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Every month we will identify the 6 most commonly asked questions about ectopic pregnancy and answer them. If you have any further questions which you cannot find answers on the website, please can you contact us. We answer your recent questions on ectopic pregnancy. Can you have a false negative test result? Is there constant pain? Find out in below in our November blog.

Can ectopic pregnancy give false negative?

False negative can be taken to imply that the test has missed a case. As ectopic pregnancy is diagnosed on a number of investigations including blood bHCG levels and trans vaginal scans, false negatives are extremely rare. If a laparoscopy is under taken and no ectopic pregnancy is seen, it is possible that there is a very early ectopic pregnancy which is too small to be seen.

How long can you go with an ectopic pregnancy?

Ectopic pregnancy usually presents 6 to 8 weeks after the last mensural period and is uncommon after that.

Does an ectopic pregnancy hurt all the time?

Pain from an ectopic pregnancy is usually unilateral and continuous rather than cramping and intermittent pain that can occur with a miscarriage. The pain of an ectopic pregnancy occurs as the Fallopian tube is descended and further pain can occur if the ectopic pregnancy ruptures. There is bleeding into the abdomen which can cause shoulder tip pain.

How early can ultrasound detect ectopic pregnancy?

The diagnosis of ectopic pregnancy is not made on ultrasound alone but on history examination and blood levels of bHCG . With these investigations, the diagnosis is usually made about six to eight weeks from the last mensural period.

What colour is ectopic bleeding?

Vaginal discharge is described as dark and Purina Duce. Sometimes you may have fresh bleeding.

What are the first signs of ectopic pregnancy?

The first signs of a possible ectopic pregnancy include vague pelvic discomfort and light brown vaginal discharge.