Will I Still Get a Positive Pregnancy Test If I’m Having an Ectopic Pregnancy?

Women who are trying to become pregnant often worry about every single little detail. One concern women often have after they receive a positive pregnancy test is if it is possible they have an ectopic pregnancy or some other abnormal pregnancy. This is a normal concern. In many situations a woman may receive a positive pregnancy test when she indeed has an ectopic pregnancy. The easiest way to determine if your pregnancy is normal or ectopic is to make an appointment with your doctor as soon as you receive a positive pregnancy test.

What is an Ectopic Pregnancy?
An ectopic pregnancy occurs when the embryo does not implant within the uterus. The percentage this will happen to you is fairly low as only one in every 50 pregnancies is an ectopic pregnancy. However, an ectopic pregnancy can be devastating to the woman because the pregnancy cannot survive and must be terminated for the health of the woman. If an ectopic pregnancy goes undetected the embryo will continue developing until the point in time when the fallopian tube ruptures, causing severe pain, and bleeding. Of course, some ectopic pregnancies occur in the ovary, abdomen, scars, or other places outside of the uterus. At some point the ectopic pregnancy will rupture and cause possibly permanent damage to the womans body. Because of this it is very important for women to seek prenatal care immediately after they find out they are pregnant.

Symptoms of an Ectopic Pregnancy
Once that positive pregnancy test is received many women worry immediately about whether or not the pregnancy is ectopic. There are some symptoms that will let you know whether your pregnancy is normal or possibly ectopic.

First of all, it is important to realize that not all ectopic pregnancies will result in a positive pregnancy test. So, if you have any of the following symptoms in addition to a positive or negative pregnancy test you should see your doctor immediately.

Tenderness or pain in the abdominal or pelvic area is one telltale sign of an ectopic pregnancy. Spotting or bleeding is another symptom and some women mistake this for their period. If when having a bowel movement, coughing, or moving around you have intense pain then this is a sign, too. A sure sign of an ectopic pregnancy is shoulder pain. Internal bleeding aggravates the nerves that go to the shoulder and pain is a result. Signs of shock may also occur if a fallopian tube has ruptured due to the ectopic pregnancy.

If you have any of these symptoms then make an appointment with your doctor immediately. Catching an ectopic pregnancy early increases the chances that the woman will not have lasting problems with her reproductive system and the pregnancy may be terminated quickly.


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