at first and may have such a strong assumption she is pregnant that her mind tricks her endocrine system into producing more pregnancy-like symptoms. Your urine test should be negative if it is a false pregnancy, however, an ultrasound is the only guaranteed confirmation.
Conditions That Mimic Pregnancy Symptoms
Nausea ("Morning Sickness")
Feeling nauseous in the morning is not unique to pregnancy, so if you wake up wanting to vomit and a pregnancy test shows negative, you could be afflicted with low-blood sugar levels, insomnia, acid reflux, post-nasal drip, or anxiety/nervousness. Keep in mind that "morning sickness" a.k.a. pregnancy nausea actually happens throughout the day and is triggered by a sensitivity to certain smells and tastes. Nausea caused by other illnesses are not food-related, but rather a sign that there is something wrong in the digestive tract or with one's equilibrium.
Swollen breasts are one of many symptoms that are common to both pregnancy and PMS. Because of this, having achey breasts or sore nipples is not a good indictor of pregnancy. Certain medications, such as birth-control pills or hypothyroidism medication can increase the production of estrogen, causing your breasts to respond in the same way it would if estrogen levels rise before your period or in early pregnancy. If you are taking medication that may have an effect on your hormones and your pregnancy test shows negative, then you are not pregnant.
Women with irregular cycles or PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) often miss their periods because of hormonal imbalance—some may even go months without a period if they have a severe imbalance. However, even women with regular menstrual cycles can miss a period or two due to stress, injury, weight gain, birth control, or any other anxiety-inducing reason that puts stress on the body and affects normal hormonal production.
Cramping and Spotting
Cramping and spotting a week before your period is usually a good indication of implantation, however, implantation bleeding and cramping may be confused for either early PMS cramping and spotting or ovulation. Ovulation, otherwise known as "mittelschmerz," occurs mid-cycle (about 10 days before your period) when the release of an egg might cause a sharp pinch or twinge on one side of the lower abdomen. Unlike implantation cramping (which lasts 1-3 days), ovulation cramping should only last a few hours at most.
Cramping and spotting could also occur if you have just started a new birth control, you have uterine fibroids, or you have hormonal imbalance (polycystic ovarian syndrome).
Feeling lethargic might be common in the first trimester of pregnancy, but it is also very common for a host of other illnesses and conditions, such as anemia, hyperthyroidism, kidney or liver diseases, obesity, etc. Feeling tired can also be a symptom of less serious causes, such as lack of sleep, having the cold or flu, or other lifestyle or diet changes that drain your energy supply. If you are suddenly feeling wiped out for no reason, but a pregnancy test shows negative, see a doctor right away to rule out any serious medical causes.
Feeling emotional and antsy is another symptom that is common to both PMS and pregnancy. It could also be triggered by depression, hormonal imbalance, stress, anxiety, or other psychological conditions. Again, if you experience a sudden change in your emotional stability when you are usually in a good mood, check with the doctor to rule out an serious causes.
Nearly half of pregnant women experience constipation during pregnancy because the rise in progesterone relaxes the digestive tract, which means food travels more slowly through the intestines. This symptom is not a good indictor of pregnancy alone, and if you're not pregnant, but you've been constipated, see a doctor right away. You could just need a boost of fiber, or it may be an early indication of serious gastrointestinal issues, such as colon cancer.
Urinary tract infection (UTI), overactive bladder, diabetes, incontinence, bladder stones, or ovarian cancer may be causes for why you feel like you constantly need to pee. However, this symptom is also common with PMS or menopause.
Hormonal havoc is likely the cause if you are not pregnant. Women who suffer from polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) often gain a lot of weight as a result of a hormonal imbalance in the adrenal glands or the ovaries. A hormonal imbalance can also lead to diabetes and other conditions that also increase a woman's weight and body fat. If you notice accompanying symptoms, such as hair growth or missed periods, then you likely need to get a hormone test to see which hormones you have an excess of and how to alleviate the hormonal chaos.
Illnesses With Pregnancy-Like Symptoms
Stress and Anxiety
Nausea is a common symptom of stress or anxiety. Anxiety can cause stomach aches, cramping, and even vomiting. If you have these symptoms accompanied with anxiety, you might consider seeking professional help for relief of stress or anxiety.
Ovulation and Premenstrual Symptoms
Some women get distinctive symptoms a few days before and during ovulation or few days before a period. Pregnancy symptoms (nausea, cramps, bloating, tender breasts, etc.) are often similar to the symptoms for ovulation and menstruation.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
4 to 12% of women suffer from PCOS, which greatly affects their menstrual cycle and fertility. Hormones in women with PCOS can range from excess testosterone to excess estrogen and progesterone. If you suffer from the latter, your body will exhibit symptoms that are similar to pregnancy. The most common symptoms of PCOS are weight gain (especially around the waist), pelvic pain, anxiety or depression, spotting outside of period, missed or late periods, and sore breasts. If you suspect you have PCOS, please ask a doctor for a blood test to measure hormone levels. There is not immediate cure for this condition, but it can be remedied with a healthier diet and lifestyle.
According to Dr. Carolyn Alexander who is board-certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as Reproductive Endocrinology, "An ovarian cyst can produce estrogen and progesterone and mimic early pregnancy symptoms such as nausea, bloating, frequent urination, mood swings, breast tenderness, cramping, pelvic discomfort." Ovarian cysts should be diagnosed by your OB/GYN with an ultrasound.
Feelings of nausea or exhaustion can be caused by the common cold, flu, or other illnesses. You should talk to your healthcare provider if these symptoms linger for weeks.
Hormonal Contraception/Birth Control
The pill and other hormonal birth control methods commonly cause nausea, dizziness, breast tenderness, and mood changes. Try changing brands or methods if these side effects are troubling you.
Other Unknown Factors
If your symptoms are not explained by pregnancy and endure for weeks, you should see your doctor. You might need a blood test to test for abnormal thyroid functions or low hemoglobin count.
If You Still Think You're Pregnant...
- Did you use the first urine in the morning? It has the highest hCG levels. If you didn't do the test first thing in the morning, your result may be inaccurate.
