Can hCG test be negative in pregnancy?

A negative hCG result means that it is unlikely that a woman is pregnant. However, tests performed too early in a pregnancy, before there is a significant hCG level, may give false-negative results. Blood or protein in the urine may cause false-positive pregnancy results.
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Can ectopic pregnancy show up negative?

A pregnancy test can detect hCG levels within 10 days of a missed period, and some tests can detect it even earlier, within a week of conception. A negative pregnancy test does not absolutely rule out pregnancy or ectopic pregnancy; it may simply be too early to detect hCG in the mother's urine or blood.
  • Can ectopic pregnancy show up negative?

    A pregnancy test can detect hCG levels within 10 days of a missed period, and some tests can detect it even earlier, within a week of conception. A negative pregnancy test does not absolutely rule out pregnancy or ectopic pregnancy; it may simply be too early to detect hCG in the mother's urine or blood.
  • What are the symptoms of ectopic pregnancy at 5 weeks?

    • Morning sickness. Don't be fooled by the word “morning.”
    • Lightheadedness. Your blood pressure tends to run lower than normal during pregnancy.
    • Frequent urination. As your uterus expands, it can press against your bladder.
    • Abdominal cramps.
    • Vaginal bleeding.
    • Fatigue.
    • Breast changes.
    • Food cravings and aversions.
  • Can an ectopic pregnancy show negative on a test?

    Your GP will ask you to have a pregnancy test. You have a urine sample tested for a hormone called human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG). If you have the symptoms of an ectopic pregnancy, a negative pregnancy test doesn't rule out the possibility but does make it highly unlikely.

Updated: 18th November 2019

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