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2 negative pregnancy tests, still no period, could i still be pregnant?

By October 28, 2009 - 11:36am
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Heres my story,
I had my period the last week of september approximately september 22nd it lasted for about 5-7 days and my cycle lenght is 28 days which means i was expecting to start my period on the 20th of october.

i never recieved my period, but i decided to wait to take a pregnancy test because i felt that it was still too soon.

Last friday the 23rd of october i decided to buy a PT, because i thought for sure that if i was pregnant a test would now be able to detect it. I bought 2 tests from the local dollar store. I took one right away at about 6:30 pm, it was negative, i took the second test in the morning using first morning urine, that also came out negative. i am now over a week late and still no period or signs of my period.

Is it really a possibility that i had 2 false negatives? what could the problem be?

I have noticed some changes in my body such as sore/tender nipples (not the whole breast), extream tiredness, more frequent trips to the bathroom, irritability, and i noticed that ive gained 5-10 lbs since i last went to the doctor in the begining of september.

Im so confused! am i pregnant? what if all the tests i take come up negative and i still dont get my period? I dont want to do any harm to my baby if i am pregnant? How common is a false negative?

Please help, thanks so much.

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HERWriter Guide

You have an awesome attitude towards a possible pregnancy - good for you!

Please update us when you know, as it's messing with my head too! Just kidding about the last part but I know that not knowing is just awful.

Take care of yourself and I'll look out for your update.

October 28, 2009 - 1:16pm

Yes i could make an appointment today and go in the next few days possibly saturday if they are open, i work everyday except weekends so my schedule is limited on time.

I knew that antibiotics can affect BC, my boyfriend was the one who informed me of that. I also am aware that the pull out method is not a good back up method and that is my fault for not taking better precautions however i am on birth control and i guess i was naiive in thinking oh i wont get pregnant on im birth control. And as of now i guess im not pregnant. Im not scared or angry i just want to know if i should be happy that im having a baby or happy that im not because either way its a blessing. I just want to know. Having no period and 2 negative tests is just confusing me and messing with my head lol

thank you for responding so quickly i really appreciate it

October 28, 2009 - 12:52pm
HERWriter Guide

Hi again!

I don't blame you for not wanting to spend money on a brand name test since they are expensive!
But since you had surgery and took antibiotics afterward- they may have interacted with your pill and caused your pill to become unreliable so pregnancy is definitely a risk. The pull out methods works well for some women but not for most so it's not a good "back up" method.

Keep taking the pill. It's risk is extremely minimal (if at all) to an unborn baby and if you are not pregnant and you stop (thinking that you may be) then next month you might really be pregnant!

Can you get a blood draw done at your doctor's office in the next few days?

October 28, 2009 - 12:42pm

My periods have always been pretty regular and my best girlfriend and i usually have the same cycle (which i learned is fairly common when u spend alot of time with someone, your cycles tend to regulate) she was expecting her period the same time as me and she got it and i still have not gotten mine.

My boyfriend and i choose not to use condoms and we rely on birth control and the pull out method. We have both been tested for STDs and have made a promise to stay faithful to eachother.

I have not been under any more stress than normal, I work a full-time job and im a very organized person almost on verg of O.C.D. lol and i love my job. I have a boyfiend who is wonderful and would give me the world if he could, and my family life is wonderful. I know that it probably has nothing to do with that.

The only changed medically wise are....I had surgery on the 2nd of october and i was instructed not to eat or drink after midnight the day before my surgery therefore i did not take my birthcontrol on the secod of october. I was also on antibiotics after my surgery to prevent the risk of infection. My boyfriend was aware of all of this. However we did sleep together on the 4th after my surgery and to best of my knowledge everyday following

Should i discontinue taking my birth control until i find out further information? will birth control harm the baby (if i am pregnant)?

Normally i would have bought a more well known brand of PT but i figured heck they all work the same and why spend 15 on one test when i can get 2 for 2 dollars lol

I can always tell when my period is going to come because i get very bad cramps that start in my lower stomach and go down into my thighs and across my back. I havent had any cramps so far and like i said im over a week late. And even if my cycle lenght was 30days i still would have started my period by now.

thanks for commenting me back let me know if u have anymore feedback

October 28, 2009 - 12:30pm
HERWriter Guide

Dear bbyboo2u

Firstly, thanks for your post!

Let's get to your questions.

Yes, it's possible to have a false negative. I think dollar store tests can be as good as any other but I have heard some stories that women retested with brand names and got a positive when they had received a negative on the dollar brand. It might be worth it to get a brand name or you could go to a free clinic where they will test for free or a very small donation (or charge on a sliding scale).

However, you may simply be late. Unless the tests are defective, they are usually very accurate, especially when a woman's period is already late.

I have some questions for you-

Do you have a history of irregular periods?
Have you been having unprotected sex?
Have you been under stress?
Has anything changed with you in terms of medication or your health?

In terms of hurting your baby (if you are pregnant), just make sure you don't drink alcohol (extremely important in the first trimester) don't smoke or take any medications that could harm your baby, including ibuprofen and eat well - and take a multi- vitamin that contains folic acid.

Your body changes could be due to pregnancy but also could be due to PMS, as both symptoms are similar.

If you don't get your period in the next few days, retest or go for a blood draw. I wish you the best and please update us!

October 28, 2009 - 12:07pm
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