- Did the test go properly? Did you see the control line or another indicator showing that the test worked as it should have? Read the instructions again to make sure it worked properly.
- Did you try another type of test? Different brands of pregnancy tests all have different levels of sensitivity for hCG levels. You may want to try another brand to check your results.
- Did you wait until at least 14 days after conception/ovulation? Before that the hCG levels are too low to be detected with a home test.
Could It Be a False Negative?
Getting a negative pregnancy test doesn't necessarily mean you're not pregnant. Sometimes tests are faulty or your testing methods are inaccurate (you tested too early, drank too much water, etc). There is also the chance that you are too far along in your pregnancy for the at-home test to detect.
How Soon Can You Take a Pregnancy Test
The sensitivity of each pregnancy test is variable, but the soonest the most sensitive test can detect a pregnancy is at least 12 days after conception. Conception happens around the time a woman ovulates and, in a typical 28-day cycle, ovulation happens on or around day 14. This means that if you have a 28-day cycle, the earliest time you can take a test and get an accurate result is four weeks after the first day of your last period.
Long and Irregular Cycles
Many women have long or irregular cycles. If you have not been carefully tracking your ovulation cycles, or if you can't predict it, it is hard to say when the earliest possible time is for an accurate result is. For women with long or irregular cycles, or if you don't know exactly what your cycle is, it is best to wait for the day the next cycle is supposed to begin (the day you expect to get your next period) to take the home test.
Wait a Week
It's hard to play the waiting game, but try to wait for a week to see if your period starts. If not, take a new test.
Frequently Asked Questions
I Have Nausea and Sore Breasts, But I'm Not Pregnant. What Could It Be?
Hormonal fluctuations will cause these symptoms in women. There are 3 likely scenarios for experiencing nausea and sore breasts and getting a negative pregnancy test:
- You are pregnant, but the test is inaccurate. Wait at least a week after your missed period to retake the test and test your urine first thing in the morning.
- You are experiencing premenstrual symptoms. PMS symptoms can be confused with early pregnancy symptoms because they are almost identical.
- You have a condition that causes hormonal imbalance, such as PCOS, hyper- or hypothyrodism, stress, or ovarian cancer.
Can Stress Cause False Pregnancy Symptoms?
Yes. Both psychological and physical issues can result in pseudocyesis, a false pregnancy. Stress is one of the main psychological factors that disrupts the body's hormonal balance. When you're stressed, your body releases the stress hormone, cortisol, which puts pressure on your adrenal glands and leads to an overproduction of androgens. This disruption triggers symptoms such as acne, sore breasts, missed periods, fatigue, and nausea—all symptoms that are similar to pregnancy.
How Common Is a False Pregnancy?
It only occurs in 1 to 2 women out of 22,000. Thus, it is extremely rare. Of the cases that do occur, they are predominately located in third world countries where childbearing is a necessary duty expected of all women. The pressure to produce children coupled with the lack of opportunities in other avenues of life lead to emotional stress, anxiety, and fantasies of pregnancy, all of which may result in pregnancy-like symptoms.
How to Stop a Phantom Pregnancy
According to Dr. Mark Trolice, an endocrinologist and infertility specialist, "Recovery may occur naturally, but women may experience labor pains prior to resolution." The best way to treat a false pregnancy is to confirm that your are not pregnant with an ultrasound and blood test. If you frequently experience pregnancy symptoms but you are otherwise healthy, then you may require counseling to gain perspective on why the disorder may be present.
Please feel free to comment below, I will do my best to answer your question
- Rachel Gurevich, "Why Do I Feel Pregnant When I'm Not?" VeryWell. February 27, 2018. Accessed March 8, 2018.
- Trina Pagano, MD, "False Pregnancy (Pseudocyesis)" WebMD. August 03, 2016. Accessed March 8, 2018.
- Patrice Burgess, MD, "Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) - Topic Overview," WebMD. Accessed March 8, 2018.
- "Pregnancy Symptom Alternatives," Americanpregnancy.org. February 03, 2017.
- "Phantom Pregnancy," Huggies. March 8, 2018.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
Amber fulmer on June 28, 2020:
So it’s been three months and I have not had any signs of my period and I took a digital pregnancy test and it said not pregnant I took two but I have all the signs
Komal Niazi on June 24, 2020:
It is helpful for me.
I am also feeling the nousean without a vomiting, dizzy, mood swings and food smell. I have a pain in my right side belly.
Brittany on June 15, 2020:
I am 13 days late for my period. I've been lightly spotting for 5 days. My cervix has not dropped low like it normally does when i gave my period. I've tested negative. I'm only nervous because i had my tubes burned in dec. 2019.
Sashi on May 12, 2020:
I had my right tube removed due to ruptured ectopic pregnancy and it's been 6 weeks and still no periods. But again I'm having breast pain and thighs pain from last one week. How long does it take to get my periods after surgery? I'm scared that I'm pregnant again and the other tube will burst
Farida on March 27, 2020:
I had a sex with my partner, six days later we had another sex , 2 days later I had my normal menses for 5 days but the colour differ slightly and from then I started experiencing pregnancy symptoms such as nausea , headache,changes in my breast and I feel sleepy too. Pls what could this be, pregnancy or post menstrual pains which I never had. By the way I’m 17
Joyce on March 08, 2020:
Please, i need answer,after being intimate with my hub,few days later i started having pregnancy symptoms,i was to have my period on the 1st but did not untill on the 4 th, ihad a brown discgarge that was so little and light,very unlike my normal period but i had a negetive home test,what could be the cause
Jennifer on March 02, 2020:
I have taken 2 home tests and a test at the doctor office all came back negative blood work came back normal so why do I have all the symptoms of pregnancy except vomiting i had my tubes tied about 20 years ago
meia on February 29, 2020:
so me and my boyfriend had unprotected sex the lat day of my period and 4 days before my highest chance of getting pregnant about 4 days later i started throwing up every morning and through out the day i can keep anything down without throwing up i started spotted 2 days around brown and pink blood clot its still about a week too early for a pregnancy test to show positive idk if im pregnant or sick because i dont feel sick i just cant keep food down
Anonymous on February 06, 2020:
Im feeling de symptoms of pregnancy but have pregnancy test 3 times it was negative why?
