Hello Deborah. And welcome to HCM.
The brown spotting
is indeed experienced by woman nearing menopause
. But, this alone does not mean that you are peri-menopausal (around menopause).
There are chances of HPT's returning negative even in pregnant women and the best option would be a blood test
. You only have to wait another day and you could confirm this.
I hope this information helps. Best wishes.