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ask: 19 days late, negative pregnancy tests - how common is this - women to have low HCG?

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I know the questions have been over-asked but I really need some advice. My last period was 5th Jan and I had unprotected sex on 12th Jan (Day 8th). I am now 19 days late and no sign of my period. My periods are typically 26-30 days and I am very regular - except for the last one which was a week late and only lasted 3-4 days (normally it's 5-6).

Symptoms-wise, I noticed extra discharge few days after period was due and I felt mildly dizzy a few times. Have been waking up a few times a night to pee. Nipples were sore for half a day last week, when I was ten days late. Was at a car showroom with my bf last weekend and felt nauseated by the smell of new leather.

Thing is, I've tested 4 times and it's all negative (last test was today). Am I stressed? Well, kinda, but not anymore than I usually am. Wondering if it's common for some women to just not register enough HCG to get a positive test. Some background: I was pregnant about 7 years ago and I only picked it up after I was 2 months plus. Aborted at 3 months :(

A part of me really hopes I'm pregnant and I keep thinking about it. Please help.

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Hi, i am late by 15 days on my periods, i took pregnency test twice - first on 5th day another on 15th both came negative, but feeling like sick with back ache and leg cramps. breast also painning little and feel like little heavier than early. my periods are little irregular.
can you pl suggest for further.

March 4, 2015 - 12:15am
EmpowHER Guest

I know people barely reply on these things but did you ever get your period? i am going through the exact same thing and its driving me crazy... I am 9 days late. Going to see the doctors on wednesday, I'm just curious if yours ever came, or if you ever got an explanation on what was going on!

February 8, 2015 - 12:36am
EmpowHER Guest

I can say that I'm in the same boat along with you and a lot other, im also 19days late had several hpt all negative, I also had blood work done and it was negative as well, I had and ultrasound done and nothing they just say 2 small cyst on my ovary, so my advise to you is go to see your ob/gyn

Best of luck! Please keep us posted.

January 17, 2015 - 8:21am
EmpowHER Guest

Im 35 am currently 18 days late my cycle is always 27-28 days.
I have 3 kids 16-11-9. After my youngest was born I had my tubes tied and last may i had to have a cyst removed from my left tube.
Symptoms I've been having is very tired all the time, headaches, low back pain, nauscious, heart burn, some breast tenderness sometime, and cramping like im gonna start but nothing. My last period was the 23 of sept puts me at ovulation on the 7 of oct i had 11 days after that a night where i bled for like a half hour since then i have just had some mucas discharge a couple time with a ting of brown in it. I took a cheapo test it was neg im so confused on what is going on plz help with any advise

November 8, 2014 - 8:47pm
EmpowHER Guest

hello this is 5 or 6 time when i had sex on my fertile period, my mensus gone late 12- 16 days, and today my mesus start, this the same from last 5 month, can u tell me what is wrong in this case. please i am looking for expert on this.

October 1, 2014 - 11:43pm
EmpowHER Guest

Hi Anonymous,

Welcome to Empowher and thanks for your question. If you are now approximately 10 days late for your period and three negative pregnancy tests, I think your period is just late. This is very common as each and every woman can tell stories of abnormal periods. There may not be a reason, per se, behind the delayed period, sometimes this just happens and it is ok.

Abnormal periods are very common also in the teen years and in your 20s. If you are concerned about pregnancy, you could always make an appointment with your physician to have a blood test taken although, I would wait if I were in your shoes. You may be surprised that it will just show up.

Keep us posted.


January 22, 2012 - 2:54pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

yes ! m concerned about preg. i am 29 year old , and trying for last 6 to 8 month, also having sex on fertile period,

October 2, 2014 - 12:03am
EmpowHER Guest

Hi there,

I am new to this site and was wondering if I could get some adive.
I am 24 and am fairly healthy. I usually get my period between the 10th and 13th of every month, however this month is different. I am about 9-12 days late for my period and have taken 4 hpt which have all had the same negitive result? I am confused as to why this is, and is it that common for women to not have enough HCG in their system to detect a positive test?

January 22, 2012 - 11:49am
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in november 2009 i was late getting my period. i was supposed to start on the first and didnt so i took a test and it was negative. a couple of weeks later, i was having leg cramps so i went to the doctor and advised him i hadnt started my period. he ordered a urine preg test and again it was negative. the day before thanksgiving, i went to a follow-up appoitment i had with a female specialist regarding a bladder condition i have and told her i still hadnt started my period and told her about the leg cramps and some other symptoms. she thought it was odd and ordered another urine test, which also came back negative so she wanted a blood test done to check for pregnacy and to check for low horomone levels that may have contributed to my missed period. she called me on december 2nd and advised me i was pregnant but that she couldnt tell me how far along i was because she only ordered the test to see if i was pregnant and not the more specific test that showed my HCG levels because she didt think i was pregnant since the urine test came back neg. she advised me to call my ob/gyn. i called him and he ordered more blood work. the test showed different levels and they were saying between 4-8 weeks which is a big gap. so he ordered an ultrasound and it showed 6 weeks and everything looked normal but there was no heartbeat which the ultrasound tech said may have been to early to hear. the dr. ordered more bloodwork exactly a week later and it still showed the large gap so, again, another ultrasound the very next day, which at that time i would have been 7 weeks. i went for the ultrasound and there was no baby and no heartbeat. it was ruled a blighted ovum and i miscarried 2 weeks later. i have not been able to conceive ever since. i already have a son and a daughter and had no problems conceiving them.

April 12, 2011 - 9:17pm
Rosa Cabrera RN (reply to Anonymous)

Hi Anon,

I'm sorry for your loss! I also had a miscarriage at about 8 weeks along so I can empathize with you. Have you consulted with your doctor to see why you haven't been able to conceive since?

April 13, 2011 - 6:10am
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