Ciscaluv on January 06, 2020:
I feel breast tenderness, nausea and missed period after one month of miscarriage but i tested negative
Kothilran on December 06, 2019:
I missed my period for 2mnth.... Everytime i chck urine test and it was always negative... And today i feel pain in pelvic region with nibble pain.... Wht could be? PMS or pregnancy?
Ruth on November 01, 2019:
Last pregnancy i took a test more than a week before period and was positive now a week before period but its negative
Emma on October 20, 2019:
I had spotting negative test but feeling sick throwing up breast hurts mood swings i need help can i be still pregnant i have 2 kids allready snd i was feeling the same way with both of my pregnancy
Kira Schaefer on October 02, 2019:
My boyfriend and I have been trying to get pregnant since the end of July/first week of August. I stopped taking my BC pills the last week of July and have been having unprotected sex with my boyfriend almost every day besides 6 days since than because I was bleeding. A couple of days after I stopped my BC I bled for about 6 days and haven't since than. I have taken at home pregnancy test at first was negative in middle of August but had a positive about 2 weeks after that this and since have been negative. However I have been eating more, dark ring around my nipple area, milky appearing liquid when I squeeze them (bilaterally), hard stomach especially lower abdomen and right under my breast/rib cage and all of these mainly started about 2-3 weeks ago. So, being I had continued symptoms and negative testing I made an appointment with an OB/GYN and my blood test came back negative. My HCG was less 2.4 and my prolactin was 25.1. What should I do? could I still be pregnant? ):
gonzalezkimberly on September 23, 2019:
I've been trying pregnant for 6 years now nothing is happening because i have pcos but Iam 28 and my fiance is 33 but past few days I've been feeling nauseous with my stomach hurting and spotting blood I took a pregnancy test and keeps coming up negative what should I do
Deepu on August 18, 2019:
Hello sir im having negitiv sign of pregnancy, evn i hav missd period and im suffering from pcod evn i hav vomiting sensation am i pregnant
Courtney Worthy on August 17, 2019:
Hi I been having Morning sickness for 2 whole months and in June I had sex on the same week as the 3rd with my boyfriend and few weeks after that I felt sick which I thought I had a flu but the whole June I took a pregnancy test for Every two weeks and 2 months ago I went to see a doctor because I had adnaomle pain and they said I had some stool in my below stomach so I thought I wasn't pregnant so I haven't thought about it because if I wasn't my brain would think I am you know so now for 2 months my belly grew a little bit bigger rounder alot of bathroom runs back pain stomach pain feeling sick every morning few days ago I took another pregnancy test clear blue came back negative and Still feel sick stomach pains Back pains breasts soreness tenderness feeling fuller heavy weight gain in places I would gain in I i was pregnant my uncle saying im starting to get a baby bump I'm hungry all the time but once I get it I take few bits I feel full Why? Am I pregnant? Because I feel like I am...Should I go see a doctor and get a ultsound down? Last normal period was May 10 2019 3 spotted again Last in June And last month only spotted very light and this month 3 weeks ago very light can I be pregnant?
Chilloutgirly77 on June 19, 2019:
I was supposed to have been fixed at 19 after I had my first child and I have had period problems in the past but never a short one and never any actual symptoms to go along with pregnancy I experienced a lot of nausea last month but had a full period for 5 days but still had the symptoms and this month I had a short 3 day period before the period was due from last month I had red blood with pink and a little brown spotting during it took the test and said negative I'm getting really frustrated and don't want to come off as crazy but any advice will do
Nats jha on April 22, 2019:
My last periods were 21st march 2019, i had spotting for 2-3 days n now stopped , did home pregnancy test its negative..
I feel bloating n dizzy
Pls guide me , m i pregnant. If yes why test is negative , wht shld i do
abigail on April 11, 2019:
so ive been having morning sickness for about 3 days in a row now and ive been feeling really tired i also too a pregnancy test last week and it came out with a very faint line im supposed to get my period tomorrow i also took a test monday but came out negative
i dont really know what to think
Kalaivani on April 10, 2019:
Hi all, I have pcod, then experienced biochemical pregnancy beginning of the March, now in the month of April I am experiencing pregnancy symptoms but result negative, I am not stressed but my daily activities getting affected whether to take rest or to do my daily activities? Very confused
Sindy on April 05, 2019:
Its not uncommon for me to register a fauls negative. I had a miscarriage 4 years ago and took lots of tests all came back negative.
Im having the same symptoms but again i have negative results.
Ive had a missed period, sore breasts and some nausea.
Airin on March 25, 2019:
Ok for all of those that are too broke or dont have insurance.... Family planning does offer free pregnancy testing. I know ypu might bs thinking (I don't want to support them they do abortions.) But heres the thing only certain ones do. Theres also non-family planing clinics that do abortions. So theres the help i can offer on that.
Anyways im 5 days late, but I have had spotting. I'm 37 and used the diva/moon cup cause my husband and I have been trying for years. Because of the drive to get a sperm test done he hasn't been tested. I came up negative on the ovulation testing. But then I bought some home ones and passed a few, still no luck. So i did the baby dance and tried the diva cup to keep them in there. So im late been spotting but negative on the pregnancy test.
Now 16 years ago I had spotting but im not sure if it was implanting or like this because i wasn't trying to concive.
Anyways I guess I'll wait a week and if I still havent had a normal period I'll see a doctor. So fustrating. Has anyone tried this diva cup method? Anyone else end up pregnant after a negative pregnancy test?
