What does delay in periods and negative pregnancy test indicate?

Posted on Wed, 29 Apr 2015 in Women's Health
Question: My wife tested positive for ovulation few weeks back, we tried for baby then. This month her period was 4 days late, she tested for pregnancy but it was negative. And there's no periods. What could be the cause?
Answered by Dr. Swarnava Dattagupta 2 hours later
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I understand your concern.
But let me tell you that this result can be a false negative one. When there is unprotected sex during the fertile period or period of ovulation, fertilisation can take place eventually. But it takes around 15-20 days from that period for the beta-hCG to reach optimum level so that it can be detected by pregnancy test. So maybe the pregnancy test was done a bit too early. Also, if the patient is very much stressed or tensed, periods may alter and become late to appear.
So my suggestion would be to get a repeat pregnancy test after 5-7 days. If it is positive, pregnancy will be confirmed. If it is negative, chances of pregnancy will be reduced and you will need to visit a gynecologist to rule out other causes. And if in the meantime, period occurs, pregnancy can be ruled out.

Hope I have answered your question.
Contact me for further queries.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Pradeep Vitta
Follow up: Dr. Swarnava Dattagupta 37 minutes later
Thanks. I will follow up on this.
Answered by Dr. Swarnava Dattagupta 11 minutes later
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Feel free to ask me anytime.

Wish you guys good health.
Take care.
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