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What does a negative pregnancy test result mean?

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If you get a negative result, you are likely not pregnant. However, you may still be pregnant if:

If you get a negative pregnancy test result, try retesting within about a week to double-check. Some home pregnancy tests suggest doing this regardless of your results.

  • The test is past its expiration date.
  • You took the test the wrong way.
  • You tested too soon.
  • Your urine is too diluted because you drank large amounts of fluids right before the test.
  • You are taking certain medications, such as diuretics or antihistamines.

From: Pregnancy Tests WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Pregnancy Association: "Understanding Pregnancy Tests: Urine & Blood." 

American Pregnancy Association: "Taking a Pregnancy Test." 

American Pregnancy Association: "Pregnancy FAQ: Early Pregnancy."

Department of Health and Human Services: "Pregnancy Tests: FAQs."

Lab Tests Online: "hCG."

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on February 11, 2019

SOURCES:

American Pregnancy Association: "Understanding Pregnancy Tests: Urine & Blood." 

American Pregnancy Association: "Taking a Pregnancy Test." 

American Pregnancy Association: "Pregnancy FAQ: Early Pregnancy."

Department of Health and Human Services: "Pregnancy Tests: FAQs."

Lab Tests Online: "hCG."

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on February 11, 2019

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