AriaTheDon on March 24, 2019:
Someone please help me. Me and my bf have been trying to concieve my 3rd child since September 2018. I had my last period February 20th 2019 and my period was supposed to come March 18th 2019. But it didn’t. I took like 5 pregnancy test and they were negative. But i have pregnancy symptoms. Could i still be pregnant?
confused af on March 20, 2019:
i last had my period feb 9 2019. i had an ectopic pregnancy and had a d and c in dec... i am 11 days late for my peruod and had a negative bloodtest yesterday...but still have mild cramping fatigue headaches heart burn gas and sore nipples... i have also gotten positive and negative hpt results.. im confused if i am pregnant or not... advice
The19yearold on February 22, 2019:
I haven't had my periods in 2 years, was diagnosed with ovarian cysts, had protected sex 4 weeks ago, when tested after 2 weeks, pregnancy test result was negative, after 2 weeks now , experience nausea and tiredness, what could it be ?
Stacy Chintu on February 19, 2019:
Am still waiting for an answer
Stacy Chintu on February 18, 2019:
Hi. I was supposed to have my periods on 26 Dec, but I didn't see my personal for 3weeks. On 22 January I had something which looked like periods but the colour was dark brown like. I took a pregnancy test, but it was negative. I've been feeling nauseous, dizzy, spitting a lot, constipated, tired etc. The scan showed that my uterus is bulky about 11.8cm but there's no baby inside. What does this mean? Help before I lose my mind
Hello, on February 06, 2019:
I'm 24 years old. Recently married (3 months back). Last two months only we started trying for baby. I've irregular period but last 6 months i used to get period every month 24th. But my period will last for two week that means ovulation will happen at 3rd week.
My last period start date was 23rd December. I had bloating after two days of my ovulation, We had unprotected intercourse on the same day when i thought my ovulation. i had other symptoms like headache, Cramps, Backache. White discharge (thick) before my period due. As expected i missed my period and tested HMPT in 5 days post missed period it was negative so we went to Doctor for check up she did blood test and the HCG level was 10 %, and she asked me to come after one week means @ 12 days post missed period still in HMPT it's negative but this she didn't took blood test. but by Scan she said uterus size increased but not seems like baby tissue. she didn't took blood test. She said I'm not pregnant. Today I'm 15 days missed period I'm planning to wait one more week. Do i need wait ? But still i've frequent urination, food cravings, minor cramps, fatigue all these symptoms (not with Brest). Please do let me know do i need to wait or can i start hormone pills for periods ?
Hello on February 06, 2019:
Zole on January 31, 2019:
Hi..I tested positive pregnancy 4 weeks back One week later i did a home test pregnant it was also positive...two weeks after i was booked for the 1st booking but then i tested negative pregnancy twice on the same day and they also did blood test and results came back negative ..two days after I started to have my periods then a week after im experiancing morning sickness and headache simetimes and always feeling sleepy...please help
Gloria on January 31, 2019:
My period comes normally in 28 days,just 24th January I had my period but was abnormal to me cos it came lightly and ended early in one and a half day instead of three to four days.After that am still having abdominal pains,my stomach is heavy than usual,I also feel dizzness,sometimes lost of appetite and nausea.I used preg test strips it was negative.i had sex on my fertile period into my ovulation.Can it be possible am pregnant?
Michelle on January 22, 2019:
I have all the symptoms white discharge mood swings nauseous dizzy my boobs got bigger nipples are darker tummy is feels Ferm and I missed my period this has been going on for almost a month and yet my test still come up negative
Gracia on January 16, 2019:
Im having few symptoms of pregnancy like bloating, diarrrhea, and lower back pain. But i know im not pregnant cause when i took the pregnancy test it is negative and i never missed my period. I get stressed amd anxious when i started googling the symptoms of pregnancy and after that it seems like im experiencing that symptoms. Why is that? Anybody help?
Mi Ladir on January 16, 2019:
Im having other signs of pregnancy like bloated stomach, lower back pain and diarrhea. But i got my period on time. And my pt result is negative. What is this i am experiencing? Is it really pregnancy? Or i am just feeling it because im afraid to get pregnanant too soon?
KPrincess on January 11, 2019:
Hi, I had my last depo shot on 3sep 2018. In Nov my period came on the 1's, it went on and off until the third week. It didn't come on 1's december and 1's January. On the 19th december I took a test which came out negative. Yesterday 10 december another test came out negative. But now, on Friday 4January my uterus almost came out,I've had terrible pain like period pains ever since that day but do not have any sign of blood. The uterus feels like its back to its place but the cramps are still there. I have almost all the signs of pregnancy but I'm not convinced since I tested negative. I am scared to take pain killers and yet I don't have money for ultrasound. Sometimes I toss and turn with this pain, Yet again sex is not painful. What could be wrong?
akisha on January 02, 2019:
after my period last dec 26 2018 why im getting start to feel the symptoms of a pregnant its be possible that im startinv having a new baby in my womb.my 1st day period was light brown 2day was pinkish red to heavy 3 day small amount of red period until it was done last dec 26.im always dizziness bloated
MsTayTay on December 31, 2018:
I was 14 days late and I had a few negative home pregnancy tests and 2 negative blood test and then all of a sudden on day 15 I started bleeding. I was reading the posts. I was wondering have anyone experience anything like this before. I never been 14 days late and then started bleeding.
Mary on December 31, 2018:
I had sex and after I start spotting and then I stopped and started my period it wasn’t as long as it usually is but two weeks after I started feeling sickness in the morning and threw the day always hungry I would Ger terrible headaches and feel about to throw up I have nausea and fatigue and head aches and back problems and my nipples look alittle brown could I be pregnant ?
