I was certain I was pregnant when my period didn't show up this month, but I just tested negative using the ClearBlue Easy digital tests. I had a normal cycle with a beautifully clear five-day ovulatory phase, during which our timing was perfect for a "hit." My luteal phase is faithfully 13 days, and I chart carefully, so I have two years' worth of cycles to compare it to. I'm at 18 days post ovulation, and there isn't even an inkling of a feeling that my period is coming. I don't temp very much since we still nurse at night sometimes and my basal temperatures aren't reliable, so I don't have that for a cross-reference. But I really can't imagine that with all this, I'm truly *not* pregnant. Taking Charge of Your Fertility says that it's extremely rare for a woman to be more than 16 days post ovulation with no period and not be pregnant, but that negative test shook me up.
I have read that some women get false negatives well into several weeks pregnant (one site said as high as 14% testing at day 17 post-ovulation). But I'm confused. I'd be OK if I weren't pregnant (though I'd feel a little silly!), but I wonder why I'm not showing up, you know?
We're new to this town, and I haven't chosen a family practicioner yet. How does that work? Do you just call and ask for a pregnancy blood test? Is that much more reliable than the OTC tests? I read some women *still* test negative with those! Ugh. I wish I hadn't tested. I wish I had just listened to the wisdom of my body and rode whatever came of this.