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There can couple of reasons for an initial pregnancy test to be negative;
1) A urine pregnancy test has a lower sensitivity. So unless pregnancy hormone come to level good enough to be detected by the urine pregnancy kit; the test may not be positive.
2) Another reason can be that test may have been done too early. After the fertilization of ovum and sperm; this has to attach to the uterus (womb), which may take some days. After attachment to the uterus; the pregnancy hormone starts growing. So if the test is performed just before the attachment to uterus; it may be turn out to be negative.
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Just to add to the above answer;
There is a pregnancy called as ectopic gestation. In this the fertilized ovum attaches to ovary or fallopian tube or elsewhere instead of uterus. This may not raise the pregnancy hormone for significant duration and thus tests may come negative. This is not common but a possibility for negative tests. An ultrasound can detect it. Please read about it;
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