Mariam on December 09, 2018:
I had my last period on October 10 lasted 4 days now it’s december 9 still no periods it’s been a more then a week mild abdomen cramps come and go stomach also cramps nauseas bloated tender breast sometime creamy thick sometime white watery discharge took pregnancy test on 8december18 came negative this make me feel so depressed I have all symptoms stomach feel tight then why still negative hpt
Wannabeamommysoon on December 06, 2018:
I was two days late on my period and then I started spotting it was pink the later on that day I started bleeding I bled for 3 days wit light cramping and when my period went off I started feeling the symptoms even more I took a shower yesterday and my breast were hurting so bad I could barely dry off then today I took a test and it said negative and I’m scared because I still feel the symptoms I just wanna kno what too do
Anonymous on December 06, 2018:
I got my period on October 25, 2018. It is now December 6, 2018 and i have not recieved my period. I have been super nauseous the past 7 days. My ovaries have been hurting and i have experienced back pain once. Ive been super moody and everything makes me sad. My periods have been regular for a while but i have had irregular periods before. My SO & i are trying to have a baby and my 12/6/18 NEGATIVE test has made us lose all hope. I do have ovarian cysts and i think i spend too much time on the internet because i pretty much diagnosed myself with PCOS. should i wait a few more days to take another test or should i just accept the negative one? Its been 11 days since my missed period. I refuse to believe its a "fake pregnancy" but i dont have insurance to walk into a drs office and get blood work done. Please help.
e. valois on November 28, 2018:
so.. took blood test, neg. nausea wasnt very noticable at first. now, its ridiculous. periods havent been too regular for a few years now but the last two months have been fine until now. boobs normal signs of period started on time, been extremely exhausted for a few days now, wake up groggy and disoriented. havent taken bc since the 8th bc of antibiotics doc gave me. havent really gained weight, i have been stressed but its happened before with severely less symptoms. could i be fighting off a virus??
Suma on November 25, 2018:
Now for me this is 3rd week that mean 21days but i have pregenancy symptoms, can you please explain iam pregnant or not
Jenny on November 24, 2018:
I missed my period 13 days ago.. but pregnancy test came nagetive. N i have lower back pain.. sore breast.. pelvic pain.. lower back pain....
I don't what is going..
I have pcos..
Sebenzile on November 22, 2018:
Hey. I have 3 months without seeing my periods now. My belly is getting a bit big and I have gained weight a lot. I am often very moody and tearful and even nauseous. I am easily irritated. I'm forever tired and I also have fluctuating appetite. I even spotted a few days ago. And I am not on any birth control. However, I have also take about 5 pregnancy tests so far, all of them are negative. The last test I took it last week Friday. What could be the problem??
Annonymus on November 15, 2018:
My boyfriend and I had unprotected sex last week sunday, according to my app my ovulation day was the tuesday that week. I then had spotting on the friday evening / saturday morning and it went away. I have never had those symptoms before. I have mild tingly like cramping near my uterus but all 3 urine test are negative. Is it too early to test? My period is supposedly due in 7 days. So confused right. Can someone help me?
Lovely on November 13, 2018:
I had all symptoms of pregnancy but i take test on HCG blood it was negative. What does it mean?
Rachel on November 08, 2018:
i have been bleeding for the past five weeks i have also been throwing up my last depo was 08 15 18 i have had unprotected every day practically since when i was light bleeding too now i am heavier i also have pcos endometriosis and cant stop running to the lou could i b preggo ialso got a positive opk about 3 weeks ago
Victoria on November 07, 2018:
Everytime I eat I want to throw up now it’s coming with out food I did have a period October 25th it only lasted for 3 days could I be pregnant
Ewura on October 30, 2018:
I was expecting my period 11 days ago. I've had about 3 home tests which are all negative results. My breasts feel heavier than usual and I keep cramping in my lower abdomen, my abdominal area feels hardened and it has bloated a little. Does this mean I'm pregnant, or should I go and have a blood test or ultrasound to confirm. I'm very worried
Ariana on October 29, 2018:
So I was recently diagnosed with PCOS and my doctor told me to take birth control pills but to wait for my period since its due soon as I am at the secretory phase of my cycle (as seen in an ultrasound). Its been three weeks and no period. I have been showing signs of early pregnancy or just my period so Im not really sure. I did have sex a few days after my appointment and im worried of a condom failure. I tested a few days ago (so almost three weeks after sex) and it came out negative.
Did i test too early? Could I be pregnant? Or did I just skip my period because of my PCOS? Can you skip a period when youre already on the secretory phase of the cycle? If I did just skip, then what are these “signs” Im feelinf? Is it possible to have phantom pregnancy when you really dont want to be pregnant?
Sorry for all the questions. I hope you can answer them all. Thank you!
Jeanine on October 29, 2018:
Hi, i just stopped with my "period" today. Usually before my period (but not every month) my breasts are tender. My breasts were tender 2 weeks before my period, during and after my period. I have lower back pain and i feel more tired than usual. We just came from holiday and i was well rested. I also have a weird bloated feeling to the stomach. I did not do a pregnancy test as i did have my period. But the flow was way lighter than it normally is. do you think i should do a pregnancy test that i might be pregnant.
Harpa Ósk (author) on October 19, 2018:
You should be getting a possitive test if it's been 3 months since you last period, if the test on Monday is negative you can be quite sure. Maybe you should ask for a scan to see better what's going on. It might be PCOS for example, they can check for that in the scan. If you're not pregnant and they don't see anything in the scan, it's time to look at other causes like stress, anxiety, back problems or digestive problems.
Best wishes to you
Harpa Ósk (author) on October 19, 2018:
This sounds more like it is the days before your period, some of the symptoms are similar. You should wait at least á week from now before taking another test if your period does not come in that time.
Good luck :)
Anonymous on October 19, 2018:
I have taken 3 home tests and an urine test at the dictors amd all negative. I have felt symptoms fir 2-3 months now.
Pain in lower and middle back, cramping in abdomen, fatigue, loss of concentration, frequent urination, mood swings, belly is bigger but weight is about the same, cant get comfortable at night, heightened sense of smell, acid reflux, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite, and i eat and stomach still rumbles and growls.
I dont feel like myself and go in for a blood test monday morning. A pregnancy test and other lab tests will be ran. I feel pregnant but all the tests shiw negative. I dint know whats going on.
Art on October 19, 2018:
I am due my period tomorrow 20-10-18 but I have had pain in low in my left abdomen for last few days back ache loss of appettite then hungry, constipation all in the past week.
I took a test today 19-10-18 and it was negative. I don’t feel my usual self and confused am I pregnant or is my period going to start. Me and my partner are trying to conceive.
Please help because after researching my symptoms can be related to pregnancy.
I had my Mirena coil out 4 months ago 6 months I got diagnosed with endometriosis too!
