Period 4 days late, Negative EPT test … Am I Pregnant?

About 2 weeks before my period was about to start I started feeling a little sick to my stomach. Nothing too strong, but upset. My period was supposed to start 4 days ago. I took an Ept test yesterday and it was negative. I feel really light cramping, bloated and tender breasts. My husband and I have been trying to have a child for 2 years, so every month has been so disappointing. Is there a reason why my period is late? If I’m not pregnant, is there a possiblity something is wrong?

Thanks,
Melissa


Dear Melissa,

Thank you for your question. Without knowing all your circumstances, it’s difficult to know for sure what is taking place; but, then again, the purpose of this website is never to “diagnose” but rather to provide helpful informative information & to encourage readers to see their personal health professionals for any “official diagnosis.”

Having said all that legal jargon, here goes: Your symptoms that you stated sound like you are pregnant, but I’d be careful about really getting my hopes up too high, if I were you.  Bloated & tender breasts, light stomach nausea and a missed period are typical indicators that someone is pregnant.  Keep in mind that home urine based pregnancy test kits increase in their accuracy when you are at least a week (or more) past the time your period should have begun.  The “pregnancy hormone” (hcg) increases in the weeks during your first trimester.  You can read more about early pregnancy symptoms and about home urine pregnancy test kits (the articles are found near the bottom of both pages).

Now, having said all the hopefully, positive things above, let’s cover some of the other facts of life:

  1. The same symptoms that you might experience which can indicate that you are pregnant can also be experienced by those who are not pregnant and may indicate health issues which a professional medical physician would need to diagnose.
  2. Home urine based pregnancy tests are not 100% accurate.  I would definitely recommend you take another one.  Better yet, schedule an appointment with your physician (if you still haven’t had your period) and have a lab quality pregnancy test there.
  3. Periods can be late for a number of reasons.  Stress is a big cause, as is sickness, poor diet or a major change in diet.  Even changing your exercise routine can cause your monthly cycle to go out of whack.  Now, a missed period is always one of the first indicators that someone is pregnant, but just keep in mind that it’s not a 100% for sure thing that you really are pregnant.

Best of luck to you & your husband, Melissa.

Hannah

Comments

  1. hi kym…I have experienced to be 7 days late. I took 3 test and the result was negative. If you are not active sexually then the delay might only be because of the diet pills/slimming tablets. Reasons why you can be delayed is because of pregnancy, stress, sudden change in weight which I think might be happening in you. Usually it takes until 7-8 days to be delayed because our body is adjusting in the changes. I was problematic last week. I thought I was pregnant and I was thinking about it all day and night. I was experiencing nausea, dizziness, frequent urination which are signs of pregnancy, but after 7 days I was able to have my period when I stop thinking about it as a problem. Sometimes rest is all we need for it to come out.

    • Angel Sanders says:

      Hello, I am Angel, well i am only a day late and never late i had gotten my period back on Dec 18, 2015 Than i started spotting on the day of Jan 2, 2016 and it last off and on for a week. I had cramping and headaches. So i am trying to see if that is a sign of pregnancy as well? and now I am going to the bathroom to every 30 minutes throughout being at work and now i am feeling small backaches in the lower part of my back.

  2. hello,
    I had sex with my boyfriend of a year and a half for the first time on June 15th. I was suppose to get my period Saturday June 23rd and it hasn’t came yet. I have been taking antibiotics for an UTI and a yeast infection since Friday June 22nd. I took a home pregnancy test Saturday June 23rd and it was negative. I am experiencing light cramping and feel a little bloated. I have been stressing out alot lately about if I am pregnant or not. Please help me out. It is greatly appreciated.

  3. My husband n I have been ttc for over a year now..my breast have been sore for about a month now,my period is 4 days late and im noticing white creamy discharge..(no smell)..can I finally b pregnant? I didnt take pregnancy test because im affraid of let down..can anyone give me some advice.

  4. Can somebody help me. I had what I thought was implantation bleeding two weeks before my period and now my periods are 4 days late and I took the ept test last night which was neg. Was very disappointed bcos I hv all the symptoms of early pregancy. I contantly pass urine its irritating. And I have this clear to milky discharge,no smell. I have headaches every mornings. Please somebody help me,could I be pregnant even if the ept shows up negative.

  5. I didn’t want to get my period while I was vacationing so I used the Nuvaring. On my way home I removed it and 5 days later, my period came (9.16). I can’t say my boyfriend and I are trying to get pregnant BUT we aren’t doing ANYTHING to prevent it. Today is 10.20 and still no period. I’ve been cramping for a wk now, back pains, headaches, and slight nausea but nothing I can’t handle. I took a test from the 99 cent drugstore and it was negative. WTH is going on?! lol

  6. I HAVE A ?? I GOT MY PERIOD 4 DAYS EARLY AND MY PERIOD USUALLY LASTS LIKE 4-5 DAYS AND THIS MONTH I HAD MY PERIOD FOR 8 DAYS ! DOES THAT MEAN SOMEHING I HAD UNPROTECTED SEX 1 TIME, WE HAD SEX 1 TIME AND I WAS PROTECED THEN LIKE 20 MIN LATER WE HAD SEX AGAIN BUT IT WAS UPROTECTED , SO DO U THINK THERES A POSSIBILLITYI CAN BE PREGNANT ! ALSO MY PERIOD WAS A REALLY BRIGHT RED WICH THA NEVER HA[PPENDS , BUT I DONT HAVE ANY SYMPTOMS CAN THAT BE SOMEHING ORR IAM OLY HAVING A LITTLE PANICK ATTACK !! PLEASE HELP “THANK YOU “

  7. how do i know i am pregnant when i was 4 days lat and now i am just spotting going on 4 days now

  8. I’m 6 days late bt I dnt feel any sympton of pregnancy,I usualy feel sign b4 mis period,could I b pregnant?

  9. Hi, I am 4 days late. My boyfriend and I have a lot of unprotected sex. I won’t say we’re not trying, but we also don’t use protection. My last period was October 20th, and I was expected to get my period on November 19th. I have had strange cravings for foods I have never liked in my life, and I’ve had 2 negative pregnancy tests. Any advice would be greatly appreciated as I do want to be pregnant.

  10. Babyfever says:

    Hi today also make me four days late me in my boyfriend of 5 year r actually trying to conceive a baby my last period was November 2 2014 my next period was post to be November 30 today’s dec 3rd I’m actually feeling excited but don’t want too get my hopes up to high this is are second month of actually trying so we did have a lot of sex in November including ovulation days that my app on my phone till me two days ago I tested negative is it to early wish me luck

  11. Hi,my period is 4 days late but for the past week I’ve had cramps like I’m going to get my period but still nothing.I’m too afraid to do a pregnancy test to afraid of disappointment. I’ve been having unprotectected sex with my boyfriend.Could I be pregnant? Please help

  12. Hi my period is four days late .I fell like I might be pregnate I feel dizzy.nausia,back pain. tender Brest bit I got my tubes tide in November two years ago could I be pregnate

  13. Rachael McAlinden says:

    Hi me and my partner have been tryin for near enough 5 Years for a baby.. my peroid is always on time. I was due my peroid on the 14th off may and now im 4 days late. I have suffered alot off heartburn an have a milky discharge but no smell. Could i be pregnant? Is it to early to take a test?

  14. Blessing Yusuf says:

    Am 7 late today but is still not out I did pregnancy test it was negative

  15. Blessing Yusuf says:

    Am 7days late today but is still not out I did pregnancy test it was negative

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