Can You Get Pregnant After Missing a Period but Not Pregnant?

Updated on February 08, 2008
A.S. asks from Clarksville, TN
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My husband and I are trying to conceive another child. I have missed my period and am not pregnant. I would like to know if we will still be able to conceive this month or do I need to wait for my period to start for the next month?

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answers from Birmingham on

I also tested to early and got a negative when I was positive, I am at the end of my 6th month of pregnancy. I also used, I have PCOS and you can get pregnant after a missed period. I have never been regular so tracking mine was difficult. Hang in there youll get it.



answers from Nashville on


You could be testing too early. I'm 32 weeks pregnant with my 3rd and the first 3 or 4 tests I took were negative, but my period wasn't showing up so I waited a few days and the next test I took couldn't have been more positive. Good luck!

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answers from Chattanooga on

Ok, from a nurse's (and mom of 2 who was told she'd never have children) stand point...Wait until your next period. On the last day of your period, count forward 10-14 days. These are your "target" days. Women's bodies and cycles are all different but, you are most likely to be ovulating during the 10th-14th day after your period. So, on those days you and your husband get to have unlimited fun!:) Then, see what happens. Some women will test positive if they are 1 day late (me) others won't test positive until 4-6 weeks after they are pregnant. Just be patient and help your body out by drinking lots of orange juice, milk, eating plenty of GOOD foods and using a multi-vitamin never hurt anything either. Get plenty of rest and most of all DO NOT STRESS OUT ABOUT IT! Stress alone can keep a woman from conceiving. That's the best I have to offer. Oh, my experience a little white wine never hurt during days 10-14 either. :D Good luck!

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answers from Huntsville on

You still have a chance. You can still be ovulating. I know lots of people that got pregnant after missed periods or even months after having a last period. (without any medical intervention)



answers from Mobile on

Yes, you can get pregnant or you could be pregnant now. If you haven't gotten your period in a few more days & still get a negative pregnancy test, you may need to see your doc. It took my husband & I a while to conceive our daughter. I was not having periods or ovulating & my doctor prescribed Prometrium to induce my period. Then, I took Clomid on cycle days 3-7 and took my BBT and tracked it through

Good luck to you!!! It can be a long, stressful road but keep your head up. If only relaxing really got us pregnant...that would be wonderful!

I wouldn't wait too long if this is an ongoing issue. If it's persistent, see your doctor. We waited a year before going to the dr. & we won't be waiting that long again if the same issue arises when we get ready for #2.



answers from Decatur on

I wouldn't worry about it. When God sees fit, it will happen.



answers from Memphis on

who is to say you aren't preg now..just too soon to show up on the test



answers from Jackson on

My Dr. has told me yes.Because your body has not flushed the "egg" out yet which well be your period.So if I were you I would keep trying!A good website I have found is you can track your ovulation times and it is very helpful.
God Bless You,



answers from Memphis on

Absolutely! Your period only arrives AFTER you have ovulated. It is when you are ovulating that you are able to get pregnant. Theoretically, a young teenager who has never had a period can still get pregnant because she will ovulate once before her first period ever arrives.

So keep trying and if your period does arrive, just use it to help you measure the length of your cycles. In a typical 28 day cycle, a woman will ovulate two weeks after the START of her last period and before the start of her next period. If you are irregular, those time frames may differ.

Good luck to you!



answers from Lafayette on

I'm not to sure about missing a period an still getting pregnant. but 1 question is why did you miss your period if your not pregnant? try to concieve a baby can be stressful on the body. you should get in tune with body and how it works and times of fertilaztion or ovulation times!! the cathoilic church teaches what is called natural family planning which is designed to help women to understand there bodies and times to avoid sex or to have sex to concieve or abstain. and there are many books you could read up in to concieve or even the internet or ask
your ob/gyn.



answers from Chattanooga on

Are you sure you are not pregnant? Maybe you should wait a few days and take another test. Maybe you miscalculated when your period was due. With both my kids, I was so excited to see if I was pregnant that I took those early pregnancy tests that are supposed to tell you before you even miss a period. Both times it was negative even though I really was pregnant. A few days later when I tried again, it was positive (both times). Hope this helps.



answers from Biloxi on

My first question would be...are your cycles "regular" or "irregular". If you are "regular" like clockwork, than it could be possible. However, if you have "irregular" cycles, it makes it harder to determine.

In my case, I had irregular cycles and it took me 7 years and lots of fertility advice before I finally conceived my twins. I have PCOS and my cycles were every 6 months if that. We finally went to high powered fertility drugs and got pregnant the first time.

However, after the twins were born, my cycles have be slowly but surely become regular, which to me is very strange. I'm 39 and conceived my twins at 34, almost 35.

I agree with what the ladies are saying that you could be "testing" too soon. Espically if your cycles are regular. And also some times you may never get a + result on the over the counter pregnancy may have to have blood drawn to find out. If you have insurance and your dr would give you the paperwork for it, that might be a better idea.

I would suggest contacting your doctor if you haven't gotten your cycle in your regular time, to make sure there isn't something else going on.

Everyone say to "RELAX and it will happen"...makes it hard to relax when you are having issues trying to conceive. Trust your body and your gut feelings on it.

I will put you in my prayers for guidance and wisdom on this issue for you. Please keep us updated, so we know if this is the month or not. :)

Take care,
God Bless,
J. D



answers from Texarkana on

I am not sure about that, but let me tell you what worked for me. Try a home ovulation test. I tried one of those and got pregnant right away. You might ovulate,but not have a period. Especially if your body feels stress.



answers from Chattanooga on

Well, I don't know if you can get pregnant or not.. BUT It sure don't hurt to try!!! And just remember more pregnancies occur when the parents-to-be are relaxed and enjoying themselves than following a strict schedule. My advice? relax, enjoy, have some fun and even if you don't wind up preggo this month... you enjoyed each other, and probably spent some much-needed time with each other!



answers from Clarksville on

Keep trying! lol. I am currently about 8 weeks pregnant with my second child and was trying to get pregnant for about a 6 months before. I too kept missing periods but not being pregnant. All you can do is to keep trying. Don't let it consume you, start taking your folic acid supplements (I wish I would have!) and it will happen. Good luck!



answers from Baton Rouge on

Are you sure you are not testing to early?? It took until I was almost 2 months pregnant with both of my children before I could get a test to say I was pregnant.
But onto your question, yes you can keep trying to conceive even though you haven't gotten your period. Your period happens to get rid of the unwanted egg after ovulation. So you might not have ovulated yet or maybe it's stress from trying to conceive. Just relax and have fun!



answers from Jonesboro on

you can go to baby and in the tool section it will tell you when you are ovulating and alot of advice for you, i hope this helps.



answers from Memphis on

My first preg. didn't show a positive test until a week after I was late. Wait another week and take another test. If it's still neg., then you may check w/your doc (occasionally a missed period may be a sign of a more serious symptom; but you may be pregnant and it's not showing up yet; if you're normally irregular, then it's probably just that). You can also check out for more info on the female cycle and hormones and all that. Stress can delay ovulation, and delayed ovulation delays either conception or your period. If you ovulated & conceived late, then you may very well be pregnant but just not showing up yet.



answers from Nashville on

I say.... relax and quit trying.
You'll be pregnant before you know it.

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