Harpa Ósk (author) on October 19, 2018:
Your symptoms are most likely the results of the shot rather then pregnancy symptoms. These symptoms are quite common in the fyrst 2-3 months on depo-provera.
Ofelia on October 10, 2018:
I need help I had my depot shot on August 3 and after august 15 i started to feel nauseated my breast are sore basically all pregnancy system but i have taking 4 urine test and one blood test and they all negative could i be pregnant and the depot shot affect my result or can my pregnancy be only in my head please help
Griselda calderon on October 05, 2018:
So, I got a depo shot in april and in juky after the three months I got the paragard iud so i didnt have my period for 4 months. On september 7th I got I believe was my period but on the 8th I completely stopped bleeding and on the 9th I started bleeding again very light and on the 10th the bleeding was very havy and the 11th was the last day of what i think was my bleeding. Two weeks after that i was experiencing pink brownishdischarge with minor cramps which lasted a few days and now since monday oct 1 I woke up feeling very nauseous and lasted all day nauseous and it been that way ever since I aslo experienced very senitive nipples and areola for maybe 3 days and Ive been extremely sensitive to small for the past 2 days and Ive also been having minor cramps. Can it be that im pregnant but its to early for a home test to confrim?
Bela on September 15, 2018:
I had unprotected sex the day after my last period (sept 2-5) ended and missed some of my birth control pills. I have been having nausea, fatigue, and cramping. as well as the fact that when I look at certain foods that I normally love I feel sick to my stomach. I took an at home pregnancy test (clearblue brand) and the result said negative but I still feel as if I am pregnant.
Mekaila on September 12, 2018:
hello i have D&C operations causing of heavy menstruation for 2 months last june 16.and my period came back 1st week of july last for 5 days after that i have unprotected sex many times with my husband to make me pregnant.And now i have experience of 2 months no period after my last menstruation and experience of constipation,nausea,tender breasts.i have 3 negative pregnancy test result.i am confused if i am pregnant or not.pls.help me
Kameshia on September 10, 2018:
I'm 19 days late on my menstrual I have experience every pregnancy symptom that is I had three negative urine test three negative hCG test I am sensitive to the smell a fish I love fish sickness in the morning in the evening afternoon at night it doesn't matter early in the morning I take my husband to work I have motion sickness I can't have anything tight around my abdomen I spotted for 2 days in August 2 days before my menstrual I experience light cramping I'm have the back aches the tenderness of the breast the dizziness the sleeping with the pillow between the legs and I notice if I move too fast that I will get lightheaded or dizzy and I'm the type of person I move fast but seems like something is slowing me down I don't know what it is but it's confusing me and I'm getting frustrated
Aiko on September 10, 2018:
I am 2 weeks late for my period. I am experiencing cramping, frequent urination, Nausea, back pain and left side of the " Puson" . And Im delayed since august until this September. . My pregnancy test is negative and i am confused whether i am pregnant or not. Is it to early to try PT??? I didnt have a sign of having a menstruation..
Aiko Jessa Bacsal on September 10, 2018:
Hi. Would like to ask
Im Aiko, 28 yrs old. I actualy got twice menstration in july 1-3 , and 28-30 then its stop. So by august My menstration did not come untiñ thid September.
I already felt those symptoms, back pain, aching left side of the ovary, Nausea four days already in the fourth day i always go to cr. , cramps of stomache. Etc. But then i waited august 28 but my meanstration didnt come. So what should i do? I already try to use the Pregnancy kit but it indicates negative result.
Makky on September 08, 2018:
I had a jadelle implant removed 8 months ago, i and hubby have been ttc my period has been regular until 2 months ago it went from 6th to 15th ever since i have been feeling nauseous, very tired and sleeps alot although i don't have any other pregnancy symptoms apart from these. I had a PT twice all was negative please what's wrong with me i feel so uncomfortable and i need ur help THANKS
Laurah9 on September 04, 2018:
My period is 11 days late, and I've not had any symptoms of my period starting (which is normally clockwork for me) but ive been feeling so sick and can barely stay awake. My discharge is the same as normal, but i had a negative test
Gervette on September 02, 2018:
My last regular period started on July 26th and ended July 29th. I ovulated on August 6th and had unprotected sex with my husband on August 2d and 6th. Started cramping on August 9th and started feeling nauseous on August 13th. Then i got what seemed light period with period cramps on august 18th ,the only thing usual with those period was that they were a lot lighter than usual i barely filled a tampon on the first day when I usually go through at least 3 super absorbant ones. As for the next days it was pretty much nothing and more pink red . Took a pregnancy test on august 17 and it came back negative took an other one on august 27 still negative but my nausea just got worst and started having food aversion and gagging on some food smells.im feeling tired Way more than usual and I frequently have very mid period cramps don't know what to do or what to think.
X on August 28, 2018:
So my period witch was spotting, came couple of days after ovulation and 6 days before my period. I had sore breasts ,but it stopped when I started to spot, I have bloating, constipation and nausea. My sense of smell is way over the hill and there are things I used to like eating and now not as much. I didn't take a test because I decided to wait couple of days. Can I be pregnant?
Snowy on August 25, 2018:
I haven't had my period in 72 days. My last period was very light and only lasted 2days, where as my normal periods last 4 days. I was nauseous twice in the morning, once in the afternoon and once at night, all in the last 5days. I did 3 pregnancy tests over the past month and all are negative. The last one I did was this morning was the clear blue one. Could it be a medical condition like PCOS or thyroid? The only symptoms I have are no period and nausea. I'm 26 and TTC. Any help?
Mattie on August 21, 2018:
I had my regular period on 7-20 thru 7-23
Ovulation should of been 7-30 thru 8-5
I started spotting on 8-1, had sex 8-2
Took pregnancy test on 8-20 which was negative.
