The short answer is no, a negative pregnancy test does not mean you are not pregnant. If you’ve missed your period and your pregnancy test is negative, there is a chance you could still be pregnant.
Why might I have tested negative?
One of the most common reasons women test negatively inaccurately is by taking a pregnancy test too early. You may be able to test as early as 10 days after ovulation, but it usually takes an average of 13-15 days after ovulation and fertilization for a pregnancy test to turn positive. Many women test too early, use a test with low sensitivity, or use the test incorrectly, which can lead to false negatives.
Other causes of false negative pregnancy tests include diluted urine, expired tests, improper testing, and ectopic pregnancy. If you test negative but have not gotten your period, make sure to take multiple tests throughout the week, and consult your healthcare provider with further questions.
Getting proper results
Women who do not use fertility and ovulation trackers often miscalculate the date of their next periods, meaning that it is possible they have not missed their period but simply haven’t started it yet. Knowing exactly if and when you’ve ovulated, using Ovia’s tools, can help you avoid false negatives and make sure you take a pregnancy test at the right time.