Could I be pregnant
Everlyn on August 19, 2018:
I am 3 weeks late for my period. I am experiencing tender breast, frequent urination and diziness. My pregnancy test is negative and i am confused whether i am pregnant or not.
anonymous on August 16, 2018:
My husband says I'm crazy. It's been a couple of weeks I've been feeling these symptoms. And it's been a year and three months since I had my son. I was told by the doctors I can't get pregnant after they clammped my tubes (not tied or cut) it may have been a year and three months but it feels as though I'm pregnant. I think I took a test to early because my period is either suppose to start today or on the 20th. My husband and I always have sex unprotected. I don't know what to do besides call my ob/gyn and tell them how I'm feeling and schedule an appointment.
patience on August 12, 2018:
I had I test it was negative, I still have the signs of
pregnancy ,I went to hospital, latter told me am pregnant, I had surgery abortion the pregnancy was one month, after the next Day i still feel like am pregnant when will I be OK
Kathy Norman on July 30, 2018:
I’ve took a pregnant test and it said I was negative and I’m still getting the signs of being pregnant and it’s been this way for two weeks now and the smell of tuna makes me sick and chocolate doesn’t taste the same anymore only thing I want is strawberry cereal or ice cream or anything with strawberry in it I had a period but I only had it for two days and it was dark brown and heavy what in all does this mean?
Badwolf on July 27, 2018:
I gave birth to my baby boy on May 6th. I got my first period on June 17. The bleeding stopped for a few days then I seemed to get another period. My boyfriend and I have been using condoms every time we have sex. I am about 2 weeks late now. I have been getting nauseous every night for the past few nights, some nights so bad I have a hard time sleeping. I took a pregnancy test today and it was negative. I’ve always been pretty regular and I’m starting to freak out a bit. What do you think?
Alica on July 27, 2018:
I have been having irregular period from the first time I started up till now sometimes it I miss 1 to 3 months and now it's doing it again my last period was April 25 and I have sex may 2 and now it's July an I haven't gotten my period normal my nipple would be tender and but it's not... I been constipated then it will go away , I been feel sharp stabbing pain on my left on my tummy and back ache now and then and head ache .. is it possible I can be pregnant ?
Alexandra.L.Bassett@outlook.com on July 23, 2018:
My boyfriend and I have been trying to conceive our first baby for about 2-2/12 months. I know that window is very small and doesn't leave much time however, last month, I was exhibiting ALL of the signs. I even went to have a urinalysis done at a free clinic and it came up negative. I was seven days late on my period, cramping, tender breasts, etc however, it was negative. I am exhibiting the signs again this month however, I have to wait a bit longer to take the test since my expected ovulation date was last week on the 17th. I remain very hopeful that we are pregnant however, I have not been thinking about it as to not stress nor be in this sort of "phantom pregnancy" that I hear about every so often. I do not know what else to do aside for continuing to try and have a baby however, I do not want to continue to have my heart broken and his as well by all the negative tests. I do not know where else to turn to.
Caroline on July 14, 2018:
I was 9 days late I've had 4 faint positives 3 on first response one clear blue then 3 negative
I was by this time 11 or 12 days late I started to have a bleed which I thought was my period which usually last 7 to 10 days always but this time only bled very dark red next to brown for one day only then stopped I then went to hospital as I didn't know If I was or wasn't pregnant they did a urine & blood test which they said was negative so dr believers I had a missed miscarriage
My hormone was at 2 the dr said two weeks ago when I went to hospital
I stil didn't feel well so a few days later I started doing hpt again which are all coming up strong positive I went back to hospital they did urine & blood they were negative again the doctors are looking at me like I'm lying or I'm mad
I've brought the positive tests with me & showed them but they can't give me an answer why am I getting positive if they are getting negative I have a history of ectopic (2 times one ruptured I lost a tube & had dvt I've had a stillborn at 6 months due to sepsis I've had miscarriages I have two live births (c sections) I'm so stressed I still think I'm pregnant I should be around 7 weeks but doctors are saying no this has never happened me before
Andrea Molina on July 11, 2018:
I’m in great hope to get some help and questions answered. Last month June 13th I started my period a week early and it only lasted for 3 days but it was really heavy which is abnormal for me. Since June I’ve been lightheaded, dizzy, nauseous, very fatigued, and constant headaches. My breasts have been a little more tender than usual. I had intercourse on the Friday June 2nd which was 3 days after my period. I really didn’t think anything of it since I got a period two weeks later but now I just got a period again extremely heavy Sunday July 8th. It was so much that I bled thru my pants and later that day I felt really dizzy and nauseated then started to sweat. It only lasted around 10mins. I went home and napped a few hours. When I woke up I still felt lightheaded and very very nauseated that I threw up which I never do. I took a pregnancy test and it came back negative so I’m not really understanding if I could possibly be pregnant and a test isn’t detecting it, maybe going thru a miscarriage, or there is some other problem with me that I’m not catching yet.
Mel on July 05, 2018:
I have had every symptom possible of pregnancy for over a week now ... short light period (I am very regular and heavy) nausea, tiredness, feeling full after eating very little, dizziness, heavy breasts taken 6 tests and all were negative... last period 4th June had unprotected 15th 22nd 23rd ... is it too early to tell
Nicholle on July 04, 2018:
I had my tubes tied in 2015 im now 4 days late and i had 3 test show up positive with a faint line with one of tge test. I went to the er today they said it was neg. I have been feeling sick this past week, my boobs are bigger and my stomach is bigger. Are they a chance that im really pregnant?
Shana on July 02, 2018:
My last cycle was may 29 for four days I was feeling nauseous for three weeks I was bleeding light after sex on the 22 of June then it stopped after 45 mins i took a test June 17 it was positive I went to the hospital where they dude blood work an urine the 23 of June it was negative the doctor couldn’t find my cervix. I went to my obgyn he did a Pap smear an found my cervix high an it was soft an told never he seen no signs of pregnancy that I should come back in two week but I feel pregnant that was the 27 of June he also said he seen blood it was very little an then stoped when I got homecoming I had a pad on it wasn’t even but three small circles of blood real light what is going on
Ofy gaga on June 30, 2018:
I missed my period for two weeks and with these symptoms of sore nipples and dizziness. But still tested negative. I bled for a day and went to doctor then he gave me dedygesterone drug and the following day the bleeding stopped. That's about a week ago, I'm still testing negative and the sore nipples is not there and I'm still feeling dizzy. He asked me to return for scanning after two weeks. I'm confused
Anonymous on June 28, 2018:
My baby girl is 17 weeks and my period is almost 2 weeks late. Its the first time i am vomiting and my breasts seemed to be grown as well as my moods and cravings have been taking its toll on me. I took a test when i was a week late and negative. I also urinate like every 15 to 20 minutes day and night. Could it be that i might be pregnant because i am active sexually or is it post natal stress?
B0407 on June 25, 2018:
Hi I'm currently on birth control but I am 11 days late. I'm never late!! I have taken 3 test and they all have came back Negative. I've been feeling bloated, nauseous and very tired. Can I still be pregnant?
R807 on June 24, 2018:
Hi - I have been trying to concieve, my ‘period’ came 3 days early - very light and finished 2 days early. I have had various pregnancy symptoms including feeling really really bloated (I dont usually get bloated with my PMS symptoms). I tested today (when my period was supposed to start) and its negative, but I did test in the afternoon (too inpatient!!). Is there a possiblity I may be pregnant or am I hoping too much? Any advice/opinions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
Lerato m on June 24, 2018:
Hi i hv being having this pinkish brown discharge with no periods for two months with a negative pregnancy test am I pregnant or not
rukshana on June 20, 2018:
Hi I'm 45 mother of 3. Remarried lat year October 2017. I have missed my period in May and now we ending of June. I also happened to be ligated. It was done since 2003. I feel very different in my body. Weight had shot up. Breast feels very heavy and sore. At times in the mornings I feel nausea. I have done a urine and blood test both shows negative. There anyway I could be pregnant or false pregnancy. Please help with best advice. Thank you.
My Sunshine on June 17, 2018:
I stopped my birth control on the 6th of May had intercourse that same day. But even at the end of the month of April I was having diarrhea for 2 days. I got my period on the 8th of May for 2 days. 17th of May I felt a pulling cramp on my lower right abdomen and lower backpain for a few minutes. Later in the night I bleed little amount of red old blood and brown discharge last me for 2 days with minimal bleeding and no cramps after. The week of 21st of May felt dizzy and lightheaded and nausea and I feel hungry if I don't eat or drink. Therefore up until 17th of June no period seen. I did 2 hpt came out negative. Still feel lightheaded and nausea when eating sometimes no appetite. And emotional at times.
Anonymous on June 15, 2018:
I had an abortion last two month and then my period came in the a week and some days last month, after 1 week I had a little drop of blood that day, now this month am not seeing my period and my pregnancy test are all nagative
EC on June 13, 2018:
Hi. I haven’t had a period since April 26th. However I’ve been throwing up the last five days. Breast tenderness, headaches, cramping, fatigued, light headed ness frequent bathroom runs, loss of appetite I took a hpt and it came back negative and my cycles have been irregular. No bleeding, but my first pregnancy came back not positive as well and now my son is 11. What could be the issue here?
JJ on June 10, 2018:
I'm now 2.5 weeks late for my period.. I've got bloating, back ache, loads of headaches and now thrush (which I've never had before)... however J keep getting negative pregnancy tests. We have been trying for a baby for a while now so I just don't know if this could be something or is just my body playing tricks. Is it common to get negative tests this far after a missed period?
Harpa Ósk (author) on June 08, 2018:
I would give it a 7-10 days after implantation to take a test to be sure. So take another one in a few days :)
Harpa Ósk (author) on June 08, 2018:
Given the possibility of late ovulation, I would give it a week more, I would say that you have a window of a positive test until the 15th of June. After that, there are probably other reasons for your symptoms.
Best wishes to you and hope the best
Cookiepoo on June 05, 2018:
I just turned 40 in December, I have 24 day cycles and very regular. My last period was 4/30, should have started 5/24. Period has never come, so I'm about 2 weeks late. Do not take birth control and my partner and I have always said if it happens, great. I do keep track of ovulation and periods. We had unprotected sex in the last ovulation window. My previous pregnancy showed no signs of being pregnant except a missed period. I have been pregnant 6 times with only one birth. This missed period has many different things going on with it. A feeling of fullness in the pelvic area with tightness of jeans, a lot of white to clear egg white discharge, headaches, frequent urinating when I normally pee 3 times a day, some but not much nausea, gas, horrible fatigue. I have taken 2 hpt, one on 5/30 the other 6/2, both negative. I just recently started metformin for weight loss. I can't figure out what is going on. Should I make an appointment or just wait and see if AF shows up?
Jazzy on June 05, 2018:
Hello! I had a withdrawal bleed (from stopping birth control pills) from April 12th to April 15th. Since then, I haven’t had a period at all. Last Tuesday, I had what I think was implantation bleeding. When I wiped, I saw very light pink...so light, I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me. Nothing after that. Was the pink discharge likely implantation? I tried two dollar store tests, but they were both negative. I definitely feel pregnant (extreme bloating, sore nipples, peeing more frequently, constipation, nausea which is more extreme when hungry.) Should I maybe try a different brand of test, or should I just wait another week? I have an OBGYN appt on the 20th, but I’d like to know now!
Cookiepoo on June 04, 2018:
I started metformin a few months ago for weight loss, have very regular periods. My last period was 4/30-5/3. This cycle was supposed to start 5/24 (24 day cycles), I have taken two hpt, both negative. I have had horrible fatigue, urinating almost every hour during the day and I used to go about 3 times a day, feeling a fullness in the pubic area. I just turned 40 in December, my partner and I of 4 years do not use bc at all. Going on 2 weeks late
Harpa Ósk (author) on June 04, 2018:
Please see a doktor as soon as possible to rule our ectopic pregnancy. If you can't get an appointment try an emergency room or walk in service, today.
Hope all goes well
Harpa Ósk (author) on June 04, 2018:
If your cycle is regular, you should be getting a positive test by now. Taking into consideration that you could have had a late ovulation, you should be having a positive test during this week. If still negative in 4-5 days, I would guess that you are not pregnant and that there are some other reasons for you being late.